03 abril, 2010

La alegría de morir (sin hacerlo)

No se me da mal entretenerme cuando no tengo deberes... Además de hablar sola en inglés y de probar antihistamínicos, tango épocas de chatear sin descanso. Pero normalmente, cuando no leo, navego y, de vez en cuando -cuando me aburro-, investigo lo que se dice de mí en internet.

Es así como he leído sobre mi propia muerte (varias veces). Confieso que en algún backup he perdido el archivo donde coleccionaba las reseñas de cómo Eva Roy ha muerto a lo largo de la historia. Desde la tranquila comodidad de saberme viva, no ocultaré que se me ponen lo pelos de punta al comprobar que ésa que me mira desde el espejo, ésa que era inmortal, caerá como todos.

Eva Roy: August 1918
Peter Roy was a Danish immigrant who had come to Fairfax from Minnesota in 1912. In November of that year he purchased two parcels of land near the current intersection of Old Keene Mill Road and Sydenstricker Road, totaling 180 acres.14 Roy, a widower, became a prosperous farmer and an active member of the Lee Chapel Methodist Church. With him resided his eldest daughter Caroline, her husband William K. Jerman, and his younger daughter Eva.

On the morning of Aug. 4, 1918, Eva Roy, age 14, left her home near Burke, at around 9:00 a.m. to tend her father's small herd of cows. When Eva failed to return home that evening her father began a search. Neighbors were soon enlisted to help, but it was some 24 hours later that her body was found tied to a tree in the woods near the old Hanse House, her apron strings tight about her throat. The county coroner, Dr. W. I. Robey, concluded that the girl had been "Brutally assaulted" before being strangled to death.15 A Coroner's Jury was appointed, and quickly concluded: "We, the jury, find that Eva Roy came to her death at the hands of some unknown person, and the indications point to Lu Hall, as the probable perpetrator of the crime."16 Hall, a 33-year-old woodcutter, lived about 1/2 mile from the scene of the crime and was seen in the woods near the time of the girl's disappearance.

The case was not to be easily solved, however, as other suspects were soon identified and eventually eliminated.

The first, William Wooster, age 16, was soon arrested for assaulting a "colored girl." He had recently been released from an insane asylum, but was found that he was nowhere near the scene of Eva's murder.17

The next suspect to emerge was a soldier who deserted from Camp A. A. Humphries (now Fort Belvoir). The soldier, a sergeant whom the papers fail to name, was located some days later near Charlottesville, Virginia. He had scratches on his face and hands, was wearing freshly laundered clothes, and claimed to have no memory of the events between his leaving Camp Humphries and his capture. Sheriff Allison traveled to Charlottesville to interview the man, but after some weeks of investigation determined that he was not connected with the crime.18

The lagging investigation seemed to finally receive a break with the apprehension of Ben Ruben, an escaped inmate from Lorton Prison. Ruben, who had been serving a three-year sentence for housebreaking,19 was arrested by Washington, D. C. police on September 19 for assaulting a little girl. While on the way to the police station he confessed to Eva's murder. Ruben claimed "he met Eva Roy, looking after her father's cows. He asked her for food and in a conversation with her he told her he was an ex-convict. She declared she would 'turn him up' as he declared, and he became excited and choked her."20 The Washington authorities were unconvinced by Ruben's story and wanted to try him for assault and theft before turning him over to the Virginia courts. An investigator sent by the Commonwealth of Virginia to interview Ruben concluded that he was not responsible for the crime, but extradition papers were filed anyway.21 On September 26 Ruben was escorted to the scene of the crime by Sheriff Allison, Commonwealth Attorney C. Vernon Ford, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Wilson M. Farr, Dr. Swetnam, and acting counsel for the defense F. D. Richardson.22 After being unable to locate the scene of the attack or the tree where the body was left, Ruben denied killing Eva. He claimed the presence of the girl's father spurred him to recant his confession. Ruben's motive for confessing was revealed some weeks later when on October 6 he escaped from the jail in Fairfax. He was arrested two days later while attempting to buy a pistol and admitted that he concocted his story in order to be transferred to Fairfax, where he thought escape would be easier.23 He was eventually convicted of burglary and escape from jail and was sentenced to four more years in prison.24

Lou Hall was finally tried for the murder in Fairfax County Court. The prosecution was handled by State's Attorney C. Vernon Ford, assisted by Wilson M. Farr. The defense was provided by Walter T. Oliver. His first trial resulted in a hung jury with nine votes for guilty, three for innocent.25 His second trial resulted in a clear verdict of "Not Guilty."26

Peter Roy died on January 22, 1938, and was interred in Lee Chapel Cemetery next to his youngest daughter.27 Her murderer was never found.

After scrutinizing the three preceding events I concluded that none are likely candidates for the Bunny Man. Charles Holober was caught and incarcerated. Louis Boersig was caught and summarily executed, and the murder of Eva Roy, even though it has many of the elements that a legend could build upon, is simply too old. This last assertion is based upon one other important factor that has emerged through my research. The Bunny Man, like any good legend, has evolved over time. The recent rash of persons researching the origins of this story have been largely attracted by the spectacular nature of the alleged crime. The previously cited Forbes version of the story features 32 victims and has a pronounced supernatural element. This contrasts sharply with versions of the tale I collected from the 1980s which generally involved only one to three victims, usually children. More importantly, the earliest versions (dating to the 1970s) did not mention any deaths at all. These earliest versions recount acts of vandalism (usually against secluded residential construction sites) or couples parked at secluded "Lovers Lane", type locations being accosted/threatened by a strange individual dressed in a white Bunny costume. More research was clearly needed. Toda la nota.

Class of 1950

Richard Ouellette, Gerard Beaudoin, Theodore St. Onge, Robert Paradis, Adrien Soucy, Marcel Marcotte, Paul Lachance, Ronald Soucy
Leo Theriault, Violet Fortier, Louise Montminy, Pauline Lamothe, Claire Grenier, Helen Sarette, Lorraine Ducharme, Esther Grimard, Ernest Barbeau, Joanne Riel, Rolande Demers, Pearl Provencher, Jacqueline Beaupre, Janice Allard, Jeanne Crete, Doris Boisvert, Maurice Roy, Albert Messier, Edouard Gagnon, Monsignor J. Vaccarest, Eva Roy, Doris Groleau, Pauline Guillemette.

Y aquí también me localizo: con coincidencia del nombre de antepasados incluso...

Pero no sólo me muero... Online me veo como cabeza de lista del grupo ecologista independiente en Francia.

Y aparezco como actriz en una película lésbica:
Eva Roy – Played by Nicole Parker, has anyone seen how hot she is lately. Such a cute match these two, and how they met, is just adorable Eva, pulls up to Randy’s aunt’s garage and needs some maintenance on her Land Rover “There is something wrong with my car, I think it is the back tire, can you look at it for me” “I just can’t put air in the tires, cause I think it is going to blow up in my face” (Ps Love that truck) and the goggle eyes ensue.

3 comentarios:

Anónimo dijo...

good share, great article, very usefull for us...thank you

Anónimo dijo...

Yes, correctly.

Anónimo dijo...

Thanks for sharing this link, but unfortunately it seems to be down... Does anybody have a mirror or another source? Please answer to my post if you do!

I would appreciate if a staff member here at evaroy.blogspot.com could post it.