After reading and reviewing The Sherlockian I wrote to the author, Graham Moore, about the question of whether a person can strangle themselves by tying something around their throat. My email to him and his reply form this post.
After reading a book I prepare a personal review which I post on my blog, Mysteries and More from
, which is located at mysteriesandmore.blogspot.com. My review is at the end of this message. As set out in the review I was very impressed by The Sherlockian. Saskatchewan
The deaths of your character, Alex Cale, and the real life Sherlockian, Richard Lancelyn Green, by strangulation with a shoelace and the ambiguity of whether death was suicide or murder brought to mind a recent court case I handled. Part of my legal practice is criminal defence.
A year ago I successfully defended a
prison guard who had been charged with assaulting a young woman inmate. We led evidence that she had tried to strike him and he had defended himself. Saskatchewan
The young woman was about 5’6” and 250 pounds. She was a deeply troubled person who often tied ligatures around her neck to choke herself. The evidence at trial showed numerous times while she was an inmate in
she either passed out or nearly became unconscious. Saskatchewan
She was then transferred to other penal institutions in
. She continued to tie ligatures around her neck at each institution. Her life came to an end when she tied a ligature one night and died. There is great controversy in Canada over staff not intervening when they knew she had the ligature tied around her neck. A coroner’s inquest is dealing with the issue. Canada
There have been various public reports and television documentaries about her.
There is no doubt for me that a person can bring about the end of their life by tying something tightly around their neck.
I would be interested in any comments you might have on this message and the review. I am considering posting the message and would include your response if you make one and give permission for it to be posted.
I look forward to your next book.
My review is:
Click here on The Sherlockian to link to my review
Thanks so much for sending that! Fascinating. I appreciate the update on the state of the medical debate about garroting.
And thanks for the kind review; I'm grateful.
So glad you enjoyed the book,