Retired New Scotland Yard Detective Finds Original Hound of The Baskervilles and Sherlock Holmes Police Files

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Keiron Freeburn is a real life Sherlock Holmes having been a front line detective with New Scotland Yard and it was his keen eye that spotted a dusty file in an Exeter auction room. The file turned out to contain the original police files from the case known as The Hound of The Baskervilles - Sherlock Holmes' most famous case. Freeburn has already received several large bids for the files but instead is making them public on 13th September via a specialist London publisher.

Keiron Freeburn is a real life Sherlock Holmes having been a front line detective with New Scotland Yard and it was his keen eye that spotted a dusty file in an Exeter auction room. The file turned out to contain the original police files from the case known as The Hound of The Baskervilles - Sherlock Holmes' most famous case. Freeburn has already received several large bids for the files but instead is making them public on 13th September via a specialist London publisher (MX Publishing).

Born 1955 in London into a police family, Freeburn was educated at St Ignatius Grammar School in North London before joining the Metropolitan Police in 1978. During a 22 year career as an operational detective he was involved in all manner of criminal investigations including innumerable murder cases and the investigation into the Tottenham Riots in 1985. In 1990 he was transferred to the Serious, International & Organised Crime Squad at New Scotland Yard and investigated cases throughout the UK and around the globe including the Europe, the UAE, Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Sri Lanka, Australia and the US.

It was at an obscure Exeter (Devon, England) auction house that Freeburn discovered the dusty folio containing the police notes including the autopsy reports and detective notes.

"I immediately knew I had come across something really special," says Freeburn. "All detectives naturally know a lot about the Sherlock Holmes cases - especially The Hound. The detectives notes are particularly fascinating as you can see the differences in procedure coupled with similar investigative techniques. You can see straight away what a brilliant mind Holmes had."

For the very first time the public are able to read the witness statements, medical files and original police reports that chronicle the case of the death of Sir Charles Baskerville and the death of the hound at the hand of Mr Sherlock Holmes.

Managing Editor of MX Publishing Steve Emecz comments "The timing couldn't be better. With the BBC's Sherlock topping the charts around the world and the new Guy Richie film in production its great to be releasing such a find to Sherlock Holmes fans."

Emecz continues "Kieron got in touch when he heard one of our authors, Alistair Duncan, interviewed on BBC Radio Five Live giving his opinion of the new BBC series Sherlock ahead of the airing of the first episode. Alistair was put forward for the interview by the Sherlock Holmes Society of London as one of the UK's leading experts on Holmes and he's written a series of books on Holmes - most notable being the travel guide to London 'Close To Holmes.'"

The release will surely create excitement and controversy amongst the millions of Holmes fans around the world.

Press review copies of the papers are available on request.

Further Details:
The Official Papers Into The Matter Known As The Hound of the Baskervilles DCC143589 refers
Publication Date - 13th September 2010
Pages 200
RRP $22.95, £14.99
http://www.mxpublishing.co.uk

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