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Robert Crogley was a telegraph station technician in charge of the London city area. He was responsible for the murders of Cosney Megundal and Hatch Windibank. He presented himself as a high-handed British gentleman, dressed in gaudy white, with a penchant for twirling and posing oddly.
Robert Crogley's former surname was “Milverton”, and he was the son of "Thrice-fired" Mortar Milverton. He was born into poverty and used to be childhood friends with the Tinpillar brothers. He hoped to start a milk business with them one day when he was freed from jail.
Earlier life Edit
Robert Milverton lived in a poor area in London, his only friends were Nemmy Tinpillar and Tully Tinpillar. His father was Thrice-Fired Mortar, the bricklayer. He and his wife were very poor and they almost never went without worrying about money. Robert couldn't take this, so he studied as hard as he could, changed his last name to Crogley and got a job at a telegram company.
His father's death Edit
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Prior to his father's murder, Crogley had made a deal with Cosney Megundal to steal top secret information from the government. Crogley, being in charge of the telegraph stations, had easy access to this information. In order to hide this information, Crogley visited his father, Mortar Milverton, and asked him to embed the information into two separate music disks. Two days prior, Megundal made the first transaction with Crogley and obtained the first music disk. Crogley visited his father once he had the money and planned to split the money for his father's help. Milverton, unsure of his son, agreed to take the money in exchange for selling the second music disk. Megundal would murder Milverton in a fit of rage after the latter attempted to sell the disk at a higher price. In an act of revenge, and to retrieve the music disk, Crogley paid a fake "court bailiff" to set the omnibus ablaze with Megundal inside, burning him alive.
Retrieving the music disks Edit
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Crogley visited Hutch's Pawn Shop, under the alias Egg Benedict. He claimed that Gina Lestrade had stolen his proof of reservation for Megundal's coat. Sherlock Holmes and Ryūnosuke Naruhodō deduced his true intentions, to intercept the stolen music disk inside the coat's pocket, and in a fit of anger, he attempted to take the coat at gun point. He was forced to retreat from the shop after the arrival of Inspector Gregson.
That night Crogley called his old friends, the Tinpillar brothers, to help him retrieve the discs. When they arrived, Crogley starts by looking on the shelves towards the front of the shop, and the brothers go towards the back. Crogley very quickly finds the music box, and takes out the disc sitting inside. Hatch hears the intruders, and goes out to confront them, taking his gun and telling Gina to stay in the back room. He meets the brothers first, and they have a scuffle at the back. He beats them up surprisingly well, and upon noticing Crogley shoots him. The bullet goes through his left arm and into the wall calendar at the back. Crogley panics, and shoots his own gun at Hatch, who had been retreating into the back room. Despite meaning it only as a warning shot, his aim was uncanny and it hit Hatch's heart killing him on the spot. Upon realizing that he panicked and ran from the scene, leaving the Timplers to deal without him.
Lestrade's Trial Edit
Gina Lestrade was arrested for the murder of Hatch Windibank. Robert Crogley is, surprisingly, later called in as a witness with Juror No. 5, who is actually his cooworker, revealing Crogley's real name. He still has the first disc on him, the second has already been presented as evidence in the trial by Barok van Zieks, despite Tobias Gregson’s pleas. At a point during Gina’s testimony, Gregson and Crogley talk quietly despite still being on the stand with her. They do a trade: Gregson tells Crogley about the small window at the scene of the crime to help with his alibi, if Crogley gives Gregson the missing disc. They manage to complete the trade despite Ryūnosuke Naruhodō noticing something is up.
Later in the trial, while Crogley is testifying (with Gregson/the Tinpillars on the stand as well), Gregson has a sudden outburst and grabs Nemmy by the collar. What Ryuunosuke later figures out is that Gregson was trying to hide the disc inside Nemmy’s suit pocket in the off chance that he would be searched for it. However, Ryuunosuke saw through it, and the second was found. Despite this, neither Crogley or Gregson would admit to the trade.
The final nail in the coffin was Ryuunosuke threatening to put the two discs into the music box and play the secrets in front of everyone in the courtroom, saying that if Gregson didn’t bother choosing his methods on the job, then neither would he. Van Zieks, surprisingly, agreed. They played them and Tobias Gregson gave in and admitted his crimes. After strangling him, Robert Crogley followed suit.
In jail, Crogley decided that he had no regrets about taking the path that he did, but Nemmy and Tully Tinpillar tell him to take it easy and that they should bring back their milk business. Later it was revealed that Japanese Morse code on the discs was actually an assassination exchange program sent from British Chief Justice Hart Vortex to Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Seishirou Jigoku. The names in it meant that Kazuma Asōgi would kill Tobias Gregson and Ann Sasha (under the pseudonym Jezail Brett) would kill John Watson.
- "Crogley" is a pun on "Kuro-Grey" (Black-Grey).
- His alias name "Egg Benedict" comes from a name of a food of the same name.
- Robert has the distinction of being one of the first criminals convicted of murder who appears in the end game credit sequence. (Though Viola Cadaverini appears in the closing credits of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations, Furio Tigre does not, for example)
- His belt buckle, a horse shoe, and his overall pale appearance and white clothes, could be a reference to the dairy he wishes to open that he mentions during the end credits.
- His appearance and that of his two friends could also be a nod to the portrayal of Moriarty in the Sherlock Hound television series, though Robert seems to be much less of a criminal mastermind like Moriarty and shows a great deal of remorse for his actions.
- Crogley technically helped Hart Vortex bring the Death Bringer curse to Barok van Zieks due to killed Megundal right after he got acquitted. But Crogley wasn't working for Vortex.