Conspiracy Theories: Story Excerpt 1
As he left for a visit to his outlying districts, the jealous baron warned his pretty baroness: “Do not leave the castle while I am gone, or something unfortunate will happen to you!” But as the hours passed, the young baroness grew lonely, and despite her husband’s warning, she decided to visit her secret lover, who lived in the countryside nearby.
The castle was situated on an island in a wide, fast-flowing river. A drawbridge linked the island to the mainland at the narrowest point in the river. “Surely my husband will not return before me,” she thought, and ordered the servant to lower the drawbridge and leave it down until she returned. After spending several pleasant hours with her lover the baroness returned to the drawbridge.
Fearing for her life, the bareness returned to her lover and asked him for help to escape elsewhere. “Our relationship is only a physical one,” he said. – “I will not help.” The bareness then sought out a boatman on the river, explained her plight to him and asked him to take her across the river in his boat. “I will do it but only if you can pay the fee of five marks.” “But I have no money with me!” the baroness protested. “That is too bad. No money, no, ride,” the boatmen said flatly. Her fear growing, the baroness ran crying to the home of a friend and, after explaining her desperate situation begged for enough money to pay the boatman his fee. “If you had not disobeyed your husband this would not have happened,” the friend said. “Today is the day of religious observation, and it commands that I cannot lend money to anyone; hence, I will give you no money.”
With dawn approaching and her last resource exhausted, the baroness returned to the bridge in desperation, and waited to cross to the castle, and was approached by the gateman. “I understand the great deal of time you’ve waited for me in the past,” claims the baroness. “If you let me through to the castle, I shall forever be yours.” Without second doubts, the gateman withdrew a dagger and dug it into the baroness’ chest. “I’m sorry, young baroness,” he exclaimed.
This is the first C.T. story, so now think about:
Who is responsible? At first it may seem to be the gateman… but dig deeper.
Whatever your theory is, you need to state who you think was guilty of the baroness’ death. Was it anyone? Was it… whispers: no one ? Was it MORE than one person? You can assume anything you like AS LONG AS it is not mentioned in the story.
Waiting to hear your awesome theories.