When William Gordon was released from Peterhead Prison he smuggled out a message from fellow prisoner, Oscar Slater. The message, written on waterproof paper and hidden under Gordon's tongue, was a plea for help. It was to be delivered to none other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The notion that Sherlock Holmes could have been a cocaine addict seems absurd. However even in A Study in Scarlet, the first work featuring Holmes, there were hints that Sherlock Holmes might have been using drugs.
In 1909 Conan Doyle, fueled by "a burning indignation, which is the best of all driving power", wrote a book in only eight days. The Crime of the Congo, dealt with the atrocities committed in the Belgian Congo on behalf of King Leopold II.
Conan Doyle was born in Scotland on May 22, 1859. He passed away on July 7, 1930. Between those two days he led quite a life! See a timeline for the professional and private life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
In 1893 Sherlock Holmes met his death at Reichenbach Falls in "The Adventure of the Final Problem". His fans had to wait until 1901 to once again enjoy a novel featuring the great detective. That novel was "The Hound of the Baskervilles".
Come what may, I am bound to think that all things are ordered for the best; though when the good is a furlong off, and we with our beetle eyes can only see three inches, it takes some confidence in general principles to pull us through. ~ The Stark Munro Letters