In the last five years, Forthright has retired to his manor in Manhattan, NYC. He has taken a number of the investigators from the Dr Leiter episode with him for company. The current date is January 13, 1925.
The Jackson Elias Affair
On the morning of the 13th of January, 1925, John Ryan receives a telegram from Jackson Elias:
HAVE INFORMATION CONCERNING CARLYLE EXPEDITION STOP NEED RELIABLE INVESTIGATIVE TEAM STOP ARRIVE JANUARY 15 STOP SIGNED JACKSON ELIAS
Telegram prompts a flurry of investigation and research. Library is searched for newspaper articles on the Carlyle Expedition.
BIG APPLE DATELINE
ROGER CARLYLE, the playboy whom everybody knows — or knows about — is quietly leaving New Yawk tomorrow to check out the tombs of Egypt! You’ve see the cuties ROGER has found in the nightspots. Who can doubt he’ll dig up someone — er, something — equally fabulous from the Egyptian sands?
— New York Pillar/Riposte, April 4, 1919
CARLYLE EXPEDITION EMBARKS FOR ENGLAND
Led by the fabulously-wealthy playboy Roger Carlyle, the Carlyle Expedition departed this morning for Southampton aboard the crack British steamship Imperial Standard.
Contrary to earlier reports, the expedition will perform researches in London under the auspices of the Penhew Foundation before continuing to Egypt next month.
Readers may recall the enormous party which Mr. Carlyle, now 24, gave at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel upon reaching his majority. Since then, scandals and indelicate behaviour have become Carlyle’s trademark, but he never has become tarnished in the eyes of Manhattanites.
Members of the expedition have been reluctant to reveal their purpose in Egypt.
Other Expedition Members
Renowned Egyptologist Sir Aubrey Penhew is assistant leader of the team, and in charge of excavations.
Dr Robert Huston, a fashionable ‘Freudian’ psychologist, accompanies the expedition to pursue parallel researches into ancient pictographs.
Miss Hypatia Masters, linked in the past to Carlyle, will act as photographer and archivist.
Mr Jack Brady, intimate to Mr Carlyle, accompanies the group as general factotum.
Additional members may be secured while in London.
—New Your Pillar/Riposte, April 5, 1919
CARLYLE DEPARTS EGYPT
CAIRO (AP)—Sir Aubrey Penhew, temporary spokesman for the Carlyle Expedition, indicated Monday that the leaders are taking ship to East Africa for a ‘well-earned rest’.
Sir Aubrey debunked rumours that the expedition had discovered clues to the legendary wealth of the lost mines of King Solomon, maintaining that the party was going on safari “in respite from our sandy labor.”
Roger Carlyle, wealthy New York leader of the expedition, was unavailable for comment, still suffering from his recent sunstroke.
Discussing that unfortunate incident, local experts declared Egypt entirely too hot for Anglo-Saxons at this time of year, and suggested that the young American had not been well-served by his democratic enthusiasm, rumoured to have led him to personally wield pick and shovel.
—New York Pillar/Riposte, July 3, 1919
MOMBASSA (Reuters)—Leading members of an American archaeological expedition arrived her on holiday from digs in Egypt’s Nile Valley.
Our Under-Secretary, Mr Royston Whittington, held a welcoming dinner for them at Collingwood House, where the wit of Sir Aubrey Penhew, expedition co-leader, was much in evidence.
Accompanying Sir Aubrey are two Americans, youthful financier Roger Carlyle and medical doctor Robert Huston.
The party leaves inclined tomorrow, for Nairobi and hunting.
—New York Pillar/Riposte, July 24, 1919
CARLYLE EXPEDITION FEARED LOST
MOMBASSA (Reuters)—Uplands police representatives today asked fro public assistance concerning the disappearance of the Carlyle Expedition. No word of the party has been received in nearly two months.
The group includes wealthy playboy Roger Carlyle and three other American citizens, as well as respected Egyptologist Sir Aubrey Penhew of the United Kingdom.
The expedition left Nairobi on August 3, ostensibly on camera safari, but rumour insisted that they actually were after legendary Biblical treasures.
Carlyle and his party reportedly intended to explore portions of the Great Rift Valley, to the northwest of Nairobi.
—New York Pillar/Riposte, Oct 15, 1919
ERICA CARLYLE ARRIVES IN AFRICA
MOMBASSA (Reuters)—In response to clues, Miss Erica Carlyle, sister to the American leader of the lost Carlyle Expedition, arrived in port today aboard the Egyptian vessel Fount of Life.
Several Kikuyu-villager reports recently have been received concerning the putative massacre of unnamed whites near Aberdare Forest.
Miss Carlyle declared her intention to find her brother, regardless of the effort needed. She brought with her the nucleus of a large expedition.
emailing agent to coordinate supply and other activities with Colony representatives, Miss Carlyle and the remainder of her party depart for Nairobi tomorrow.
Her companion, Mrs Victoria Post, indirectly emphasised Miss Carlyle’s purposefulness by recounting the riggers of the voyage aboard the Semite ship.
—New York Pillar/Riposte, March 11, 1920
CARLYLE MASSACRE CONFIRMED
NAIROBI (Reuters)—The massacre of the long-missing Carlyle Expedition was confirmed today by the district police representatives.
Roger Carlyle, New York’s rollicking playboy, is counted among the missing.
Authorities blame hostile Nandi tribesmen for the shocking murders. Remains of least two dozen expedition members and bearers are thought found in several concealed grave sites.
Erica Carlyle, Roger Carlyle’s sister and apparent heiress to the Carlyle family fortune, led the dangerous search for her brother and his party. She credited Kikuyu tribesmen for the discovery, though police actually found the site.
Among other expedition members believed lost are Sir Aubrey Penhew, noted Egyptologist; New York socialite Hypatia Masters, and Dr. Robert Huston. Many bearers also reported dead.
—New York Pillar/Riposte, May 24, 1920
NAIROBI (reuters)—Five Nandi tribesmen, convicted ringleaders of the vicious Carlyle Expedition massacre, were executed this morning after a short, expertly-conducted trial.
To the end, the tribesmen steadfastly refused to reveal where they had hidden the bodies of the white leaders of the expedition. Mr Harvis, acting for the Colony, cleverly implied throughout the trial that the massacre was racial in motivation, and that the fair-skinned victims were taken to a secret location, there to suffer the most savage treatment.
Miss Erica Carlyle, defeated in her efforts to rescue her brother, left several weeks ago, but is surely comforted now by the triumph of justice.
—New York Pillar/Riposte, June 19, 1920
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15th January, 1925. Jackson Elias calls.
Chelsea Hotel, room 410 at 8pm.
No answer to repeated knocking.
Night manager summoned to open the door. Gasps at the entrance.
Three individuals in the room. Blood everywhere. A large negro attacks the night manager with a panga machete. Another negro and a white guy standing over the body of Jackson Elias who is carved up.
Dwayne shuts the door. The attackers then pull a chest of drawers in front of the door and get out the window on the fire escape. We eventually burst in and proceed to shoot and wound one of the Negros.
John Ryan leans out the window and shoots and misses.
Evelyn and Dwayne check the body. Entrails laid out in a pattern. Also a pattern carved into the forehead.
Fellow running away at the bottom of the stairs opens the door to a car. Black Hudson Touring Roadster. The second one is getting down to the bottom. NY Licence.
Forthright seriously wounds the second.
Mark on his head was from the cult of the bloody tongue. From Kenya.
Police arrive and lock down the room. They go through the room in great detail.
Lt Martin Poole (smart dressed police lieutenant). Tells us that there has been a number of murders of this nature amongst the black community. The pattern.
- Ninth victim in the last 2 years
- No connections
- All different groups all over the city (poor, wealthy, white, black, etc)
To investigate later: Erica Carlyle