A Secret Grave 137: Alternative Facts

 

A Hidden Grave was published in 2014. Clearly, it was based on the real-life story of Sarah Ann Grinnell who died in October 2000. Although Josie and Sarah lived in different cities, many of the facts were the same – both women were being treated for weight loss by alternative health practitioners, both succumbed to cardiac arrest in their early forties, both had female roommates (though it wasn’t clear in the case of Sarah Ann if hers was a romantic relationship), both died at work, and in both cases the medical practitioners disappeared. The obvious questions for me were: What had prompted CD Knowles to write his book, and was he trying to tell us in a very concrete way (no pun intended) that Victor had been murdered and by whom.

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Sarah Ann Grinnell’s Obituary Photo (Weight Loss – cropped, Jennifer Morrow, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

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Josie Carter

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So first of all, who was CD Knowles? I had no fucking clue. His (or her) identity was completely hidden, and all I could come up with was local Austin film critic Harry Knowles, who was not a fit, believe me.

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Harry Knowles at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego, Gage Skidmore, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0

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I visited Harry to make sure, but he’d never heard of Victor Goodlove, or Sarah Ann, or any of it, and he had no idea what I was talking about.

Nor did the internet yield clues. CD Knowles had zero presence online, and there was nothing about the book, A Hidden Grave, that gave away his identity.

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I don’t know how many actual copies exist. The book was self-published with very little, if any, marketing. It was described as a “fictionalized memoir” illustrated with personal photos. I’m not sure what that means, but in our current world of alternative facts, made-up stories take on lives of their own and somehow transmogrify into reality. The same could be said about some of the things I write, but unlike CD Knowles, my identity isn’t hidden, which in today’s climate of hate and division sometimes worries me.

 

To be continued…

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Cover photo ~ http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/stories/parallel-worlds-exist-and-interact-with-our-world-say

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