We’re back from the Met, and the case is as resolved as it can be. In brief, because we are both quite drained and exhausted: our client’s father had hired us to try to encourage her to not wed a certain gentleman she met while travelling abroad (Gruner). The man has a reputation (multiple failed relationships, many of them with questionable and lethal ends). Much as we tried to dig up enough definitive proof of his many indiscretions and his rather murderous reputation, she wouldn’t hear any of it. He had told her that people would try and smear his name, and so she could not be persuaded, even when we managed to dig up one of his past girlfriends (Kat), who had been horribly disfigured by his abuses, and was willing to testify to them, and provide physical proof.
Gruner views his relationships a bit like conquests, and keeps souvenirs of everyone he has ever been involved with. According to Kat he kept all this information in a physical journal that he kept locked up somewhere in his study. I’d visited him at his home a few days ago, to see if I could determine where he was keeping it, but was unable to locate it. He was going to be leaving with our client for the U.S. in just a few days, where they would be getting married, so we couldn’t waste much time. I needed that proof.
Gruner is a collector of many things: classic cars, art, antique pottery. This morning I had John visit his home under the guise of wanting to sell him a rare vase. I was hoping that would keep Gruner away from his study long enough that I would have time to properly search for the journal. Unfortunately, it didn’t take Gruner long to figure out that John wasn’t who he appeared to be, and I was nearly caught redhanded (though I did get what I’d come for).
Kat showed up on her own mission of revenge just as I was leaving, and left Gruner much worse for wear (I’m sure you’ll read about all that in tomorrow’s papers), but needless to say, our client has finally been persuaded, but John and I are both rather drained, as the trail of abuse and suffering Gruner left in his wake was horrifying in it’s own right, but then my John was also forced to face down Gruner in the midst of a murderous rage, which could have gone horribly wrong. Fortunately, here we are all safe and sound, but I am ready for a few days of R&R with him and Watson.