Jefferson Hope, the murderer of two victims in Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, is not as safe as Holmes and Watson believe. The characters decide to remove their safety measures from the murderer and let him become comfortable after deciding he is of no threat. However, the assumption that Hope is docile in these scenes is unreasonable. While he is physically weak and incapable of much, his emotional state and actions say otherwise. An example of when Hope displays his potential dangerousness is highlighted when “the prisoner wrenched himself free from Home’s grasp, and hurled himself through the window.” (66-67). He may have not gotten far, but nonetheless his intent is clearly shown. Jefferson Hope, provided he was physically able, would have been a tremendous threat that Holmes and Watson seemed to brush aside when they un-cuffed him and nonchalantly interviewed him. Hope’s abilities and desires are downplayed by Watson and Holmes and therefore show a weakness in the way the team conducts their business.