The Ghost of Sherlock Holmes
Can the memory of the word’s greatest detective ever really fade away? The answer is a resounding NO!
In the mid-19th century, England experienced an influx of Irish immigrants, who swelled the populations of England’s major cities, including the East End of London. From 1882, Jewish refugees from Eastern Europe and Tsarist Russia moved into the same area. The civil parish of Whitechapel in London’s East End became increasingly overcrowded. Work and housing conditions worsened, and a significant economic underclass developed. Robbery, violence and alcohol dependency were commonplace, and the endemic poverty drove many women to prostitution.
In October 1888, London’s Metropolitan Police Service estimated that there were 1200 prostitutes and about 62 brothels in Whitechapel. The economic problems were accompanied by a steady rise in social tensions. Between 1886 and 1889, frequent demonstrations, such as that of 13 November 1887, led to police intervention and further public unrest. Racism, crime, social disturbance, and real deprivation fed public perceptions that Whitechapel was a notorious den of immorality. In 1888, such perceptions were strengthened when a series of vicious and grotesque murders attributed to “Jack the Ripper” received unprecedented coverage in the media.
Do you have what it takes?
an the memory of the word’s greatest detective ever really fade away? The answer is a resounding NO!
It is elementary! A very special dinner party is being hosted by a dubious Sherlock Holmes collector. During the course of this mysterious evening, the host will demonstrate the peculiar mind-powers of Dr. Joseph Bell, the personality profiling prowess of the Great Detective himself, the esoteric attributes of a deck of cards rumored to have belonged to Jack the Ripper, the haunted finger rings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Cottingley Fairies, and much more!
Delve into the mysteries surrounding the real life Diogenes Club and the murder that happened there! Was Sherlock Homes a real person? Some say he died in 1957 at the age of 103! Others that he was the before mentioned Dr. Joseph Bell. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the creator of Holmes as a fictional character) met Bell in 1877, and served as his clerk at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
- Contact the spirit of the great detective!
- Explore the history of the Diogenes Club!
- Solve a mystery just like Holmes might have!
- Look for clues and solve the case!