The History of Light & Dark's Notorious Town, Fairview Falls
From the outside Fairview Falls appears to be a quaint
little town. But, appearances can be deceiving. Sailors tell
tales of the the infamous Bermuda Triangle, a mythical place in the sea
that draws forth the unwary and whisks them away never to be heard from
again. Could such a place exist on land?
The first tragedy suffered by the town happened in the winter of 1943.
St. Luke's Home for Wayward Children caught fire. Dozens of children
as well as staff were burned alive. Nine-year-old Jeremiah Jones was
one of the few survivors. Decades later, the building was
converted to low cost housing. It became a haven for drug dealers,
murderers and thieves. In 2002, another fire broke out but was
In 1954, Jeremiah Jones answered God's calling and became a reverend at the age
of twenty. The following year he married his organist, Evelyn Sayer.
In November of 1962, Justin Fernier, his son Ethan and his pregnant wife Eloise
moved to Fairview Falls where they took up residence in the tenement building
that used to be St. Luke's. Shortly after, Eloise gave birth to a daughter
that they named Elizabeth.
In 1963, Reverend Jeremiah Jones was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment
at the Westmore Psychiatric Facility for poisoning his Sunday school class.
Seven year old Ethan Fernier was the only survivor. Evelyn, overcome with
grief, hung herself from the clothesline on the back porch.
In 1967, the Bradbury Circus came to town. Seven year old Oscar
Valentine, bursting with anticipation to see the circus clowns, dragged
his father Harold past the sideshow tents to a little trailer parked in
the rear. Ignoring his father's plea to wait, Oscar barged into the
trailer. To his surprise, he didn't find the jolly clowns that he
adored. Instead, he came face to face with two escapees from the Westmore Psychiatric Facility - Reverend Jeremiah Jones
and Azrael, an emotionless behemoth who Reverend Jones manipulated
into helping him escape. The patients subdued father and son.
That night, little Oscar watched as his father was filleted and eaten
alive. Reverend Jones and Azrael were never apprehended.
In the late 1970s, film director Winston Korman took residence in Fairview
Falls after hearing the story of Oscar Valentine. It was decided
that this cozy little town would make a perfect backdrop for his
movies. Korman was best known for his series
budget splatter movies which were all shot on the outskirts of town. No one
expected that these films would become so famous or that one in particular would spawn such evil. That
evil became known as the Black Rose Killer.
bent on revenge and filled with self loathing, unleashed his anger upon
the unsuspecting townspeople. A black rose was found at each crime
scene. The police were baffled and never made the connection between
the murders and Korman's final movie, "Dead to Rites™," which featured a cult calling
themselves the "Ancient Order of the Rose." The murders
suddenly stopped. The only victim to survive was seven year old,
Alice Walker. Convicted felon, Ted Gasey was picked up by the local
authorities and questioned but was later released. He had an alibi.
The Black Rose Killer was never found.
All was quiet for about a decade. In 1990,
Sarah Weston was brutally
attacked by her neighbor, Henry Wallace. Sarah, born autistic and
unable to speak, could never give an answer to the desperate Wallaces or
the authorities as to exactly what took place. What happened to
their son? Did he flee the crime scene. Henry Wallace was
As the millennium approached, the crime rate increased. The range of
the occurrences were more widespread leaking into neighboring towns and
eventually to the city.
A dark cloud was cast across the land. It's point of origin -
Jimmy Wayne Garrick was arrested for the murders of
a number of men and women. Though the body count was nothing
compared to the Black Rose Killer, the murders were just as savage.
The following morning after his arrest, Jimmy's cell was found empty with
the door still locked. He was never heard from again. An
investigation ensued that eventually led to permanent closure
of the Westmore Psychiatric Facility.
In 2000, the newspapers held yet another ominous headline -
"The Taxi Cab Murders." Witnesses reported having seen the victims
getting into a taxi. Just as the killing spree of the Black Rose
Killer had begun and ended quickly, so did the taxi cab murders. The
killer was never brought to justice.
In 2001, the Black Rose Killer would return to haunt
The murderous rampage swept through the town once again.
was later tried and convicted for murder in connection with the killing
spree. He claimed to be innocent. A calm finally fell across
the city - a calm that would not last forever.
In 2007, a new danger would beset Fairview Falls. After a graduation
party, a group of
teenagers decided to take a romp into the woods to investigate an animal mutilation.
They were later confronted by Oscar Valentine who harbored a deadly secret that
threatened to devour his sanity. It is a confrontation that changed their lives
In the passing years many questions have still remained unanswered.
Many have tried to forget and bury the
nasty little secrets that the town holds. But for
some, they can never forget. Some people, people like
and Martin Graves, just can't leave the past alone. Their destinies
are entwined and they all lead down one path - the path to where it all
began - the Black Rose Killer.
2011, struggling actress Melissa Harding disappeared a few days after attending
an open casting call. Her missing persons poster hangs in the town
post office next to countless others who have vanished without a trace over the
years in Fairview Falls.
In 2012, Peter returned to Fairview
Falls to write his memoirs of which several chapters were dedicated to
unraveling the mystery of Fairview Falls' most notorious and elusive
killer. The book, entitled "Of Light and Dark," would go on to be a
best seller and eventually be made into a movie funded by Winston Korman's
brother, Eli Korman.
In 2013, a mysterious phenomena occurred in Fairview Falls. It's
residents all seemed to suffer blackouts and amnesia. The source of
this disturbance was never identified.
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