Inspector Lastrade drops by Baker Street to socialize and presents Holmes with his current problem. He is baffled by a series of apparently senseless burglaries in which the only thing stolen is a small bust of Napoleon, which is later broken into pieces by the thief. Unlike Lastrade, Holmes sees a sinister purpose behind these irrational break-ins and has that confirmed when a Italian immigrant with Mafia connections is found with his throat slashed at the scene of the latest robbery.
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Did You Know?
When Venucci is crying over his son's body, there are coins on the dead man's eyes. The tradition of placing pennies on the eyes of the corpse - to pay Charon the ferryman to carry the person's soul across the River Styx - dates back to Ancient Rome and Greece. See more
After examining the shards of the fourth shattered Napoleon bust outside the empty house, Sherlock, Watson and Lestrade head out to the street where modern automobiles are visible in the background. See more
[Lestrade visits Holmes and Watson in their rooms at 221B Baker Street
Anything remarkable on hand, Lestrade?
No, nothing in particular.
[after a long pause, lowers the newspaper he's reading and smiles at Lestrade
Then tell us about it.
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