there […] will lie for all time the most dangerous criminal and the foremost champion of the law of their generation.

There [Reichenbach Falls] on 4 May 1891 he fell to his death when he was brutally attacked by a fellow Englishman. Moriarty’s assailant was a well-known and apparently unhinged drug addict who had developed an unhealthy fascination with the distinguished scholar and followed him across Europe with the intention of killing him. Psychotic celebrity stalkers are not just a modern phenomenon. After faking his own death and spending several years on the run, the killer (who was the brother of a senior government official) finally returned to London and confessed his crime—yet was never prosecuted. Cynics would say that his friendship with senior policemen no doubt also helped him retain his freedom.


3 years later…

"Did you think I was anything other than destroyed already? Did you think I had any will or desire left for indiscretions, when I thought you were dead? Did you think that I cared for my reputation, when one word - one note, one token, could have let me know, oh God, that you were still alive? How could you, how could you, when you knew - that I loved you?”— Rohase Piercy, My dearest Holmes

3 years later…

"Did you think I was anything other than destroyed already? Did you think I had any will or desire left for indiscretions, when I thought you were dead? Did you think that I cared for my reputation, when one word - one note, one token, could have let me know, oh God, that you were still alive? How could you, how could you, when you knew - that I loved you?”
— Rohase Piercy, My dearest Holmes