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As a subscriber to your magazine, I wait in anticipation each month for its delivery. The November issue contains one article of great interest – ‘Britain’s Unsolved Crimes’. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is mentioned.

Conan Doyle once turned detective himself, to clear the name of George Edalji. He was the son of Rev Sharpurji Edalji, in the parish of Great Wyrley and Cheslyn Hay, Sta ordshire, where I grew up. Edalji’s father was originally from Mumbai, and had converted to Christianity before marrying an English woman. The family was frequently subjected to prejudice and harassment, which culminated in the conviction of their eldest son, George, a Birmingham solicitor.

Edalji had been convicted of killing a pony in August 1903 and was sentenced to seven years in prison. In October 1906, Edalji was released, because the sentence given was considered too harsh, but his name was still not cleared. Determined to clear his name, Edalji wrote a series of articles for The Umpire newspaper, which Conan Doyle read and decided to help solve the puzzle.

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December 2016