Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mad-Gassers

I'm researching a piece on the Mad-Gasser of Mattoon and the story is a lot deeper than I thought, or was ever reported. There were similar attacks in a small town some ways away a little before with eerily similar circumstances and clues. I have no idea if they are connected - I suppose no one does anymore - but these attacks did occur near war-time and it would not surprise me in the slightest to learn that some escaped Nazi or sympathizer was at work on some kind of super-agent anymore than it would to learn that our own operatives, or some homegrown would-be hero "scientist," was behind the whole thing.

Of course, neither would it surprise me to learn that it was all the work of a couple of dorks who were just plain nutter. Or that little to none of it happened at all. However, there is a lot of information out there on the subject and it can get hard to sift through the wheat and chaff, so that's been keeping me busy lately.

© C Harris Lynn, 2011

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