No one knows the real story of what happened at Reichenbach Falls that cold day in 1891. Doyle’s description in the “Final Problem,” was meant to end the saga of both characters, as well as Dr. Watson. There was such uproar by fans of the characters that Doyle brought him back in 1901 in “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”
The Hound of the Baskervilles was set in a time before Holmes had been killed. The “Return of Sherlock Holmes” did not appear until 1903-04 with a series of stories. This is the public view of that happened. The real story is nothing like what Dr. Doyle, an ophthalmologist describes in his tomes.
There was a real Sherlock Holmes. Doyle killed him off in is story of the “Final Problem.” However that fatal contest between Holmes and Moriarity at Reichenbach Falls was just a way of keeping the secret of Holmes identity silent.
In fact, the real Sherlock Holmes died in 1924 of ailments that stemmed from his incessant drug habit and drinking. Dr. Watson’s narrations in the Return of Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles had nothing to do with one of the most famous characters in literature. Until J.K. Rowling created Harry Potter, no one was more famous.
The real Holmes was even more brilliant than what appears in Doyle’s books. Orphaned at a young age, Holmes grew up on the streets of London. His early life was circumscribed by a Fagan like character who taught young Holmes the ways of the street. Did you often wonder how Holmes was able to use the Baker Street Irregulars to help solve specific crimes? In fact, he was the creator of the group when he worked the cold streets of London.
He was born on January 6, 1854. That means he was plying his work in the gaslight times of old London. His ability to work in the backstreets and his keen mind were observed by an older boy whose name was Mycroft Singulair. I am not sure that either of those names is real. My sources tell me that this young man came from an elite family. He attended Eton College, Berkshire and matriculated at Cambridge.
There is some hint at Eton that a young man named S. Holmes went there in 1869. There is no information about his education beyond Eton. If he did go to a university, it is buried somewhere in a cavernous library in Cambridge, Oxford or some other university.
It may well be that Singulair’s family, whoever they were, took in S. Holmes. There is a gap in my history of Holmes right after he might have gone to Eton and a time when he became a public figure. His public persona was not anywhere near being a consulting detective.