The Spider Cliff Mysteries

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Story 6: Mrs. McGuffin's Corpse

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Posted by jasonblue, 11:12pm, 11 Oct, 2005

Here's some information that might or might not be useful...

Source: Wikipedia article on the history of Spider Cliff.
(okay, not really wikipedia)

Official Town Positions:
Mayor:
1887-1892 Dr. William Bean
1892-1912 Alistair Bigly Bean
1912-1930 F. Douglas Blake
1930-1949 Elias Sanderman Blake
1951-1999 Theodore Blake

Sheriff:
1895-1912 Harrington Bean
1912-1950 Edith Blake
1950-1976 Nicolas Bath
1976-present Edward Sluggmoss

Demon-Hunter:
1887-1892 Dr. William Bean
1892-1912 Alistair Bigly Bean
1912-1930 F. Douglas Blake
1930-2002 Vedalia Bean
2002-present Barlow Bean

Posted by smjjames, 11:26pm, 11 Oct, 2005

looks like Eliza's grandmother was sherriff and in the second or third story we find out that her grandfather was mayor.

early on they carried a huge load as both mayor and demon hunter. maybe the reason why a blake became a demon hunter was because they needed someone who could fill both roles, and maybe also because Alistair went corrupt, so they didn't want someone directly related to him for whatever reason.

Posted by Deverien, 11:42pm, 11 Oct, 2005

That reminds me, does Wikipedia even have an entry for the Spider Cliff Mysteries yet? Search function turns up nothing.

Posted by smjjames, 1:04pm, 12 Oct, 2005

Taitamir, Annabelle wasn't even related to Alistair.

As far as the brain faucet thing, a bunch of theorys have been tossed around, most of them along the line of some regenerating bieng or some regenerating source. Nothing has been proven or disproven yet. although we might find out something about it when Crystal explores the innards of spider cliff.

I wonder if this was inspired by a recent episode of Dirty Jobs on discovery channel.

I just noticed something, there is a two year gap between Elias Blake (Eliza's great-grandfather? or some other relative)and Theodore blake (Eliza's grandfather) as mayor. If it was that he died in 1949, there could have been a mourning period before someone decided to run for mayor. or its a typo on Jason's part.

*edited an error in who was who as I went back to Mayor Misplaced to see how he was related.
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Posted by Deverien, 1:42pm, 12 Oct, 2005

I have a really big theory, but I feel that it doesn't relate to all the clues in the story. I've been wondering about several questions, and I hope they'll spark some conversation:

1) Why did Vedalia bother burying the books, rather than just burning them or whatnot?

2) Do we know for certain that Vedalia was the one who made the McGuffin grave? (Yes, I know there are books down there, but I suspect those books might have another purpose...)

3) Sheriff said he's only missed 6 days in his 30 years on the job. Is he including the days he spent unconscious recently? And the Wednesday that wasn't?

4) How old is Barlow? (Roughly, I mean, since he was found abandoned near the marsh as a baby.)


Uh, I had a few other questions, but I forget what they are now.
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Posted by smjjames, 1:46pm, 12 Oct, 2005

it says he is about 19 in the resources section.

I think technically he didn't miss a day on the job in the wednesay that wasn't cause he was 'doing his job' that day, its just that they had to take the amniesia potion

Posted by manigen, 2:49pm, 12 Oct, 2005

Maybe Vedalia was only burying the books to draw barlow's attention to the corpse, when he was older. Maybe she wants this thing investigated.

I'm getting way ahead of the story here, but what if the demon was killed when vedalia was alive, and she wasn't able to secure justice at the time, so she set this whole thing up.
OR maybe she's using the demon to lure barlow into solving some other mystery, or teach him something.

Either way, Rebecca is probably in on it.

Posted by taltamir, 3:25pm, 12 Oct, 2005

1. Maybe she didn't beleive in burning books. Not to mention that a fire that big is easy to detect (she filled 50 coffins with books!), and barlow might have recovered some books before they burned (or discovered what she was doing with them and moved to intercept future attempts...).
2. Vedalia told rebecca that she distinctly remembers buring that batch of books and that there was no demon in it when she did.
3. The sheriff consideres the days he was unconscious because of the brick to head as missed days. I don't know what else he considered missed days, but he certainly didn't miss alot of them.

Posted by smjjames, 1:07am, 17 Oct, 2005

ha! my suspicions about the book bieng a plant because Turnip recognized the typewriting and if you do it another way he says that the sherrif usually takes care of the sewage system but has been known to con ppl into doing things he usually does.

So it was a fake created by the sherriff. I also found it a bit strange that she would just happen to find the book right in there.

theres also a clue in there that isn't marked as a clue (but probably should be as it explains some things), its that the clippers were enchanted to only work on plants, so the other tools could have been enchanted that way too. Doesn't really explain the logic behind the seperation of the shovels though.

From what Turnip is saying, it sounds like theres a whole village of his people out in the swamp, or villages, basically a whole tribe because he is talking about a culture almost.
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Posted by rora123, 3:12am, 17 Oct, 2005

yeah well we already knew that there were more paper mammals out there what did you think that turnip was the only one? pshaw...
there have been soo many theories in this story and nobody seems to be putting them together...just listing random facts of info...hey its good to know but where does that get you any closer to finding out the mystery?


AND the fact that we just found out that rebecca used to do evil things changes pretty much a LOT of theories...

Posted by don'tmilkpuppies, 6:47am, 17 Oct, 2005

i wonder if rebecca got all power-hungry and used her witch-powers to try and destroy the town. she is greedy about money. or maybe she did smething evil for cash.

i think maybe the thing that stinks is rotting flesh, not sewage. if more demons were killed, the sewage would be another good place to hide them. it doesn't sound like ppl go down that often.

Please do not adjust your reality....

Posted by LegendaryNAS, 11:06am, 17 Oct, 2005

We can't say that the sheriff was the one that typed up the book. Instead, we can only say that the book was typed on his typewriter. I'm still backing up the time travel theory.

The shovel thing is a bit weird, but then again what isn't?

The little tid bit about Rebecca does make we wonder about some other things about her. Like how old she is and stuff....

The demon as a hero...interesting. If it was proven without a doubt that a demon was good,etc, it could completely devestate the worldview of the citizens of Spidercliff. Think of the lengths that would have been gone to in order to prevent such cognitive dissonance.
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