Let’s talk about the most famous detective (or should I say private consultant?) to ever exist: Sherlock Holmes. Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and published for the first time in 1888, Sherlock Holmes, John Watson and their criminal adventures are, even 120 years after being published, still, not only a literary success, but also a massive hit when it comes to the current pop culture. TV Shows and movies like Sherlock (BBC), Elementary (CBS) and Sherlock Holmes (Warner), keep more than ever, Doyle’s memory alive and most importantly, successful.
But it’s not only in the entertainment industry that Sherlock Holmes became influential. In the forensic science field, criminal field and etc.
But how does a fictional character relates to criminal investigation in any way? Multiple times throughout the stories, Sherlock tells John that he “sees but do not observe”, which, I think is the most important characteristic that Sherlock has, he observes everything. There is a thin line, that makes a huge difference, between observing and seeing, observing is more than taking in to account what you can see, it’s analyzing images and scenarios that you encounter, it’s paying attention, it’s being aware of little details and characteristics that you wouldn’t have noticed if you were merely seeing, and that’s why it’s possible to relate Sherlock with criminalistic, because he is a fantastic observer, because in a certain way, he teaches us that we have to look for the minimal details in whatever situation we’re in, even more if we were ever to be investigating a crime scene.
What makes Sherlock a fantastic detective, it’s more than his IQ, more than his sociopathy, it’s the fact that he pays attention to little details that would have gone unnoticed by the “common” mind.