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  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
  • Language:English
  • Pages:796
  • Format:Hardcover
  • Hardcover ISBN:9781667817569

Ghost Stories

The Case of Six Speluncean Explorers

by William Stricklin

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Overview
Mary Eliska Girl Detective The Case of Six Speluncean Explorers Mary Eliska Girl Detective - Book 72 Stave 1: The Case of Six Speluncean Explorers – Really Not a Ghost Story Stave 2: True Ghost Stories Stave 3: True Irish Ghost Stories Stave 4: True Scottish Ghost Stories Stave 5: Twenty-five Ghost Stories Stave 6: Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Stave 7: Ghost Stories of Rudyard Kipling Stave 8: Ghost Stories of H. G. Wells Stave 9: Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens Stave 10: A Christmas Carol by C. Dickens December 1994 the five Allen orphans, Cleo, Philip, Jimmy, Penny and Marjorie, (all preadolescent except Cleo who was just eight years old) inherited a Lodge at Vallon-Pont-d'Arc (Ardeche, France), which they intended to operate as a hotel from which guests might go into the nearby cave to see 300 paleolithical paintings and engravings (dating 18,000 - 20,000 years before present time that recently were discovered. The five saw a warning message at the village post office, however, that on January 13, 1995, the Prefect of Ardeche was to sign an order prohibiting access to the cave. Philip, Jimmy, Penny and Marjorie decided to beat the deadline before Christmas Day to see paintings and little Cleo asked to tag along. Science Teacher Paleontologist Roger Whetmore offered to join them and to guide them in the cave. Inside the cave in early December after seeing all the 300 paintings and engravings the clumsy overweight teacher caused a landslide that blocked the narrow passage, leaving only enough room for 8-year-old tiny Cleo to escape if she exhaled all the air in her chest and wriggled through the debris. The five trapped inside soon found themselves in real danger which led to horrific adventure. After describing the situation to physicians, they are told it is unlikely that they will survive another 10 days without food and water. The teacher asked if any would survive if they killed and ate one of their number. Reluctantly, the physicians answered "yes."
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December 1994 the five Allen orphans, Cleo, Philip, Jimmy, Penny and Marjorie, (all preadolescent except Cleo who was just eight years old) inherited a Lodge at Vallon-Pont-d'Arc (Ardeche, France), which they intended to operate as a hotel from which guests might go into the nearby cave to see 300 paleolithical paintings and engravings (dating 18,000 - 20,000 years before present time that recently were discovered. The five saw a warning message at the village post office, however, that on January 13, 1995, the Prefect of Ardeche was to sign an order prohibiting access to the cave. Philip, Jimmy, Penny and Marjorie decided to beat the deadline before Christmas Day to see paintings and little Cleo asked to tag along. Science Teacher Paleontologist Roger Whetmore offered to join them and to guide them in the cave. Inside the cave in early December after seeing all the 300 paintings and engravings the clumsy overweight teacher caused a landslide that blocked the narrow passage, leaving only enough room for 8-year-old tiny Cleo to escape if she exhaled all the air in her chest and wriggled through the debris. The five trapped inside soon found themselves in real danger which led to the following harrowing, horrific adventure. From the transcript of the testimony of the four orphans who were convicted and from further quiet talks with eight-year-old Cleo, Mary Eliska Girl Detective reconstructed what transpired in the cave to complete her final report: The entire group of cave explorers became trapped by the landslide caused by the clumsy teacher. After consuming all the food and water they took with them from the Lodge, and approaching starvation after weeks, on January 13, 1995, at last Phillip made first radio contact with the Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, Ardeche, France, village rescue team that had been heavily drinking and celebrating the Christmas and New Year holidays. With slurred voices due to their heavy drinking, the team said that starting January 13, 1995, the rescue team was not permitted to go inside the cave. It would take time, perhaps six weeks to submit paperwork in order to get approval from Paris. Engineers on the rescue team estimated that, even if they were to violate the new law, rescue will take a further ten days. After describing the situation to physicians, they are told it is unlikely that they will survive another 10 days without food and water. Tiny Cleo, who was nearly skin and bones from starvation, was able to squeeze all the air out of her lungs to collapse her chest and then to wriggle through the tiny opening left by the landslide, thereby escaping to freedom outside the cave. From inside the cave the science teacher asked physicians if any of those inside the cave would survive if they killed and ate one of their number. The physicians advised, reluctantly, that, yes, they would. When the teacher asked if the six should throw dice to select whom to kill and eat, no one on the rescue team was willing to give advice. There is not a happy ending. Readers faint of heart should stop reading at this point and turn the page to read the ghost stories. Phillip's battery was dead; his radio was turned off; the teacher took two red dice from his pocket, and of the five speluncean explorers still inside the cave, it was the science teacher who first recommended that the person to be killed and eaten by the others was to be chosen by throwing his red dice. All agreed the low total number would be "loser." Then each of the five inside took turns tossing the dice. The loser was the teacher who had changed his mind when he feared he might lose, and after losing was shot by Phil then beaten on the head with rocks by the other four Allen children, killed, then eaten. When rescued the four were handcuffed, treated for malnutrition and shock, then indicted for murder. Eight-year-old Cleo was required to witness the execution of her four siblings who had eaten the science teacher while trapped inside the cave.
About the author
Bill Stricklin is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar who earned his AB with honors at the University of California, Berkeley, followed by a doctor of laws JD degree at Harvard Law School and cloak-and-dagger training at the US Army Fort Holabird Counterintelligence School for Cold War spy-craft. Military Training and Service • Life Member of "Military Order of World Wars", • Bill received training initially at Ft. Lewis; basic infantry training, Ft. Benning, Georgia; followed by Fort Holabird, Counterintelligence Corps training for US Army service at Ft. McNair and in the Pentagon • Honorable Discharge two years active service (wartime); and four years US Army Reserve Professional License History • State Bar of California 036559 Active 1964-2021 • Hawai'i State Bar Association JD0962 Active 1970-2021 • Washington State Bar Association Attorney 10456 Active 1969-2021 Courts Admitted to Practice • Supreme Court of the United States 1964-2021 • United States Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit • United States Tax Court 1964-2021 • United States District Court for the Northern District of California 1964-2021 • United States District Court, District of Hawai'i • Supreme Court of State of California 1970-2021 • Supreme Court of Hawai'i 1970-2021 • Washington Supreme Court (Rule 18 reciprocity in 26 states) 1969-2021 Bar Affiliations, Activities and Memberships • Hawai'i Bar's Model Rules Committee, rules of lawyers' conduct • Hawai'i Bar's Government Lawyers Section • Hawai'i Bar's Litigation Section • Hawai'i Bar's Natural Resources Section • Founding Charter Member Washington State Bar Association Civil Rights Section. Active Member of Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) 162968 • Environmental Law Section of BASF • Conference of Delegates Committee of the BASF • Ethics Committee of BASF • Member Race and Ethnicity Committee of BASF • Member of Disability Rights Committee of BASF Honors Philanthropic Affiliations and Awards • Order of Golden Bear to promote statewide unity of University of California campuses • Chair, University of California Alumni Association, Washington DC 1960-61 • Listed in National Trust for Historic Preservation Directory of Historic Preservation Lawyers • Chair, Hawai'i Advisory Committee, American Arbitration Assn 1975 to 1985 • Master Mason 3° Berkeley 363 Blue Lodge 1959 • Scottish Rite 32° Mason Oakland Temple 1959 • Hawai'i Shriners Temple 1968 • Hawai'i Shriners Hospital Clown Corps • Hawai'i Opera Theater Board of Trustees • Hawai'i Ballet Board of Trustees • National Board of Trustees, American Arbitration Assn, New York, 1990-1994 • Santa Barbara Board Trustees, Planned Giving Chair, American Red Cross 1998-2000 • Member Santa Barbara Board of Trustees, Catholic Charities, 1998-2000 • Member Santa Barbara Board of Trustees, Cottage Hospitals, 1998-2000 • Elected Member of Montecito Santa Barbara All Saints by the Sea Episcopal Church Board, 2000-2002 • Hawai'i's "Mediator of the Year" 1989 American Arbitration Association • Robinson Cox Visiting Fellow, Law School, University of WA (Perth) 1989 to 1990, teaching dispute resolution to the Law Society and students • Facilitated the Australian Minister of Land's return of land the size of Rhode Island called Silver Plains Station Queensland to the traditional owners, Lama Lama Peoples • Charter Member Founding Secretary, Hawai'i Lambda Alpha (Land Economics Honor Society) • Confrere Order of Knights of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to help serve medical needs of children of all faiths caught up in the wars of the Middle East

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