The Abduction of Sherlock Holmes

  title={The Abduction of Sherlock Holmes},
  author={David Carson},
  journal={International Journal of Police Science \& Management},
  pages={193 - 202}
  • D. Carson
  • Published 1 June 2009
  • Law
  • International Journal of Police Science & Management
All criminal investigations, and resulting trials, rely upon inferential reasoning. Theories, hypotheses and conclusions, are drawn from the evidence. The victim's blood was on the knife; we infer it was the murder weapon. The suspect's fingerprints are on the knife; we infer he killed the victim. Sherlock Holmes, although a fictional character, remains renowned as a great detective. However, his methodology, which was abduction rather than deduction, and which is innocently used by many real… 

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