The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Who was Selden in The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?

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As well as being Mrs. Barrymore's brother, Selden is a convicted murderer, an escaped convict from the notorious Princetown prison in Dartmoor. Spared the death penalty on account of his insanity, this is clearly not someone who should be roaming freely round the country. There's something animal-like about this vicious criminal, as Watson discovers when he catches a brief, but horrifying glimpse of Selden on the moors, his hideous face contorted with "animal passions."

Unsurprisingly, just about everyone suspects Selden of being responsible for the series of grisly murders that have rocked the Baskerville household. After all, this is just the kind of morally squalid behavior we'd expect from someone like...

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