Jᴏʜɴ Wɪʟʟɪᴀᴍ Jᴀᴍᴇs Lᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ

  • Certain redacted words/phrases from the photocopy of newspaper article can be found in this letter.
  • Words/phrases that are taken from the accompanying redacted article:

    • the leaky pipe
    • carries more water
    • breaks and leaks
    • are
    • more likely to show
    • depression
    • to last decades
    • and perhaps a century

Lɪsᴛᴇɴɪɴɢ Fʀɪᴇɴᴅs ᴏғ Aᴍᴇʀɪᴄᴀ Lᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ

  • George Madson's title is "Vice-President and Chief Welcoming Agent".

Pᴀᴘᴇʀ Cʟɪᴘ

  • The medicine cup attributes to Friend being in a psych ward.
  • Has JWJ stopped taking his meds?

Pʜᴏᴛᴏᴄᴏᴘʏ ᴏғ Nᴇᴡsᴘᴀᴘᴇʀ Aʀᴛɪᴄʟᴇ

  • The full article can be found online by searching for the headline.
  • Relevant Words/Phrases

    • the leaky pipe
    • carries more water
    • breaks and leaks
    • are
    • more likely to show
    • depression
    • to last decades
    • and perhaps a century
  • Irrelevant Words/Phrases

    • Scott
    • The Baltimore Sun
    • Mulberry Street
    • Mulberry
    • Greene
    • Paca
    • York Road
    • Cockeysville
    • Centre Street
    • Mount Vernon
    • Kurt Kocher
    • Kocher
    • Kocher
    • Adrienne Barnes
    • Barnes
    • Mulberry

Tʜᴇ Sᴛᴀʀ Cʜᴀʀᴛ

  • Found in "Easy Stars" lesson book.
  • Constellations

    • Cygnus:

      • The Swan or Northern Cross
    • Cepheus:

      • King of Aethiopia; married to Cassiopeia and father of Andromeda
    • Andromeda:

      • Daughter of Cassiopeia
    • Lacerta:

      • The Lizard
    • Cassiopeia:

      • The queen of Aethiopia; wife of King Cepheus of Aethiopia and mother of Princess Andromeda
    • Draco:

      • Dragon
    • Ursa Minor:

      • The smaller bear/the lesser bear
    • Camelopardis:

      • The Giraffe
    • Ursa Major:

      • The great bear/the larger bear; associated with Callisto
    • Lynx

      • The Cat
    • Lyra:

      • Lyre; represented as a vulture or an eagle carrying a lyre, and hence is sometimes referred to as Vultur Cadens or Aquila Cadens, respectively
      • Not shown on star chart; to the left of Cygnus

Tʜᴇ Sᴛʀɪɴɢ

  • First choice for upholstery, leatherwork, auto interiors, banners and flags, sports gear, horse saddles and tack, knife sheaths, gun holsters, fishing lures, and briefcases.
  • Bonded???

    • Resistant to chemicals, abrasion, and sunlight.
  • Possibly from a harp in the music room.

    • Inspector notes say to secure locks in music room.
    • Lyra constellation relates to a lyre, which is a harp.

Tʜᴇ Sᴡᴀɴ

  • Relates to the constellation Cygnus on the star chart.
  • Found in "Infant's Cabinet of Birds and Beasts" book.

    • The Swan next to The Vulture
    • Cygnus next to Lyra (constellations)
  • An adult female swan is called a pen, which JWJ wishes he had.

  • Inspector Notes Database

    • File: RS013K
    • Password: RS013K9DF
    • Inspector: Rachel Scalione

      • LFoA Welcome Letter: Untampered
      • Patient Letter: Patient does not reveal sensitive information. Letter is typed, patient under sharps-free supervision
      • Medicine Cup, Crushed: Patient included for unknown reasons. No residue, safe
      • Small Section of Nylon String: Request security to ensure proper locks on music room.
      • Picture Card of Swan: Image copied from book in library, patient made card in arts and crafts. Patient seems to be focusing on swans recently.
      • Star Chart: Another image copied and printed in arts and crafts. No idea why he chose those particular constellations.
      • Article: Certain words and phrases redacted.

"Tʜᴇ Dʀᴀɢᴏɴ Dᴇᴠᴏᴜʀɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ Cᴏᴍᴘᴀɴɪᴏɴs ᴏғ Cᴀᴅᴍᴜs" Pʀɪɴᴛ

  • The gruesome scene was inspired by the story of Cadmus in Ovid's "Metamorphoses". Cadmus was sent by the Delphic Oracle to follow a cow and build a city at the first place it decided to lie down. The cow eventually collapsed at the future site of Thebes. When Cadmus sent his men to fetch water, they were killed by a dragon guarding the spring. Cadmus then slew the dragon, as seen in the background. On the advice of the goddess Athena, he sowed the dragon's teeth in the soil, from which armed men sprung up. Five of them became the ancestors of the Thebans.
  • When laid over the accompanying letter, a message is revealed:

    • "Discover. Don't believe them here."

Jᴏʜɴ Wɪʟʟɪᴀᴍ Jᴀᴍᴇs Lᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ

  • "fi" in this letter is scrunched together.
  • Some words in this letter are misspelled or unnecessarily capitalized.
  • If the dragon print is placed over this letter, a hidden message is revealed:

    • "Discover. Don't believe them here."
  • At the bottom, JWJ mentions an inspector owing him a favor.

    • Is said inspector Jacob Nilson? If so, why would he owe JWJ a favor...?
    • Why would the inspector not just let JWJ see the file instead of sending it to us?

Lɪsᴛᴇɴɪɴɢ Fʀɪᴇɴᴅs ᴏғ Aᴍᴇʀɪᴄᴀ Lᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ

  • George Madson's title has changed to "Vice-President and Lead Encouragement Officer".

Lʟᴏʏᴅ MᴄGᴏᴡᴀɴ Pᴇʀsᴏɴᴀʟ Fɪʟᴇ

  • Lilian Grayson was stabbed in the abdomen 13 times.

    • Possibly to kill an unborn fetus if she was, indeed, pregnant?
  • Why, exactly, did Dr. Richter want to take a more direct interest in Lloyd McGowan after the incident in the exercise yard?

  • Why was Dr. Richter so eager to be rid of Lloyd McGowan...?

  • Why was Dr. Richter so eager to be rid of Lloyd McGowan...?

  • There is a discrepancy between Lloyd's birth date being the 16th or the 17th in his patient/transfer file.

  • Lloyd McGowan was on Mellaril at the time of Lilian Grayson's murder, as well as confined to his room. He would have been in no state to commit murder and/or rape.

    • Is Heather the Head Nurse?
    • Is she George Madson's wife?

Tʜᴇ Pᴏᴇᴍ

  • Reference to Janus in the accompanying letter points to looking forward and backward - reading certain words backward.

    • llew(spring) = well
    • ecalp = place
    • seloh = holes
  • "Place holes well" is telling us to place the dragon print atop the accompanying letter to reveal a hidden message.

  • The first letter in each line of the last stanza in the poem read: "See Truth".

  • "Throw away these lines, he wins."

    • Does he mean George Madson, or Lilian Grayson's murderer?
  • The thumbprint on the front of the poem is blood, according to the inspector notes.

  • Why did Jacob think blood didn't violate any regulations?

  • When the black light is shown over the back of the poem, JWJ's patient number (1618) can be seen in opposite corners.

    See Figure 1


  • Relates to the myth of Cadmus and the dragon.

    • After slaying the dragon, Cadmus buried its teeth in the soil. Armed men sprung up and began fighting each other. Only five survived.
  • Inspector Notes Database

    • File: JN013M
    • Password: JN013M2AC
    • Inspector: Jacob Nilson

      • Mr. James' Letter: He has such a way with words. I think we need to look for leaks in the building because there is some kind of residue on the back of the letter.
      • LFoA Letter: Nothing unusual here, George being stuffy as usual.
      • Tooth: I don't think this is Mr. James' tooth
      • Dragon Print: This is such an interesting picture. I think Mr. James made it in Arts n Crafts. He's very talented. I wonder why he chose to leave some areas blank
      • Mr. James' Poem: Mr. James really is an amazing man. And so creative. I can't imagine Mr. James making a typo, but I don't understand some of his words. He's doing much better than our other patients. There's some blood on the poem. I hope he's O.K. I don't think it violates any regulations

Aʟᴘʜᴀʙᴇᴛ Cᴀʀᴅ

  • Found in "Infant's Cabinet of Birds and Beasts" book. The period was moved from the Z to the X.
  • According to the inspector notes, "X" marks the spot, end, or beginning.

    • "X" marks the spot in the Winter Puzzle hint: "XXXX".

Bʟᴏᴏᴅɪᴇᴅ Pᴇɴ

  • It came very well-wrapped in saran wrap.
  • It is actually a penknife, which is covered in some sort of sticky reddish-brown substance.

    • Is it blood?
    • Is it iodine?
    • Is it wood stain?
  • JWJ said he wished he had a pen in his first letter. It seems he finally obtained one.

    • How did he receive it, and a penknife at that?
    • What did he do with it? Who did he hurt?
    • Why did he send it to us?

Jᴏʜɴ Wɪʟʟɪᴀᴍ Jᴀᴍᴇs Lᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ

  • In this letter, JWJ speaks of binary code. There is a binary code hidden within the letter. When solved, it reveals the message: "I got M".

    • Who or what could M be?
    • Could it be Madson?
    • Did JWJ retaliate against George Madson in some way?
  • The inspector notes for the alphabet card refer to "X" marking end or beginning.

    • "X" marks the ending of the binary code message in this letter.
    • "X" marks the beginning of the two anagrammed words in this letter.
  • Anagrammed Words

    • mooded = doomed
    • scungy = Cygnus
  • The obelisk JWJ mentions refers to the "crazy" statue in the Paul Redfern story.

    • The obelisk was in a dream and therefore metaphorical, not a literal obelisk.
    • He was alone but felt a presence, the presence of "Jesus".
    • It towered over the lands.
    • The ill omen was that of Paul Redfern crashing his plane nearby.

Lɪsᴛᴇɴɪɴɢ Fʀɪᴇɴᴅs ᴏғ Aᴍᴇʀɪᴄᴀ Lᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ

  • George Madson's title has changed to "Transition Facilitator".
  • In this letter, George points us to the Winter Puzzle on the Listening Friends of America website.

Mᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ Bʀᴀᴄᴇʟᴇᴛ

  • The bracelet reveals JWJ's birth date and full patient number.

Pʜᴏᴛᴏɢʀᴀᴘʜ ᴏғ ᴀ Rᴇᴅ-Pᴀɪɴᴛᴇᴅ Bᴀʀɴ

  • The image in the photograph appears to be a part of the Darlington facility grounds, as noted in the inspector notes: "But who would have been able to take this photo? No one is allowed a camera."
  • Inspector Notes Database

    • File: JN018F
    • Password: JN018F0EE
    • Inspector: Jacob Nilson

      • *Note how the handwriting and overall tone have changed.

      • Mr. Madson's Corporate Letter: It would appear that Mr. Madson has fallen in stature. Why should his title change?

      • Photograph: What a lovely shade of red. But who would have been able to take this photo? No one is allowed a camera.

      • Alphabet Card: There is no sentence here. Why punctuate? Does "X" mark the spot? the end? or the beginning? What a jumble.

      • Pen: It would appear that Mr. James finally got his pen, only to give it away again.

      • Bracelet: I suppose no one will be needing this anymore.

      • Mr. James' Letter: An interesteing letter, to be certain. He refers to some sort of obelisk, though, which isn't clear. His O's and L's seem a bit odd in this letter. Perhaps something is wrong with the typewriter.

  • Archives → Winter 2017 Newsletter → Winter Puzzle

    • Solution


        • "Bpazil" is misspelled on purpose...
        • PR leads to Paul Redfern
        • P is the 16th letter of alphabet and R is the 18th letter of alphabet = 1618 - JWJ's patient number
        • Pilot: Paul Redfern
        • ???? = 1902/XXXX = 1618
        • Leads to audio file on LFoA website

Fᴀᴜsᴛᴜs Pʀɪɴᴛ

  • The photo is of Faustus conjuring Mephistopheles.
  • Taken from a printing of "The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus" play, 1620.
  • Non sequi sus. Sequitur. Canes ostendere veritas. = "Does not result from a pig. Follows. Reality show dogs."

Jᴏʜɴ Wɪʟʟɪᴀᴍ Jᴀᴍᴇs Lᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ

  • The envelope came sealed, and the letter was partially glued to the envelope's interior.
  • He seems to be starting new lines in the middle of sentences.
  • He refers to sinkholes of his childhood, having become fascinated with them ever since.

    • This explains the sinkhole article he included in Episode 1.
  • "Whan that April with his showres soote the droughte of March hath perced to the roote, and bathed every veine in swich licour, of which vertu engendred is the flowr" is the introduction to "The Canterbury Tales", but with some words spelled differently.

    • "April" instead of "Aprill"
    • "Showres" instead of "shoures"
    • "Droughte" instead of "droghte"
    • "Veine" instead of "veyne"
    • "Flowr" instead of "flour"
  • "Shoures soote" = sweet showers, rain

  • "Droghte" = dryness

  • "Veyne" = vein (of the plant)

  • "Swich" = such

Lᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ ғʀᴏᴍ Dʀ. Wɪʟʟɪᴀᴍ Rɪᴄʜᴛᴇʀ ᴛᴏ Dʀ. Sᴀᴍᴜᴇʟ J. Hᴀᴡᴋɪɴs

  • Who is/was Dr. Samuel J. Hawkins, and what facility was he with?
  • Why did Dr. Richter feel the need to confide in Dr. Hawkins, when Dr. Richter planned to practically wipe Lilian Grayson out of existence regardless of Dr. Hawkins' thoughts on the matter?

Lɪsᴛᴇɴɪɴɢ Fʀɪᴇɴᴅs ᴏғ Aᴍᴇʀɪᴄᴀ Lᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ

  • George Madson seems to be completely out of the picture now.
  • Jacob Nilson has been promoted to "Vice-President/Head of Darlington Operations".

"Tʜᴇ Oʜɪᴏ Fᴀʀᴍᴇʀ" Pᴀɢᴇ

  • This article points to JWJ possibly being from Ohio, as he speaks of growing up on a farm in his accompanying letter.


  • This is a gift from Lloyd McGowan for us helping in his exoneration.
  • Inspector Notes Database

    • File: JN023H
    • Password: JN023H5QT
    • Inspector: Jacob Nilson

      • LFoA Letter: It is quite clear the circumstances surrounding Mr. Madson's disappearance are quite mysterious indeed.
      • Faustus Print: Isn't it amazing the story of Dr. Faustus? A man who craves a solution to his demons, only to find new ones.
      • Ohio Farmer Article: Here is an interesting bit of history copied in one of those charming printing classes. How strange the advertisements are. Ohio seems a bit far from Darlington, but I suppose that depends on the scale of the map at which one looks.
      • McGowan's Airplane: Click here and start typing. Veritatis et quasi architecto beatae vitae dicta sunt explicabo nemo enim ipsam voluptatem quia voluptas sit aspernatur aut odit aut fugit sed quia consequuntur magni dolores eos qui ratione voluptatem sequi nesciunt.
      • Letter from Dr. Richter to Dr. Hawkins: Dr. Richter. I do believe reasons for his early retirement were never disclosed. He did seem like such a nice man.
      • Mr. James' Letter: Mr. James, eloquent as ever. But this is an odd turn, digging up old news. What does he mean to say?

"Cᴏɴᴄᴏʀᴅ Pᴏɪɴᴛ Lɪɢʜᴛʜᴏᴜsᴇ" Pᴏsᴛᴄᴀʀᴅ

  • The Concord Point Lighthouse was built in 1827 where the Susquehanna River meets the tidal flow of the Chesapeake Bay. It is one of the oldest lighthouses in continuous operation on the East Coast.

Jᴏʜɴ Wɪʟʟɪᴀᴍ Jᴀᴍᴇs Lᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ

  • The line "You are my Light, my star in the Night" is telling us to refer to the star chart from Episode 1.
  • If you repeat the line "You can act up the case, let hers dry" over and over aloud, it will start to sound different. From this, we can derive:

    • "You connect uppercase letters. Try."
    • This is a hint to connect the uppercase letters in the accompanying LFoA letter.

Lᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ ғʀᴏᴍ Hᴇᴀᴛʜᴇʀ ᴛᴏ JWJ

  • This letter is proof that JWJ used to have two-way correspondences in the pen pal program.

    • Why, exactly, were his rights to receive letters taken away?
    • What happened with Heather?
  • This letter had to have been written in 1994 or later.

    • The typeface is in Comic Sans font, which was released by Microsoft in 1994
    • Heather speaks of a mixtape
    • Heather uses the word "psych", which was frequently used in the 90's as a term meaning "not really/just kidding"
  • Was JWJ surreptitiously convincing Heather to commit a criminal/violent act?

  • How did she plan to "set [Allan] straight"?

  • Why the mention of water?

Lɪsᴛᴇɴɪɴɢ Fʀɪᴇɴᴅs ᴏғ Aᴍᴇʀɪᴄᴀ Lᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ

  • No sentence is capitalized. The only capital letters are sporadically spread throughout the letter in the middle of sentences.
  • When the uppercase letters are connected with a line (using the provided ruler and pencil) following the sequence of the words at the bottom of this letter, the pattern of Draco is made.

    • Draco is a constellation that can be found on the star chart from Episode 1.

Lɪsᴛᴇɴɪɴɢ Fʀɪᴇɴᴅs ᴏғ Aᴍᴇʀɪᴄᴀ Pᴇɴᴄɪʟ

  • The pencil is embossed with "...Listening Friends of America".
  • It was intended for us to sharpen and use to connect the uppercase letters found in the accompanying LFoA letter.

Nᴇᴡsᴘᴀᴘᴇʀ Cʟɪᴘᴘɪɴɢ

  • This article provides that Lloyd McGowan is now dead, having been poisoned with an insecticide.
  • It is undetermined whether Lloyd McGowan's death was accidental, suicide, or murder.

Pʜᴏᴛᴏᴄᴏᴘʏ ᴏғ Nᴇᴡsᴘᴀᴘᴇʀ Cʟɪᴘᴘɪɴɢs

  • Could Heather be the killer in this spree?
  • The victim in Dallas, TX was killed while his parents were out and had his tongue torn out.

    • In Heather's letter to JWJ, she mentions visiting Allan while his parents are out and setting him straight. He had lied to her about loving her.
    • Removal of the tongue is common revenge of someone spewing lies from their mouth.
  • JWJ could have manipulated Heather into murdering along the way to see him, just as he is trying to manipulate us into doing things for him.

  • If the murders occurred in the order of Dallas, TX → Millington, TN → Indian Head, MD → Concord Point, Havre de Grace, MD → Darlington, MD → Susquehanna State Park, Havre de Grace, MD, and Heather was the killer, she could have been on her way to see JWJ.
    See Figure 2

    • For some reason when she got there, she was possibly killed and could be the woman found in the mouth of the Susquehanna River, she killed a woman for some reason, or it's just a happy coincidence and is not related to the previous murders.
  • The killer obviously had at least some basic anatomical knowledge, having targeted the liver in each and every victim.

    • Could this Heather be the same Heather George Madson corresponded with in Lloyd McGowan's transfer file in Episode 2?
    • This could be possible if she was corresponding with JWJ between 1994 and 1997, made her way up to Darlington, MD to meet with JWJ, and decided to become a member of the staff to remain close to him.
    • This would explain her anatomical knowledge, assuming she was, indeed, the Head Nurse at the time of Lloyd McGowan's transfer.
  • Since the articles are not dated, Heather could be the body found in the Susquehanna River if she was killed after becoming Head Nurse at the Darlington, MD facility.

  • Inspector Notes Database

    • File: JN025D
    • Password: JN025D1RY
    • Inspector: Jacob Nilson

      • News Article Collection: These seem connected somehow. But perhaps the pattern is too drawn out.
      • Concord Point Postcard: What roads would lead to this tall structure?
      • Pencil: Well, doesn't this seem a bit off the mark.
      • LFoA Letter: I suppose there must be some reason it was written this way.
      • Mr. James' Letter: What an odd sounding sentence that is.
      • Old Letter from Heather to Mr. James: Wasn't it Heather who was the last to write back to Mr. James? Wasn't she the last allowed to write back at all?
      • Article About McGowan: Would you look at that. Mr. McGowan bought the farm.

Cʜɪʟᴅ's Cᴀʀᴅ

  • From Valerie Madson's first email to Jacob Nilson, it is revealed that Noah is George Madson's son.

    • Given his penmanship and the fact that Valerie doesn't know how to tell Noah of George's disappearance, it can be deduced that Noah is either pre-adolescent or a mentally handicapped person.

Cᴏᴅᴇᴅ Lᴏᴄᴋ

  • The combination to this lock is "413", taken from the bible verse 4:13 given on the accompanying funeral pamphlet.

Eᴍᴀɪʟ Pʀɪɴᴛᴏᴜᴛ

  • Why does Valerie remember exactly what she was wearing when she first met Jacob?

    • Is she possibly infatuated with him?
  • The first email is not dated, although the second is (March 4).

    • The second email specifies it was sent "12 days ago".
    • How much time passed between the first and second emails? Why no response from Jacob?
  • According to the first email, the police have been investigating the disappearance of George Madson. They have come up empty-handed so far.

    • This email suggests George may have been killed and the murderer was very thorough to cover their tracks as well as the body.
    • Valerie believes George was kidnapped against his will. She believes he was a good man, a family man.
    • Valerie believes the police are giving up.
  • According to the second email, Valerie had come upon possible proof that George had a side project pertaining to Listening Friends of America and the compound in Darlington.

    • What kind of side project was George working on? Does it have something to do with his disappearance?
    • What kind of documents had Valerie happened upon?
    • Did George stumble upon something proving that JWJ murdered Heather? Is that why JWJ killed George, and then had to silence George's wife when she made the discovery?
  • If one emails Valerie, a default vacation email is sent back stating she has gone on a "spiritual journey".

    • Did she discover something deeper about George's disappearance, the perpetrator found out, and chose to silence her as well?

Jᴏʜɴ Wɪʟʟɪᴀᴍ Jᴀᴍᴇs Lᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ

  • There is no space between "mistake)discover".

    • Is JWJ telling us to discover mistakes?
  • Is JWJ a sociopath or is he just referring to the learnings of a young child?

    • He mentions his mother teaching him the difference between difficulty and caring, pain and kindness...
  • Why is he referring to orchestral instruments and terminology?

    • horns in an orchestra
    • snare drum
    • timpani
    • mad conductor
    • pit
    • intermission
    • symphony
  • Why did JWJ capitalize "Fear" and "Anger"?

  • Perillos of Athens

    • Perillos was a bronze worker who designed a device called the Brazen Bull to be used to painfully execute criminals. The Brazen Bull was a hollow bull. Prisoners were locked inside and roasted to death by a fire underneath. The device was even designed to channel the screams of the burning prisoner out of its nose to sound like a bull. Perillos pitched his invention to Phalaris, a tyrant lord of Acragas in Sicily. After Perillos showed Phalaris the bull, the inventor was put inside and a fire was lit underneath him. History isn't clear about if Perillos was pulled out before dying, only to be thrown off a cliff by Phalaris' men, or if he expired within the bull. Either way, the bull did him in.
  • In the last section of the letter, the first line reveals the message "I KILLED HEATHER".

    • This is found by using the code taken from the bottom of the accompanying LFoA letter and highlighting the appropriate letters using the provided highlighter.
    • Does this mean Heather was the body in the heading-only article in the Xeroxed collection in Episode 5?

Lɪsᴛᴇɴɪɴɢ Fʀɪᴇɴᴅs ᴏғ Aᴍᴇʀɪᴄᴀ Lᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ

  • The key at the bottom of this letter is in reference to a code in the accompanying Friend letter.
  • The phrase "out of my hands" is hinting to look at the funeral pamphlet with the illustration of hands on it.

Mᴀʀʏʙᴇᴛʜ Aɴɴᴀ Jᴀᴍᴇs Mᴇᴍᴏʀɪᴀʟ Cᴀʀᴅ

  • Why does "Jacob" speak as if he knew JWJ's mother personally...?
  • The final psalm verse (4:13) is the combination for the accompanying lock.

    • Does "Thessolonians" translate loosely to "the solutions"?
  • This pamphlet suggests that JWJ's hometown may have been Cecil, Ohio.

Pᴏʀᴄᴇʟᴀɪɴ Pɪɢ

  • Considering the pig is blue, and Heather had an affinity for blue (obsession with water and letters always printed on blue paper), the pig is representative of Heather.

Sᴇᴄᴏɴᴅ Lᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ ғʀᴏᴍ Hᴇᴀᴛʜᴇʀ

  • "Jacob" uses the word "loose" when he should have used "lose".
  • Heather pretty much confesses in this letter that she killed the people in the news article collection from Episode 5.
  • She mentioned standing at the "first oblisk" (the Concord Point Lighthouse?).

    • Was there more than one obelisk in whatever she and JWJ had planned?
    • Why does she misspell "obelisk"?
  • Inspector Notes Database

    • File: JN027J
    • Password: JN027JJ4GN
    • Inspector: Jacob Nilson

      • LFoA Letter: That is a curious design in the footer. New stationary? Whatever it means, it is out of my hands.
      • Mr. James' Letter: What odd phrases Mr. James uses. There must be reasons for his word choice. But how many?
      • Another Old Letter from Heather: It appears Heather was quite attracted to Mr. James, though it seems she began to loose it at the end.
      • Funeral Pamphlet: Poor Mrs. James. She was such a wonderful, tormented soul. Those Psalms leave a number of impressions.
      • Lock: How does one open a lock without a combination?


  • The swirl designs on the face of the compass match the swirl design on the plane in the travel ad.
  • The compass is used in revealing a secret message located in JWJ's accompanying letter.

Tʜᴇ Dʀᴀɢᴏɴ Sᴡᴀɴ

  • This picture infers that the Dragon and the Swan are intertwined.

    • The Dragon represents JWJ's father asserting his control and overpowering JWJ's mother, the Swan.

Jᴏʜɴ Wɪʟʟɪᴀᴍ Jᴀᴍᴇs Lᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ

  • Why did JWJ misspell "cannot"?
  • This letter is very morbid.
  • When JWJ was a boy, his mother had told him she would watch over him from the stars after her passing.

    • Is this the reason for JWJ's obsession with constellations?
  • JWJ recalls leading a pet pig to the slaughter in his childhood.

    • This reveals he is willing to make sacrifices for the greater (his) good.
  • JWJ mentions longing to be in the stars, meaning dead.

    • Is he planning to commit suicide?
  • Once again, "X" marks the spot.

  • Place the compass over the "X.", making sure "North" is pointing in the direction indicated by the coordinate. Find the first number of the coordinate, and mark it. Using a ruler, measure the distance in millimeters (provided from the coordinate) from the "X". This will lead you to a letter. These letters will spell out a message.

    • "I will leave soon. Freed from Hades. I will never look back. I will not make the mistake of Orpheus. The time draws near."
  • This message alludes to JWJ either killing himself, or escaping Darlington facility and leaving it all behind.

Lɪsᴛᴇɴɪɴɢ Fʀɪᴇɴᴅs ᴏғ Aᴍᴇʀɪᴄᴀ Lᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ

  • This letter is not as upbeat as Jacob's other letters. It reeks of impending doom, as if Jacob has given up but wishes us to persevere.
  • The first letter of each word reveals a hidden message from Jacob.

    • "Please see my message. Read. I think my life is in danger. Madson was a step stone. Ergo I could be one."

Lɪsᴛ ᴏғ Cᴏᴏʀᴅɪɴᴀᴛᴇs

  • The coordinates are used on the accompanying JWJ letter to reveal a hidden message.

Mᴀʀʏʙᴇᴛʜ Aɴɴᴀ Jᴀᴍᴇs Mᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ Rᴇᴄᴏʀᴅs

  • Why were Marybeth's medications switched so often within a single year?
  • The included x-ray appears to be of Marybeth's dislocated shoulder.
  • Why did Marybeth sign her letters to Dr. Jenkins as Emmabee?
  • Who was the doctor on television Marybeth was wanting to see?


  • The photo depicts a woman in a bathtub.

    • Could this be Valerie?

Pᴏʀᴄᴇʟᴀɪɴ Pɪɢ

  • This porcelain pig is representative of Valerie Madson.

    • The color, pink, can be connected with the mention of Valerie's dress the night she met Jacob in the email printout received in Episode 6.
  • Did Valerie come to confront JWJ at Darlington and he killed her, or did he leave the facility and track her down?

Tʀᴀᴠᴇʟᴇʀ Aᴅs

  • Did JWJ have these before he got committed?

    • Did he plan to travel/flee?
    • Was he hanging on to this item as a reminder of his freedom?
    • Did this item belong to his mother, who never was allowed to travel anywhere because of her abusive husband?
    • Did he send it to us because he is finally giving up any hope of traveling anywhere ever again?
  • The swirl design on the plane in this ad matches the swirl designs on the face of the accompanying compass.

  • Inspector Notes Database

    • File: JN027A
    • Password: JN027A9RM
    • Inspector: Jacob Nilson

      • LFoA Letter: Perhaps someone is beginning to believe they are above their station.
      • Mr. James' Letter: Printed just so.
      • Compass: Such a lovely old compass. It has been in Mr. James' possession for some time, kept clean for a special occasion. It holds great symbolic value, to be sure, but it is such a practical device to find one's way.
      • Strange Note: Perhaps the numbers assist in an adventure. But if so, where is the map?
      • Mrs. James' Documents: Why indeed would Mr. James take so many pains to share his mother's history? What does he hope to share with his Dearest Friend?
      • Dragon Swan: Another hand-picked-and-printed design from Mr. James. What does it represent? or who? And from what does it rise?
      • Magazine Travel Ad: Who would want to hold onto this and why? It certainly is not new.

Jᴏʜɴ Wɪʟʟɪᴀᴍ Jᴀᴍᴇs Lᴇᴛᴛᴇʀ

  • The envelope is bloody!!!
  • The blood seeped through the letter. SO MUCH BLOOD!!! WHOSE BLOOD IS IT?!?

    • Is it Jacob Nilson's blood?
  • In this letter, JWJ reveals all of his victims:

    • George Madson
    • Lloyd McGowan
    • Heather Williams
    • Marybeth Anna James
    • Valerie Madson
  • JWJ tells us he is leaving Darlington and will be obtaining new "friends". He tells us he knows where to find us.

    • If we turn our backs on him and "betray" him, he will find and kill us, as he did the others.
  • In this letter, JWJ reveals to us that HE is the dragon swan.

Jᴏʜɴ Wɪʟʟɪᴀᴍ Jᴀᴍᴇs Pᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛ Fɪʟᴇ

  • JWJ's intake form reveals that he killed his mother and father, and probably set fire to the house.
  • JWJ pleaded insanity at trial and became a ward of the state.
  • JWJ was committed to the Darlington facility on 5/18/1992.

    • The same year LFoA was founded.
    • JWJ was one of the first inmates of the LFoA institution.
  • The janitor referenced in the third letter to George Madson is Aaron de Vaille.

    • According to the spotlight of Aaron de Vaille on the Listening Friends of America Facebook page, he was originally stationed at Darlington before being promoted to custodial manager in Colorado Springs, CO.
    • The writer of the letter suggests promoting him and transferring him.
    • What were he and JWJ communing about so secretly?
  • George Madson was very concerned with JWJ's behavior and Felix, the founder of Listening Friends of America, seemed to just be brushing it off.

  • Why would a personal letter from Valerie Madson be included in JWJ's patient file?

  • The copy of slips of paper at the end of the file can be used in conjunction with the provided Hunt a Killer printout wheel. The key is "ALWAYS".

    • Find the "A" on the outer wheel. Find the "C" of "CYGNUSDRACONIS" on the inner wheel. Then find the "E" of the gibberish line on the outer wheel. The letter under "E" on the inner wheel is "W".
    • Following this pattern, we get the message: "WE ARE ALL REBORN".
    • This is the password to the encrypted video file on the flash drive from the Listening Friends of America pen (all caps - no spaces).

Lɪʙʀᴀʀʏ Cᴀʀᴅs

  • Each book that JWJ checked out was never returned by him.

Lɪsᴛᴇɴɪɴɢ Fʀɪᴇɴᴅs ᴏғ Aᴍᴇʀɪᴄᴀ Pᴇɴ

  • There is a hidden flash drive at the top of the pen.

    • It contains an encrypted password-protected video file entitled: "Farewell".
    • The password can be discovered by deciphering the last page in JWJ's patient file.

Mᴇᴍᴏ ғʀᴏᴍ Fᴇʟɪx

  • This is a memo from Felix to George Madson in response to George's letters concerning JWJ.

    • It appears that Felix was not as concerned, accusing George of being paranoid, and wished to sweep the matter under the rug.

Pɪɢ Fɪɢᴜʀɪɴᴇ

  • This is a gold-plated pig. It is representative of JWJ's mother.