From: "Robert Borski"
Subject: Re: (urth) The Coldhouse Prank Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2002 00:53:35 -0500 Stone Ox writes: > Robert Borski argues quite eloquently that Ted Singer's father is the victim > in the coldhouse prank. I don't think this can be right, because the victim > lived in a boarding house, was locked in on Friday, and nobody noticed he was > missing until he was discovered on Monday. If the victim had had a wife or > girlfriend, surely he would have been discovered sooner. But look who imparts this information about the weekend tragedy and the boarding house connection: Dan French, who, not having been a factory employee at the time, is simply repeating the sanitized version of the story as it's been spun down through the years and perhaps even through semi-official channels, since there's been a coverup. (I do, however, and for obvious reasons, like the notion that the victim died on Friday.) He doesn't remember the name of the victim and is completly unaware there is an even more sinister side to the entire episode, with a lone person being responsible for the victim's death. As Den also reminds us earlier, such stories have a way of becoming "both faded and embroidered by time," which results in a further blurring of the details. And lastly when Dan French tells the story of the sidhe, it deviates from the traditional in several respects. In other words I think there's plenty of reason to doubt his version of the story. Robert Borski --