Case #0070107, statement of Amy Patel, regarding the alleged disappearance of her acquaintance Graham Folger.
Statement Summary Edit
Amy Patel met Graham Folger in September 2005 when they both started Criminology course at Birkbeck University, which Amy did in her spare time. Graham was a smoker, some 10 years older than Amy with a round open face and deep blue eyes and there were rumours he'd studied at Oxford. His parents, Desmond and Samantha, died in a car crash on the M1 near Sheffield on 4th August 2001, leaving him an inheritance and their flat. He could be found scribbling frantically in notebooks during lectures, even in lectures where there was little content to write.
Towards the end of the year, Amy found herself on the same bus home as Graham; he was staring out of window, wiping condensation from window immediately whilst intently scanning the street, looking nervous. They both got off at the same stop and walked home.
During the walk Amy fell, or was pushed, into the road, resulting in a concussion. She went to Graham's flat to recover and found he lived just across the street, opposite her flat.
Graham's flat was large and lined with bookcases with numerous identical notebooks on them. Seeing window box hooks on the window, she asked him what he grew in his window box but discovered he didn't have one and didn't see the hooks a second time.
She became partially hypnotised by an ornate wooden table with an intricate carving on it, with snaking lines weaving towards the centre, where there was a small square hole. Graham didn't know or have what was supposed to go in the hole. After a short while, Amy left because the table unsettled her and the pipes outside were making a weird noise.
A few days later she looked into Graham's flat and started to watch him regularly, finding it weirdly compelling. He would reorder his journals randomly, write in completed books, and even ate an entire notebook that he'd written in. He was constantly on edge, jumping at any loud noise outside and spent a lot of time staring at the table. He regularly went out but whenever he was in the flat he would spend his time doing nothing.
Amy left the course due to work commitments and on 7th April 2006 came home at 10:30pm and went to Graham-watch. The light was on and she saw something, which at first she assumed to be a water pipe, clamber, on multi-jointed limbs, into Graham's window. The light in the flat immediately went out. She anonymously phoned the police, who arrived 10 minutes later. The person who answered the door was wearing Graham's clothes but was not actually Graham: he was short, with long curly blond hair and a square face. He and the police searched the apartment for this 'intruder' and one of the officers checked Graham's passport, seemingly agreeing it was him. After they left, Not-Graham looked out of his window straight at Amy, grinned, then closed the curtain.
Over the next few days, Not-Graham threw out all the notebooks and redecorated. The only time he opened the curtains was to stare out at Amy, who had done some research and found that all pictures of Graham had been replaced with this Not-Graham.
One morning, whilst going to work, Not-Graham caught up with her and said, "Isn't it funny, Amy, how you can live so near and never notice? I'll need to return the visit someday." She moved out shortly afterwards.
Post-Statement Follow-Up Edit
Tim's research found Amy's medical notes, which showed Amy didn't suffer from any long term effects following the concussion.
All of the photos that the researchers could find of Graham were of this Not-Graham, except a few Polaroids from the late 80s, which do not match the later photos.
Sasha offered Amy a follow-up interview, which she declined even after being informed that one of Graham's notebooks had apparently been found, though the contents of it were the same phrase repeated over and over again: "Keep Watching."
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This article contains information from later episodes of The Magnus Archives, and may contain major spoilers for the setting and plot.
- Not-Graham is the first appearance in the series of the NotThem.
- The table Amy examines in Graham's flat is the same one that is delivered to the Institute in MAG 35, bringing the NotThem. Jon destroys it in MAG 78. It also appears in Raymond Fielding's office in MAG 59, and the box that fills the hole that Amy Patel notices is the box Ivo Lensik discovers in MAG 8.
- The NotThem is later confirmed to be a part of The Stranger - The table, part of The Web, had been trapping the NotThem until Jon released it by mistake.