|Location||New York City|
What you know about your friend, Jackson Elias Edit
Jackson Elias is 38, of medium height and build, and dark-complexioned. He has a feisty, friendly air about him and, as an orphan in Stratford, Connecticut, he learned to make his own way early in life. He has no living relatives, and no permanent address. You like him, and value his friendship, even though months and sometimes years separate one meeting from the next. You'd be upset and probably crave vengeance if anything happened to your friend. The world is better for having Jackson Elias in it. His writings characterize and analyze death cults. His best-known book is Sons of Death, exposing modern-day Thuggees in India. He speaks several languages fluently and is constantly traveling. He is social, and enjoys an occasional drink. He smokes a pipe. Elias is tough, stable, punctual and unafraid of brawls or officials. He is mostly self-educated. His well-researched works always seem to reflect first-hand experience. He is secretive and never discusses a project until he has a final draft in hand. All of his books illustrate how cults manipulate the fears of their followers. A skeptic, Elias has never found proof of supernatural powers, magic or dark gods. Insanity and feelings of inadequacy characterize death cultists, feelings for which they compensate by slaughtering innocents to make themselves feel powerful or chosen. Cults draw the weak-minded, though cult leaders are usually clever and manipulative. Then fear of a cult stops, the cult vanishes.
Published Books Edit
Skulls Along the River (1910) - exposes a headhunter cult in the Amazon Basin.
Masters of the Black Arts (1912) - surveys supposed sorcerous cults throughout history.
The Way of Terror (1913) - analyzes systematization of fear through cult organization;warmly reviewed by George Sorel.
The Smoking Heart (1915) - first half discusses historical Mayan death cults. Second half instances present-day Central American death cults.
Sons of Death (1918) - modern-day Thuggees; Elias infiltrated the cult and wrote a book about it.
Witch Cults of England (1920) - summarizes covens in nine English counties; interviews practicing English witches; Rebecca West thought some of the material was trivial and overworked.
The Black Power (1921) - expands upon The Way of Terror; includes interviews with several anonymous cult leaders.
The Death of Jackson Elias Edit
Elias had summoned you all to a meeting at the Chelsea Hotel. On the phone call, he sounded uncharacteristically stressed and nervous. He didn't show to the meeting, despite a reputation for punctuality.
The team went to his room, Room 410, to discover he had been brutally murdered in a ritualistic fashion by three unknown men. There was a fight in which two of the murderers escaped.