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John Garrideb was a soldier in the British army. Unfortunately, they don't get paid much money, so when he retired after being shot in the knee Garrideb was forced to live on the poor Briar Road as landlord of a boarding house. His wife, Joan, decided to become his maid to make him seem like he was rich. One of Garrideb's tenants, Selden, who lived in the flat on the second floor, was arrested for a series of crimes. After that, a student named Duncan Ross took the flat to live in. A man named William Petenshy came and demanded to live in that flat, but since it was already occupied Garrideb offered the room on the first floor. One day, Ross suddenly died of asphyxiation due to an apparent gas leak, this lead people to believe that Selden put some sort of curse onto that flat. Garrideb refused Petenshy to let him have that flat due to him not paying the rent. By the time the investigation regarding his death was done, an exchange student from Japan named Sōseki Natsume came to live in the flat. He had nowhere else to go and wanted to save his money on books. He was warned about the curse but signed the contract with Garrideb anyway.
An argument gone wrongEdit
- Main article:The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro
One day, John Garrideb had an argument with his wife, Joan, who accused him of cheating on her after she saw a love letter being used as a bookmark from the previous owner of the book he got from the store. During the argument, Joan threw a knife at John, it missed him but it flew out the window and struck a young woman named Viridian Green. Ryūnosuke Naruhodō and Sherlock Holmes figured out that fight through Joint Reasoning.
When his wife takes the stand, Garrideb decides to testify with her. When she tries to mention the things she threw at Garrideb, he plays with his pipe and reveals the correct things all had weight and were hard. After Joan's crime was brought to light, she and John reconcile and apologize for that fight. After Joan was arrested, John Garrideb took her place as Juror No. 4 and gave Sōseki Natsume his Not Guilty verdict with the rest of the jury.
Another incident Edit
- Main article: The Memoirs of the Clouded Kokoro
The very next day, John Garrideb's other tenant, William Petenshy, was almost killed in his flat, and Sōseki Natsume was arrested one again for attempted murder. Garrideb tells Naruhodō and Susato Mikotoba information on Petenshy and that he broke down his door with Natsume. The next day, he tells the two about Duncan Ross, his love letter to his fiance, Viridian Green, and how Petenshy desperately wanted his flat.
Eventually, Naruhodō figured out the surprising truth. Not only was Green the culprit of Petenshy's attempted murder, but also that Ross' death was really caused by Petenshy blowing into the gas pipe to try and scare him out. Selden actually hid a treasure worth one thousand pounds in the flat and promised Petenshy the key because he took care of him in jail before he died.
A surprising face in the juryEdit
- Main article:The Adventure of the Unspeakable Story
Mr. Garrideb also appears as Juror No. 1 when Gina Lestrade goes on trial for the murder of Hatch Windibank and attempted murder of Sherlock Holmes. Ryūnosuke Naruhodō notes him as a familiar face with the rest of the jurors. When he votes guilty the first time, he says all evidence points to the defendant. Upon being pressed, Garrideb recognizes Naruhodō and says he's in the defense's debt. He reveals after "cursed complex" incident the rumors have been dodged, no one was interested in moving into the boarding house since Natsume and Petenshy left. But none of this has to do with him voting guilty, Naruhodō notices Garrideb looking at the juror next to him, a maid.
Afterwards, it's revealed that John Garrideb has been meeting with his wife, Joan, every day since she got arrested despite running out of conversation topics. He's been using the stairs so much, his legs have started to regain their strength. He tried out being a maid for himself, but was baffled when no one realized it was him.
- His name comes from the Holmes' story "The Adventure of the Three Garridebs."
- Alternatively, "gari" means "flesh and bones", while "debu" means "fat," alluding to his and Joan's builds.