Her father has been murdered, and his money is missing.
Her mother is missing, and her stepfather doesn’t seem upset.
Her sister was murdered, and Helen fears for her own safety.
To show that the detective has strong powers of deduction
To show how silly Helen Stoner is
To show what a good memory Watson has
Dr. Roylott’s wife died under mysterious circumstances.
Dr. Roylott is violent and has a financial motive.
Dr. Roylott has poisoned people in the past.
Holmes worked on a previous case involving Dr. Roylott.
The gypsies have gathered poison herbs for Dr. Roylott.
The gypsies have cast a spell on Dr. Roylott.
The gypsies have been threatened by Dr. Roylott.
The gypsies are a false clue and provide no evidence.
His interest in these animals shows that he is insane.
The murder “weapon” turns out to be an animal from India.
The cheetah helps track down the murderer.
His interest in animals is a false cue and provides no evidence.
“Arrest Dr. Roylott!”
“It was the band! The speckled band!”
“Call Sherlock Holmes . . . Now!”
“He wants our money! Run for your life!”
A whistling and a metallic clang
A barking dog and a police siren
A ticking clock and a ringing bell
A tinkling piano and a gypsy’s song
She is poor and running away from home.
She has just returned from India and likes cheetahs.
She is about to be married and is sleeping in the same room.
The meeting frightens the detective and slows the plot.
The meeting creates tension and motivates the detective.
The meeting explains the mystery.
Why would anyone want to murder an innocent young girl?
Why don’t the fingerprints on the speckled band match those of the prime suspect?
How did the murderer get into a locked room and kill the victim without a trace?
He doesn’t want the criminal to know he is there.
He wants to make sure that no one is home.
He wants to make sure that everyone is asleep.
The signal will mean that the mystery is solved.
Her stepfather opened the iron bars on her window and poisoned her.
A snake was released into her room through a ventilator slot.
A cheetah came through a trap door in the floor.
A gypsy gave her some poison in her tea.
Holmes himself is injured in the trap he sets for Dr. Roylott.
Helen Stoner is revealed to be the true criminal.
Dr. Roylott is poisoned by the snake he used to kill Julia.
A poison necklace
A scarf used for strangling
A bracelet identifying the murderer
Can be seen or touched
Is very suspicious
Can be frightening
Is difficult to discover