Who was most responsible for Roylott's death in "The Speckled Band"?

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Dr. Roylott is responsible for his own death, because his murder weapon turned on him.

Dr. Roylott trained his snake to kill his step-daughters.  Therefore, he is really the one to blame when the snake turned on him and killed him.  Holmes knew about the snake, but there was no way he could predict what it would do.

When Helen Stoner hires Sherlock Holmes, she explains that her sister died an unexpected and unusual death and gives him some background on the family and Roylott.

Violence of temper approaching to mania has been hereditary in the men of the family, and...

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