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Dr Frederick Trantor was an British physician. He plays a central role "The Shameful Betrayal of Miss Emily Smith", written by Bert Coules for The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, where he is portrayed by Philip Fox.

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Dr Trantor was a well-respected and prosperous country doctor. He had married into a wealthy family, and had a successful practice. However, he eventually grew bored of a life of respectability. He initiated an affair with a local schoolteacher, Miss Emily Smith, but after a while he also grew tired of her. He feared, however, that she would reveal their relationship if he broke it off, jeopardizing his position in society and reputation. He therefore persuading her that they were going to elope, and then slipped the opium into a celebratory drink to kill her.

However, the dose had been insufficient, and the intoxicated Miss Smith attempted to leave her cottage to find him, collapsing in a snowy field near his house. The following day, Trantor had gone out walking with his wife, when he was shocked to see the unconscious Emily. Thinking quickly, he had his wife wait on the road while he pretended to check on her. He then stabbed her in the chest with a chisel he had previously stolen to frame Bert Stevens, an odd-job man at the school, for the crime.

He attempted to destroy any evidence of his relationship with Smith by breaking into her house. He unpacked her trunk to hide her travel plans, and attempted to find the glass he had served her the drugged wine in, but when he was unable to he incorrectly assumed she had already washed it. He also broke into the house of Alfred Laurenson, an artist who had sketched the crime-scene, to steal the pictures, but was also unsuccessful as they had already been collected by the police.

Trantor's plot initially worked well, as Stevens was immediately arrested by the investigating Inspector Dawkins. However, Sherlock Holmes was able to use his errors to determine that Trantor was the true criminal. Though Trantor continued to deny his involvement, Dawkins arrested him for the crime. Nevertheless, he is never actually brought to trial, as Bert Stevens kills him in his cell in revenge for Emily's death.

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