Anonymous asked: Why are you defending Richard Brook? I wouldn't call him kind or decent. Even if he's obviously not a SUPER CRIMINAL, he's still a conman.
Sherlock Holmes is the conman. Richard Brook was basically a prop in Holmes’s schemes. It’s not a flattering take for him, surely, but it’s true.
Think of it like this: what damage was he doing, at first? At first, nothing. He was an actor, so he was acting. He was no more a conman than a troupe hired to liven up a murder mystery dinner party are conmen. Yes, there’s an element of lying, but there is in all theater. It’s a question of extremity.
Of course, once people started getting hurt… What was he supposed to do? Quit? Run? Even when he suddenly knows what his employer is capable of? He tried to run at the end. Journalism and public knowledge is always the refuge of the secretly damned, but even Holmes’s fraud becoming public knowledge couldn’t save him.