To the offices of Strange Tales Magazine regarding case no. 748: The Mayfly Bride: Update.
A second toy has been found, along with another poem, in the trunk of a Lord Earnest William Darling of the Denbighshire Darlings from the late 1800’s. Lord Darling is on record with a brief, one year marriage, to a Lumia Fair, resulting in a daughter, named Elisabeth Fair Darling. The church records also indicate the mother’s burial soon after the birth. The daughter’s marriage, at nineteen, is recorded in the family bible. The groom is a Kieran Mac Dhuibh.
Inquiries are continuing of all named persons, in both the church and community records, but this takes some time. The lady of the house has become personally involved, and is now searching the household papers.
There is no doubt that the second set of dolls was made by the same hand. We are wondering if they could be made by the child, Elisabeth, which is a disturbing thought. I have photographed the toys in the bird’s nest it was found in, all wrapped in cloth. (Possibly a swaddling cloth.)
The color of the green fabric is much brighter than the previous nursery toy, possibly due to the protection of the trunk. There is little staining, despite the organic nature of the nest. The less said of the adult doll, the better. It took some effort to lay it flat.
The poem found curled up under the dolls is brief, disturbing, and offers no additional insights.
My Mayfly Bride
Curled-up and Dried
Having a name and an era should help our inquiries. There is also a lead on a former housekeeper that may provide us a better direction for our search. I will send updates as I can.
For additional information, see:
Case no. 748: The Mayfly Bride (part one)
Case no. 748: The Mayfly Bride: Second Update (6/25/17)