Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Breakfast Club

I have returned from my respite, healed in body and partly in mind , though the memories of what I had witnesses in that cabin in the woods still trouble me. During this time my comrades have returned from Beckett where more strange and dangerous happening were uncovered. As our investigations of the unusual and unexplained have grown so we have had perchance to become aquainted with like minded persons of similar inquisitive natures...

We have all been members of The Breakfast Club for just over a month.
The Boston chapter has been our closest house and we have indulged in nearly every event they have staged. Dinner parties. Wine tasting. Art appreciation. And the most interesting is Story Time.
We hear from other members of their exploits. Some seem farfechted. Damn right impossible. But everyone takes the time to listen and take it all in. We have got to know a few of the members. You chat and share a cigar or cigarette moment or two.

People come and go in the Chapter house. Some stay one night some stay for months. As long as your membership is paid you are free to do as you will, just you can't live there. Food is cooked every meal to order. Ms Penny Royale is always just a call away. Seemingly never having a day off or even sleep. Always cheery and with whatever local news to hand.

Meeting for 'Breakfast in Boston' has already become a saying amongst

Acquaintances, friends  (and possibly enemies) have already been made in the Boston Breakfast Club.

For myself there are three individuals who are of note:
Like:. Miss Louise Purl 28yrs redhead)- an artist and traveller who recently returned from visiting the hidden temples of India. Oliver and Louise seem to have a thing for each other.
Hate: Alan Halfmain , a big game hunter and 'adventurer'. Bore's oliver to tears of his tales of daring-do in Africa and south America.
Trust: Ms Penny Royale - this young lady works at The Breakfast Club, and has an uncanny knack to remember the patrons favourite breakfasts.

Like:Rose McGowan. My hopeful wee bonny lassy. Dark haired and blue eyed Irish beauty. Have been friends for as long as he can remember. Seamus is sweet on her, but has never plucked up the courage to share his true feelings.
Hate: Mr Ward Dexter Blake. One of the new Boston socialites and an avid Irish bigot. Has been campaigning to have all Irish removed from America since they arrived. Stirs hatred through speeches and papers at every opportunity. Has maligned Dah on many occasions.
Trust: Mr Sean Patrick O’Malley. Better known as “Dah”. Came to America with little more skills than how to push a mop, but rose to become an influence among the Boston Irish, much as shop stewards were viewed in the 70’s. Hates the new Boston socialites, particularly Ward Dexter Blake

Friday, 29 July 2016

The case of Mr Corbitt concluded.

Before detailing the case I would summarise the conclusion herewith for easy reference.

Mr Corbitt's emaciated person was found in the basement where he had clearly succumbed to a self inflicted lunacy caused by an unfortunate combination of events.
Firstly Mr Corbitt's unhealthy interest in the occult had clearly brought on a violent paranoia against polite society which from all logical observation had eventually caused him to succumb to a life of isolation within the basement of the house he was renting out.

From our investigations it was revealed that years before he had been embroiled in a scandalous affair involving the cultist chapel that he had been the head of. The details of this shall not be mentioned here, but the conclusion was that the cult was forcibly disbanded and the chapel burnt to the ground. It is more than likely that soon after this time Mr Corbitt's mental health continued to decline and he went into recluse.

Secondly, as was evident from our physical investigation of the property where Mr Corbitt was found, that the building, most notably the basement, sits upon a pocket of contaminated ground. These gasses had built up within the house to levels capable of affecting the brain over a short amount of time, and more seriously for Mr Corbitt having long term mental effects.

Contamination -
It is my opinion based on the observations of my own effects from the gas that it was Nitrous Oxide based, possibly caused by an excess of Nitrogen in the soil.
The effects of this gas include feelings of euphoria, relaxation and calmness, dizziness, difficulty in thinking straight and fits of giggles/laughter. Higher levels of exposure can lead to sound distortions or even hallucinations. It was these latter two effects which had been observed and felt by at least four separate individuals during the time of our investigation.

It is also my opinion that further contamination was present in the basement which caused Mr Corbitt to contract a form of necrotizing fasciitis.

Bacterial Infection of the victim -
 Initial observation of Mr Corbitt when he was alive and closer examinations of his corpse revealed that his body was severely emaciated and his skin and flesh had all the signs of a long deceased body. This is further reinforced by the obvious stench of decay that lingered in the area of the basement where Mr Corbitt resided and that also came from his body.
Necrotizing fasciitis is relatively unknown and there is no known cause or cure however it is highly expected to be caused by a virulent form of bacterial infection.
It is known that the toxic affects of bacteria on the body and the brain can include;
Altered Metal State ,
Skin discoloration,
Foul Odour,
all of which were observed in Mr Corbitt's case.

The tenants -
It was not possible to examine or question the previous tenants of the property, both having been committed to a local asylum where access was not permitted. From what we were told they had been committed on mental health issues after they had accused the house of being haunted. It is clear that the effects of six months of exposure to the Nitrous Oxide excreted from the basement, along with no doubt the occasional noises of Mr Corbitt's from his hidden recluse in the basement, exacerbated the effect of the gaseous poisoning on their brains.
It is likely that they will recover their faculties having now been removed from the cause, yet that is still to be confirmed.

Conclusion - It is clear form the evidence that the rumours of supernatural hauntings are nothing more that the unfortunate effect of naturally occurring noxious gasses seeping onto the dwelling, further exacerbated by the presence of a deranged lunatic who himself had succumbed to the effects of the gasses along with a previously underlying psychological malaise.

It is my advise that the new owner of the property brick up the basement including the doorway and board over the staircase to prevent further gas escaping to the above ground floors. I would also suggest contacting the municipal engineers department to gain advise on a way to safely ventilate the basement gasses away from the property to the fresh outside air.