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You Are Not Alone

Jeremy Sigerson jeremysigerson@gmail.com
to john@johnwatsonblog.co.uk
July 16th

Dear Dr. Watson,

My name is Jeremy Sigerson, but that's not important.  I've never been a client of yours and Sherlock's, just a fan, for quite a while.  I'm writing to you because I want you to know that you have my full support going forward.  In fact, you have the full support of so many people from all over the place.  Sherlock Holmes was an amazing human being no matter what crap the mainstream media tries to cram down our throats.  My friends and I, we're really upset, bewildered, but we know that's nothing compared to how you must feel.  I'm sorry.  I'm so sorry that we don't have a way to make it better.  All we've got is words, and we've begun spreading those words across the Internet.  Our message will be heard: We believe in Sherlock Holmes.

I believe in Sherlock Holmes.

Anyway, I'm not expecting a response - just letting you know.  Maybe it'll help a bit.

Yours,
J. Sigerson


Did You See The News?

Jeremy Sigerson jeremysigerson@gmail.com
to john@johnwatsonblog.co.uk
August 2nd

Dear Dr. Watson,

Hello, this is Jeremy Sigerson again.  I know you're probably not checking this email anymore, but I need to say something again.  Out of everyone, you would understand how I feel the most.  So, this thing happening with Raoul de Santos?  The houseboy who murdered Connie Prince?  So.  Incredibly.  Stupid.  Raoul had appealed his conviction - and now they are taking him seriously!  I don't know what to think.  It sets a disturbing precedent.  Everyone Sherlock helped to convict will start coming out of the woodwork.  So many scumbags will be set free just because the evidence linking them to their crimes was discovered by Sherlock.  I've gone through Sherlock's blog, his case files, and all of the details of how and why are right there.  Now it's all moot, and no one will listen...

Sorry, I'm just upset right now.  Our Internet messaging campaign has been going well, but not well enough.  Obviously not.  Talking heads are still repeating 'fraud' this and 'fraud' that.  They're destroying Sherlock's life in front of a slavering audience.  It makes me feel sick.  It makes me look at myself and wonder: would anyone care enough to destroy my reputation?  Thankfully, no.  That is, until I became someone famous and important and inspiring, like Sherlock, 'The Reichenbach Hero'.  That's what humanity enjoys - we delight in tearing down people bigger than us.  Just so we don't feel so small and transient.  The media always turns on anyone in the spotlight, eventually.  Controversy sells!  It's a cycle that has no reason to stop.  The wheel keeps turning, and nothing ever changes.

Well, this became a sermon.  And incoherent.  I'm sorry.

I'm not going to lose hope, though.  Neither should you.

Yours,
J. Sigerson


I’ll Prove It To Everyone

Jeremy Sigerson jeremysigerson@gmail.com
to john@johnwatsonblog.co.uk
September 4th

Dear Dr. Watson,

I'm having what you could call an identity crisis.  People tell me I'm too young to have one, but I don't know how else to describe it.  Here's the short and bittersweet: I'm not doing anything worthwhile with my life.  I lost my job a week ago in a corporate 'reshuffle' caused by the economic downturn and new austerity measures.  Regardless, I was nothing more than a code pushing monkey for that company.  Aside from my work on the Sherlock Holmes messaging campaign, there's not much else I can say about myself or my hobbies.  My personal interests are vague and my beliefs aren't any better.

So I asked myself, is there anything - any idea - that I would be willing to fight for?  On the other hand, fighting for something doesn't really matter these days because the corporations and government and whatever don't care about me or any of us.  They're just doing their own thing; they're always doing their own thing.  I'm invisible and voiceless, so none of it matters.  I'm unable to relate to any socio-economic protest movements on a national or global level.  I feel cut adrift.  It sucks.

But the more I think about it, the more I realise that this Sherlock thing does matter to me.  A lot.  A hell of a lot, actually.  Everything that happened to him is a symptom of a larger problem in our society.  The cycle I talked about last time, remember?  But instead of sitting on the Internet and bitching, I'm going to go outside and do something about it.  (And I don't mean spray painting graffiti like some people do.)

This is my sort of protest:  I believe in Sherlock Holmes.  Richard Brook is a fraud.  James Moriarty is real.

And I'm going to prove it.

Of course I'm not as smart as Sherlock.  I don't have as many connections.  Maybe it is suicidal, but I don't care at this point.  I've pooled my life savings and already bought my train ticket.  By following Sherlock's old cases, finding the people he helped, maybe I can unravel the truth.  Maybe I can show the world what happened.  I'll write again if this plan doesn't completely crash and burn.

Yours,
J. Sigerson


RE: I’ll Prove It To Everyone

John Watson johnwatson.fanmail@gmail.com
to Jeremy Sigerson jeremysigerson@gmail.com
September 6th

Jeremy,

Thank you for your emails.  I’m replying through this account since my old inbox has been completely flooded and I set this one up to manage fanmail and sympathy notes.  Sorry I took so long to get back to you, I’m not very good with responses these days.

While I appreciate what you’re trying to do and I’m sure Sherlock would too, I think you’re going too far.  Once the press and the public have formed an opinion, there’s very little you can do to change their minds.  Sherlock Holmes was a great man, but he’s dead now and you don’t need to feel obligated to speak for him.

Try to find another job and forget about backpacking through Europe.  You’ll thank me later.

John Watson


RE: I’ll Prove It To Everyone

Jeremy Sigerson
to John
September 6th

Dear Dr. Watson,

I was wondering if telling you my plan would finally elicit a response.  I'm glad that it did!  No, I'm still going through with things.  Have gone through with them, technically speaking.  I'm on a train right now, still trying to figure out a manageable itinerary.  Spontaneity shall be my best friend.

Let me make one thing clear: this is not about feeling obligated or anything like that.  Maybe I can make a difference for you and everyone else, you know?  Maybe I can shed some light on some very bad people.  Even if it's a waste of time, I don't feel like it is.  You said you'd appreciate it, and Sherlock would too, even if it's extreme.  That's all the blessing I need.  And if you think I'm being crazy... you should see some of your other fans.  People are still wearing those black armbands in mourning, just saying.

Don't worry about writing me back if you don't feel up to it.  Take care of yourself.

Yours,
J. Sigerson


RE: I’ll Prove It To Everyone

John Watson
to Jeremy
September 6th

Jeremy,

If you insist on going through with this, I can give you a list of contacts.  Sherlock didn’t keep their information but I did.  Tell me where you’re going.  If you’re going to London, maybe we could meet and talk this through.  I still think you’re making a mistake.

John Watson


RE: I’ll Prove It To Everyone

Jeremy Sigerson
to John
September 6th

Dear Dr. Watson,

Thank you.  Really, thank you so much.  That's more than I could have hoped for.  If it's not too much trouble for you - please send along anything and everything that might be beneficial.  I'm starting with England, but I'll go as far as my money can take me.

Yours,
J. Sigerson

 

PS:  I'm not making a mistake.