"A lunatic named Avery Block went up to the 13th floor of the Wessex Hotel with a bunch of his
friends. He took a fire axe off the wall and started swinging at everybody in sight! By the time the police got
there he had already slaughtered 16 people."
story to Detective Sargeant Madden
|While the "Hotel Body
Count" section list only reflects murders that have occured while Elaine has been staying at the
hotel, the Avery Block murders accounted for the original 16 murders. This gives a total count of murdered
patrons at at least 33. Assuming Abraham, Mr. Rogas and Dr. Lanier perished in the blaze, the hotel death count
reaches a staggering 36.|
|The Daily Tribune:|
This only lists the feature on Avery Block. For information about headlines from this and other issues, please refer to the Walkthrough/Analysis.
Friday, September 14, 1900
Mass Murderer Hacks 16 People to Death at Wessex Hotel
Avery Block, member of a satanic cult, walked calmly into the Wessex Hotel this morning took a fire axe from the wall and proceeded to hack to death 16 people seemingly at random. The investigating detective Daniel Bergin said "it was the
worst and bloodiest carnage he had ever witnessed." There were headless bodies and mutilated corpses all thru the hotel. Avery Block is still at large.
An immediate investigation...
The first paragraph resides to the right of Avery Block's picture, at the very top of the page. The second paragraph is the start of the first-most column. It is for the most part illegible, but more than likely contains a rather detailed an vivid account of the incident. If anybody knows where I may acquire a prop copy of this newspaper, please let me know, as I would gladly pay for a copy.