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What were the motives of the suspects in The Hound of the Baskervilles?

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If we are referring to the suspects in Sir Charles Baskerville's murder, there is also another suspect: Laura Lyons.

In the story, Laura is estranged from her husband. For his part, Jack Stapleton played on Laura's sympathies because of the nature of her relationship to Sir Charles Baskerville. Stapleton's goal, of course, was to manipulate Laura into helping him oust Sir Charles.

For her part, Laura imagined that Jack would make her his wife after she obtained a divorce. So she consented to asking Sir Charles for a meeting. As part of his plan, Jack managed to convince Laura that the elderly gentleman would help with the expenses of her divorce. However, at the last minute, he prevented Laura from actually meeting with Sir Charles.

So, Laura unwittingly played a part in Sir Charles's death. After hearing her story, Holmes rightly speculates that Laura was merely Jack's tool.

Another suspect in Sir Charles's death is Beryl Stapleton. As the story progresses, we discover that Beryl is...

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