Both are musically talented and play a stringed
instrument. In fact, one of Elvis’ biographers wrote, “He'd turn inward and
sit with his guitar for hours, shutting the world out.” Does this sound
like anyone we know?
Both enjoy the martial arts. Holmes
is the only living practitioner of the long lost art of baritsu. And Elvis
spent many hours studying karate and is adept at the art.
Both had a problem with controlled
substances. While the Master with the aid of Dr. Watson conquered his
addiction, Elvis was less fortunate.
Both had to struggle against an evil
"colonel". As we all know, the Master triumphed over the
nefarious Colonel Sebastian Moran. What you may not have known is that the
Colonel had an illegitimate son, the result of a liaison with a Dutch woman
named Marie van Kujik. Moran taught his son to hate Holmes, and he
discovered Elvis’ true ancestry. As a result, Andreas Cornelius van Kujik
entered the U.S. illegally and adopted the name Colonel Tom Parker, as a
subtle homage to his father. He then proceeded to establish himself in the
music industry, so that he could eventually gain control of Elvis and his
career. The maneuver was successful beyond his wildest dreams. He had the
dual pleasures of achieving great wealth and destroying the son of his father’s
Both used aliases when necessary. We
all know Altamont. Elvis used the name John Burrows (reminiscent, perhaps,
of the alias John Robinson in the “Blue Carbuncle”).
Both are marksmen. The “VR”at Baker
Street is legendary; Elvis’ shooting was equally to the purpose — he shot a
television set because Robert Goulet was performing—a singer Elvis detested
as technically sound but emotionless (proof of Elvis’ sound musical
Both also smoked pipes. Elvis’
favorite had the bowl carved in the shape of a lion’s head – the lion of
England – indicating his British ancestry.
And one of Elvis’ first hits was
"Hound Dog." Undoubtedly by then Elvis knew who his real father
was and wished to recognize him through a musical reference to the Master’s
most famous case. (This theory becomes even more plausible when we learn
the basset hound in the publicity photos for the song was named Sherlock).
And, of course, there is the matter
of the letters in their names. In his classic biography of the Master, W.S.
Baring-Gould used the "E-R-O-O-L-E" theory as one proof of Nero
Wolfe’s parentage. Well, both "Elvis and "Sherlock" have an
"E L" and both "Presley" and "Holmes" have an
"L E". Both men’s first and last names also contain an
"S". The "V" in "Elvis", of course, reflects
the Vernet ancestry, and the similarity of the names "Elvis" and
"Wallis" indicate that his mother, too, wished her role