Bear Brook with Willow, early pm. More cloudy than not - still a fine November day, leaves gone, lots of visibility, quite a few hikers, bikers, even hunters. The first place I went to park was occupied by three hunters, 2 cars. Then went to Hayes Field. Had map & compass but did not need it. W’s friendly exuberance was too much at times, jumping on strangers, chasing them on bikes. Finally, a leash.
I had the Bear Brook murder podcast on my mind as a work colleague and I are going to do some sleuthing, probably Veteran’s Day. I’ve seen the path leading to where the barrels were found. Today, I drove on River Road again, by the first gate to the cemetery but turning in at the second. So many graves to behold but there was a woman weed wacking around a few closeby. I asked her if she knew where I might look. She pointed where to go, "the grave
with the four Teddy Bears". I would not have cared to row-by-row search for the sake of “virgin discovery". I found the one stone, mentioning only mother and child, found in November, 1985. On top, only under a small stone, was a note
naming the four victims by first name, signed by a sister of one.