Holmes invited Dr Watson to accompany him to Ross-on Wye to slove a nurder case. Charles McCarthy is the victim, his son, James is the main suspect. The McCarthys lives on John Turner's estate. Patience Moran was the witness.
Moran & a policeman found Charles McCarthy dead and James's gun at the scene, Boscombe Pool.James was arrested.Alice Turner was sure he was innocent, So, she invited Holmes to solve the mystery. James admitted he went to B.P to shoot rabbits. He met his father and had an argument. After that he left his father and heard a cry. He ran back and found his father dead.
Alice T. explained that Charles McCarthy wanted James to marry her. John Turner became ill after the murder. Holmes had some idea and discussed it woth Dr Watson. They went with Inspector Lestrade at B.P. They found footprints and stones which is suspect as the murder weapon.Holmes describe the murdered a tall mam, left-handed and walked with a limp. He wore heavy boots and grey coat, and smoked Indian cigars.
Holmes explained to Watson about the clue. Charles knew the murderer. The last word said by him was " R-A-A-T " which refer to Ballarat in Australia. The footsteps indicated the person's height, the fact that he hit the victim showed that he's a left handed, and the ash was from an expensive cigar.
Mr Turner came to Holmes's house by invitation. He said that he was the murderer. He wrote a confesion letter to use after Turner's death and should James be found guilty.Holmes could destroy the letter if he's found guilty.Mr Turner explained how he met Charles in Australia. They were enemies. John was know as Black Jack of Ballarat. He robbed a gold convoy in B. near Melbourne. Charles was the stagecoach driver and witnessed the robbery. Turner became rich and be a respectable landowner in England.In 1880's, Charles ran into him and blackmailed him to provide farm on his estate. When he heard Charles ordering his son, James to marry Alice, he had no choice but to kill him. His secret was safe with Holmes and Watson.John died. James and Alice were married. Holmes destroyed the confession letter.