Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, was involved in an investigation of his own in true life. George Edalji had been convicted of horse ripping. From prison, he wrote to Conan Doyle asking him to prove his innocence.
All this took place in 1906. The case was the subject of a novel by Julian Barnes. An ITV television series in the UK, based on the novel,is about to commence on Monday, March 2nd. I am sure its screening in the USA will follow. Called Arthur and George, its first episode is to be broadcast at 9 p.m.
Horse ripping has in the past been blamed on Alien Big Cats, but I doubt they will feature in the story.