Having discovered that George was in prison with Hayden Price and is now teaching him to read Sir Arthur meets - through the late Bostock's son Harry - Fred Brooke. He establishes that, as schoolboys Harry, George and Fred fell foul of a violent class-mate known as Speck. Sir Arthur's enquiries lead to the adult Speck, who would seem to be the true culprit of the crimes for which George was blamed - though it is too late to convict. However Sir Arthur has great difficulty in convincing the bigoted police that they arrested the wrong man, particularly as Speck had an alibi for some of the crimes. Clearly he had an accomplice and Sir Arthur must unmask them before he finally exonerates George and invites him to his wedding with Jean Leckie.
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Closing credits epilogue: The Gladstone Committee re-examined the case and declared George innocent of the animal maimings.
Although no financial compensation was given, George was finally granted a free pardon. The case led to the establishment of the Criminal Court of Appeal.
George worked as a solicitor in London and lived with his sister until his death in 1937.
Arthur had three more children with Jean and continued his prolific writing career until his death in 1930. See more
At about 24 minutes, Arthur Conan Doyle is in the study of Chief Constable Anson. At one point, an image in which Anson is shown alone is reversed: His vest buttons backwards, his watch hangs from the opposite pocket, his drink is in the wrong hand, and he moves to his right even though we see Conan Doyle follow Anson's movement as if he had gone left. See more