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Dr Watson reviews his tab at the Hound and Ferret

Dr Watson reviews his tab at the Hound and Ferret

An A-Z of the Criminal Underworld: “L”

Since Holmes departed and left me on my tod in these miserable rooms [Charming – Mrs H], I’ve often whiled away an afternoon by compiling an A-Z of some of the most notorious criminals I’ve ever had the misfortune to meet.  In honour of Holmes’ objection to conformity I’m starting this week with the letter ‘L’ – which is also convenient as I left the notes for ‘A’ inside the arm-cast of a patient I saw last Wednesday. C’est la vie as the Italians say.


Lolloping Beggar, The

A devious confidence trickster who would extort huge sums of money from wealthy women. Once the crime was discovered he evaded capture by alternately skipping, shuffling and shambling in such a way that it rendered any assailant powerless as they were too busy rolling on the ground crying “It’s so funny it hurts”. Luckily for Londoners his career came to a timely end when he lolloped into a dyke and was never seen again.


Lionel the Staffordshire Bull terrier

While not strictly a criminal, Lionel deserves his place here due to a penchant for shredding and eating vital evidence during his brief stay with us in early 1900.  He was also responsible for the defacement of our original rug and one of my moccasins.  Finally we dispatched the shaggy brute to a kindly old lady in Kensal Green. Why we sent her a soiled moccasin and not the dog is still a mystery.

Lionel and friends in happier times

Lionel the Staffordshire Bull Terrier – loved life, and moccasins.


Lance Corporal Edgar Davids

A dashing young officer who became a double-agent during the First Boer War.  First he took the side of the Boers, then came over to our side, joined the French who weren’t even involved, came back to our side again, had another stint with the Boers and finally decided he’d always rather liked the Portuguese.  He was allegedly killed in a parade ground accident in early 1898 but Holmes always felt he shared a striking similarity to the Dutch long-jump champion, Erik Van Schlupp.

Double-agent and all-round git

Lance Corporal Edgar Davids shortly before his accident. Although an experienced campaigner and double-agent he never mastered the correct way to hold his rifle.


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