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Thread #155557   Message #3660608
Posted By: MGM·Lion
15-Sep-14 - 05:19 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Is this an urban myth?
Subject: RE: Folklore: Is this an urban myth?
Stim == well before 1979. Auntie Peggy would tell this story in the 40s. But not really a related story. Such disappearances as that you relate quite often get told of. But in Auntie Peggy's story, the point is that he had planned it to leave his wife & perhaps go off as arranged with a mistress, or some such.

The story of the MP, Stonehouse, who (unsuccessfully) faked his drowning to vanish & escape arrest is nearer; but not that near.

Actually, Lighter, Holmes did eventually solve that mystery, in one of the follow-up stories from the 1950s by Adrian Conan Doyle [son of Arthur] & John Dickson Carr, published as The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes (1954), which took up & expanded some of Watson's throwaway refs from the originals.