Who Would Believe?

Who Would Believe?

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My alternative entry to the Photo Fun Competition. Two students study a photo in disbelief!
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My alternative entry to the Photo Fun Competition. Two students study a photo in disbelief!

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Submitted: February 11, 2017

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Who Would Believe?

 

Mandi James studies the photo before her. A man and a woman smiled up at her. They looked so open, so honest, so innocent. It was almost impossible to believe the facts they had discovered about the couple.

 

Daniel, her study partner, leans over her shoulder. “Amazing really, isn’t it. Just goes to show that you shouldn’t rely on looks to make a character assessments!”

 

The photograph was from the 1950’s or early 1960’s. The man was quite handsome, stylish for the time. The woman looked happy. She wasn’t classically beautiful but the expression on her face made her pretty, a pleasure to look at.

 

How many were there, do you remember.” Mandi asks Daniel.

 

Daniel scoots along the table, rifles through a pile of papers until he finds the sheet he was searching for. “Let’s see, now. One hundred and twenty bodies were found, along with their own.”

 

How did they do it, convince so many people to believe what they said? Were there any survivors?”

 

No,” Daniel says. “Not according to the reports, anyway. More bodies were found, some long dead, others more recent. It was believed that the cult always had to have 120 members and any extra ones were killed. If they had been set free in to society the whole set-up would have been uncovered and disbanded before that final tragedy took place.”

 

Was it really a mass-suicide, though? Or a mass-murder?” Mandi is still finding it hard to accept that the faces looking out at her, Peter and Mary Cole, had really committed such an atrocity.

 

That is the hard part to answer. All of the members signed their names to say that they were ‘willingly making the journey to a better place’, but the poison seemed to have been provided and administered by the Coles.”

 

Amazing! I would never have believed it,” Mandi says, then turns her attention to the next photo they have been given to research.

 

 

(328 words)


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