Accumulated Clues.   Posted by The Keeper.Group: 0
The Keeper
 GM, 63 posts
Fri 25 Sep 2015
at 00:17
Accumulated Clues
The following represent the most of the clues gathered by d'Anjou, Hackett, and Travis thus far in their investigations. As additional information is obtained, it will be added here.

Garvin's Death
  • Peter Garvin was found dead near the Science Building at Tulane University, the victim of an apparent fall. He was clutching a piece of paper, upon which was drawn an unusual symbol which occultist Etienne-Laurent de Marigny was unable to identify.
  • Garvin's death was ruled a suicide by the police. Numerous individuals who knew Garvin, including his landlady, Anita Shreeve, and his editor at the Times-Picayune, Charles Sunstram, indicated that Garvin did not seem to be in a melancholy or depressed state of mind prior to his death.
  • Kirby Hackett estimated that Garvin landed almost thirty feet away from the wall of the Science Building, a distance he was unable to replicate with a running jump. Physics professor Auguste Tourneur, who found Garvin on the night of his death, stated that Garvin would have had to have been a broad jumper to reach that distance.
  • Hackett also noted that the spot where Garvin landed did not align with one of the flat areas of the Science Building's roof, but rather matched one of the peaked portions, which would have been difficult to walk or run on.
  • Dr. Freeman, the medical examiner, indicated that Garvin had sustained significant wounds, deep lacerations that resembled an animal attack. One of the wounds was deep enough to expose bone. Freeman admitted that the wounds themselves could have been fatal.
  • Dr. Freeman also noted the existence of puncture wounds on Garvin's shoulders: two on the front of each shoulder, one on the back. The doctor did not believe these wounds were mortal.
  • Both Dr. Freeman and Professor Tourneur concurred that Garvin's injuries from his fall were indicative of a fall from a much greater height. Dr. Freeman estimated a height of eight stories. Tourneur estimated the height to be much greater: likely fifteen to twenty stories.
  • Both Dr. Freeman and Professor Tourneur indicated that, due to the time when Garvin's body was found, it seemed unlikely that the site could have been doctored to make it appear that he had fallen there. Both men seemed to believe that Garvin landed where he was found.

The Symbol
  • Etienne-Laurent de Marigny was able to find references to the symbol in the ancient histories of several cultures. The symbol did not appear to be tied to a specific culture, and seemed to be associated with periods of civil unrest and tragedy.
  • The symbol has begun to appear on posters that are being hung throughout the city as part of the upcoming Mardi Gras celebration.
  • Notably, d'Anjou found one such poster on the door of the Garden District home of Dennis Bouchard, chairman of the Krewe of the Swords. Ruby Delton, one of Bouchard's employees, confirmed that the posters are being made by decorators hired by the Krewe, though she was not certain which Krewe member hired them. She indicated that Bouchard was not fond of the decorators.
  • Delton also told d'Anjou that Garvin had been asking about the symbol and that she had referred him to an occult book shop in the French Quarter, owned by Albert Del Rio.

The Krewe of the Swords
  • Peter Garvin's notebooks indicate that he had spent a considerable amount of time investigating the Krewe of the Swords, one of the Mardi Gras Krewes he had been assigned to write a story on.
  • Garvin's notes indicate that he looked closely at three members of the Krewe: Jason Ducrest, Dennis Bouchard, and Randall Fowler. His notes can be found here.
  • Garvin's notes also identify an address on Dauphine Street in the French Quarter with the notation, Swords Krewe HQ?

Miscellaneous
  • When looking through Garvin's desk at the Times-Picayune, the investigators discovered a fountain pen engraved with the initials "PRG".

The Keeper
 GM, 113 posts
Fri 1 Jan 2016
at 16:11
Accumulated Clues
Garvin’s Death
  • Detective Thomas Quinn of the New Orleans Police Department indicated that he had closed the investigation into Garvin’s death under orders from his superiors. He stated that he had been unable to identify the source of some of Garvin’s injuries and did not believe that the reporter’s death was a suicide.
  • Quinn indicated that some of the departmental pressure to keep the occult aspect of Garvin’s death a secret was due to past panic surrounding a raid made by the New Orleans Police in 1907. Quinn indicated that a group of policemen, led by John Legrasse, had gone to the swamps south of the city to investigate a rash of disappearances. They discovered a cult that was responsible for the murders of some of the missing individuals. An unusual looking idol was confiscated during the raid and roughly fifty cult members were arrested. Many other cult members were able to escape, however. Quinn indicated that Legrasse had since retired to Rhode Island but that Robert Swanson, a policeman who took part in the raid, still resided in the city, across the river in Algiers.

The Krewe of the Swords
  • Quinn mentioned speaking with Randall Fowler, who oversaw decorations for the Krewe of the Swords, regarding the symbol. Quinn stated that Fowler had characterized the symbol as a being associated with good luck. Quinn indicated that Fowler acted odd, but was likely still in mourning over the death of his wife and child in an unsolved hit-and-run accident.
  • Officer Sean MacClery stated that Garvin had asked him to look into the criminal histories of the leadership of the Krewe of the Swords. MacClery stated that only the Krewe’s chairman, Dennis Bouchard, had any criminal history, but it was all minor, primarily involving incidents of public intoxication.
  • MacClery indicated that Garvin had also asked for him to investigate a local figure who went by the name “Papa Screech”. MacClery did not find any criminal complaints associated with the individual, who he characterized as a local voodoo practitioner who frequented the French Quarter.
  • Rita Childers, with the Permit Office of the City of New Orleans, confirmed the location of the Krewe’s warehouse, where they were reportedly constructing floats for the upcoming Mardi Gras parade. She verified the date of the parade and that it would follow a much used route down St. Charles Avenue.
  • Albert Del Rio, proprietor of Del Rio’s Arcane Bookshop, indicated that he was not familiar with the symbol depicted on the Krewe of the Swords’ posters, but volunteered to research it to see what he could uncover regarding it.
  • Emmett Glass at the Perdido Printing Company indicated that the Krewe of the Swords had not ordered any posters printed this year, after having had the company print posters for them for the previous six or seven years. Glass indicated that the posters being hung about the city by the Krewe appeared to be hand painted.
  • Rupert Lanoux, owner of Acadia Paint Supply, confirmed that he had mixed the unusual colored paint for the Krewe. He indicated that they had placed a large order and that Randall Fowler and a number of workers had come to the store to pick the paint up. He described the workers that accompanied Fowler as “swamp people”.

The Warehouse
  • The investigators observed some individuals leaving the warehouse identified as the Krewe of the Swords’ headquarters, one in a poorly repaired Ford Model T (Louisiana License Plate 134-988) and a large group in a Dodge Pickup (Louisiana License Plate 258-719). All of the individuals appeared to be poorly groomed and wearing clothing that was in somewhat poor repair. All were carrying posters with them when they departed.
  • Simon d’Anjou searched a bag of trash left outside the warehouse, which contained, amongst several partially completed posters, an envelope marked “THE PLACE” in crude handwriting. Inside the envelope were three photographs which depicted a location in a swamp: a path through thick foliage, a clearing with a low hill, and a grouping of standing stones. One of the images had a date, the day before Mardia Gras day, written on the back of it.
  • The interior of the warehouse contained a pair of floats that were in the midst of being constructed (one depicting a regal figure in yellow robes on a throne, the other depicting an ancient city), several cloth wraps for horses, and supplies for the creation of many more of the now familiar posters bearing the yellow symbol.
  • Kirby Hackett investigated the roof of the warehouse, where he found a pen, covered in blood, which was engraved with the initials PRG. Hackett also noted that one of the skylights on the roof had been left ajar and unsecured.
  • Colonel Travis located a journal in the office of the building. The writer stated that he was uncertain what the work that “Papa” was about to complete would accomplish, but believed that it would reunite him with Anna and Grace. He indicated that Papa had advised him to “read the play once more”.
  • Both Travis and Hackett observed a map in the office which appeared to show a plan for canvassing all of New Orleans with the Krewe’s distinctive posters.
  • Travis observed a wall calendar in the office that had the date of the day before Mardi Gras circled repeatedly in red ink.
  • Both Hackett and Travis were able to take invitations to the Krewe of the Swords’ Masquerade Ball, which is scheduled to take place on the evening of Mardi Gras Day at the home of Randall Fowler on Lakeshore Drive.

The Keeper
 GM, 143 posts
Thu 24 Mar 2016
at 01:10
Accumulated Clues
The Symbol
  • Occult bookstore owner Albert Del Rio was able to locate, within his extensive collection of volumes, a copy of The King in Yellow, a stage play. The book bore the symbol utilized by the Krewe of the Swords on its cover. Del Rio appeared emotionally disturbed from having read the text, but summarized it briefly to Kirby Hackett, indicating that it involved a royal family squabbling over the successor to the throne. Del Rio indicated that the conflict is resolved, with fear and torment, by Hastur, the King in Yellow. (It is worth noting that in the journal Colonel Hackett discovered in the Krewe's warehouse, the writer of the journal, presumably Randall Fowler, indicated that "Papa" had instructed him to "read the play once more".)
  • Del Rio stated that his research into the symbol itself only revealed that it was tied to tragedy and chaos in ancient times. He indicated that based on his reading of The King in Yellow, the symbol's proper name was the Yellow Sign.
  • Papa Screech claimed not to know any of the history of the symbol. He stated that he encountered the symbol in a dream and interpreted it as a sign of good fortune.

Randall Fowler
  • Fowler appeared genuinely appreciative of the three investigators' "intervention" at the Krewe warehouse. He invited all of them to the upcoming Krewe of the Swords masquerade ball, which is to be held at his home on Mardi gras night.
  • Fowler mentioned having experienced a great loss in recent times. The late Peter Garvin indicated in his notebooks that Fowler had lost his wife and child in a hit and run accident. Papa Screech stated that the loss had initially rendered Fowler unable to function in everyday life.
  • Papa Screech insisted that Fowler was not ready for any sort of social contact, insisting that he was still recovering from his emotional infirmities. It was clear to both Travis and d'Anjou that Screech wanted Fowler to be left completely alone.
  • Fowler mentioned that he is rarely at his home on Lakeshore Drive, indicating that much of his time is currently dedicated to the carnival preparations of the Krewe of the Swords.

Papa Screech
  • Screech presented himself as a spiritual advisor who had assisted the grieving Randall Fowler out of moral obligation.
  • Although Screech put on a congenial front with his mannerisms, he clearly became angry at points during his conversation with Travis and d'Anjou, especially when the two investigators separately questioned Fowler's fragility and the wisdom of keeping him isolated. He also appeared to become upset when d'Anjou mentioned "flying things and queer carved stones", a statement that referenced Peter Garvin's mysterious death and the photographs of the standing stones in the marshland.
  • Despite his apparent desire to keep the investigators away from Fowler, Screech seemed enthused about them attending the masquerade ball at Fowler's home.
  • Screech's last statement to Travis and d'Anjou suggested a knowledge of Peter Garvin's death and an understanding that the young reporter's demise was neither accidental nor a suicide. His statement also implied that Garvin died for meddling in affairs that he should have left alone.

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