[this post was originally in Dreamland Newsstand under the title "Some articles I found in the attic"]
I suppose these aren't current events, but with the stuff going around and glod still missing it seems apropos that I found these the other day.
(The following article is dated Tuesday, October 11th, 1988, by a Jake Ferderbar)
HARRISBURG, Pa. - A freak fire at Sunny Shores Daycare has lead to the disappearance of five children.
A mysterious blaze sprang up in the kitchen of a local Harrisburg daycare on Monday morning. Its cause is unknown, but investigations so far have suggested a short in the electrical system. The fire spread rapidly, consuming most of the building’s interior before firefighters could arrive. Three students and a teacher received burns in the fire, with one, local Tracy Dougherty, unable to make it. Worryingly, five students were found missing afterwards. Police have already begun a search of the surrounding areas for them.
Several teachers have reported seeing a lone figure standing near the tree line around 11:00, shortly before the fire started. No other evidence of the man's presence has been found.
Foul play has not been ruled out.
(The following article is dated Friday, October 21st, 1988, by Jake Ferderbar)
Last week's daycare fire has taken a dark turn, as evidence has been found suggesting the five missing children were kidnapped.
Yesterday afternoon police finally found their first clue to the whereabouts of the missing children. A single shoe was found hanging from a branch, roughly 300 yards northeast of the daycare. The shoe was found splattered with blood, which forensics have identified as belonging to Justin Garvie, one of the missing children. Imprinted in the blood were two fingerprints, which police have been unable to trace as the time of writing.
One officer, under promise of complete anonymity, came forward to say that the fingerprints won't be traced, because they are roughly three times longer than an average fingerprint.
"The official story is that they're distorted, smeared when whoever left them let go. But they're not smeared, they're just -- long. A person's fingers don't look like that."
A second shoe was found several feet away on the ground, also spattered with Garvie's blood, with its laces tied to a stick. Police believe it was hung from the same branch the first shoe was found on.
The locations and conditions of the five missing children are still unknown, but the outlook of the investigation has been described as "grim at best."
(The following article is dated Wednesday, November 2nd, 1988, by an Amy Daly)
Police are now searching for Jake Ferderbar, 32, of N 31st St., who is believed to have disappeared within the last week. Friends say Ferderbar had been acting strangely, claiming to have been stalked by a "suited man," and only leaving his house in the rain. Neighbors reported that in the last month they had only seen him outside in order to remove all the trees from his property.
Early investigation revealed the living room table had been papered over and covered with a large sketch of the presumed "suited man," while a recently found hidden room in a basement, converted into a darkroom, contains dozens of what appear to be photos of the forest near Ferderbar's house.
Anyone with information of Ferderbar's whereabouts is encouraged to call police immediately. Anyone spotting him is advised to keep away if possible, as his erratic behavior may make him dangerous.
So apparently there's been weird things going on around here for a while now! I asked my mother if we had anything else related to this, or if she knew anything about what happened, but all she could remember is that they apparently found 4 bodies in the woods nearby over the next few years. Not sure what happened to the last one.