JOURNAL DE ARENBERG
NOMBRE ENTIER 18,957
ARENBERG, FR, MARDI, DECEMBRE, 4, 1894
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Tragedy in Arenberg church
4 found dead -fires break out in surrounding homes and businesses Fires erupted shortly after four in the morning sending residents screaming into the streets. Witnesses report hearing several explosions prior to the fires. One man, Christian Purdhomme, reported seeing three men running through the streets chasing one another during the mêlée. “I had no intention of trying to stop any of them,” the man reported “they had dark looks about them.” Mr. Purdhomme said the men, each pursuing the next, gave chase down Rue Theirs before disappearing among the houses. The gendarmerie declined to comment. Inside sources say the three suspects have avoided apprehension, however another man, wanted for questioning in the murders, was apprehended just moments ago. The source refused to reveal the name of the man or where he was being held. The names of the four dead have not yet been released nor have the natures of their deaths but foul play is suspected in all cases. Of the buildings sustaining damage, the most notable is la bibliothèque d'Arenberg, which appears to have lost the entire front entry and half the racks to an explosion. No witnesses to the destruction could be found, however it is suspected one of the initial explosions can be sourced here. The gendarmerie, once again, refused to comment.
Farmers express concerns about increasing wild boar population. After a dreadful harvest, farmers take aim at local vermin. “Each year the wild boar population seems to grow larger.” Says farmer Stephen Stojowski. “Tried and tested scare tactics seem to have little effect on the monsters. I even got me a litter of mastiff pups this spring but they just tuck‐tail and run at the site of em’.” Stojowski reports. Indeed these beasts are on the rise in both population strength and size. One farmer reported capturing a 30 stone boar who’d just finished eating half his grain stores. “On the plus side,” he said, “We’ll have smoked meat rather than hard bread this winter. The gendarmerie, when asked about the problem, said they’re unofficially exploring population control options.
Strange goings on reported at church meetings prior to the murders.
One parishioner, who wished to go unnamed, reported several outbursts during services in the weeks leading up the murders. The parishioner wouldn’t go into detail regarding the cause of the outbreaks but she firmly believed they were related to the murders.
Have you seen this man? Notify your local gendarmerie immediately.