Statement Begins Edit
Dr Algernon Moss believes that Maxwell Raynor is in control of some sort of witchcraft which robbed Algernon of his sight. He explains that Maxwell is an antiquities dealer and is involved in the social circles in Cambridge. He is keenly interested in the lost expedition of John Franklin, keen to start his own expedition to find out what happened to the former. He is led around by a young Arabian boy, although Algernon doesn't believe he is required.
At an auction, Algernon outbid Maxwell for an oilskin packet of documents, supposedly from John Franklin's lost ship, the HMS Terror. Afterwards, Maxwell sharply demanded access to the documents, to which Algernon refused. Maxwell said to him "Pray the Sandman only brings you sleep" which unsettled Algie.
Algie's father was an extremely strict man who scared his son. Algernon was sent to board at Repton School in Manchester, which he hated for being so outdated.
At his boarding school he was friendly with George Denman who had tattooed 'Fly 1835' on his arm, after his nickname from the masters of the school. One evening, George showed Algernon a book he received on holiday: 'Die Nachstücke', which contained many ghoulish stories. The first story was 'Der Sandmann,' which portrayed him as a tall, thin man:
"He comes to children who don't go to bed, and throws his sand all into their eyes, and they start to bleed. He takes those fallen eyes up in his bag and carries them up into the crescent moon, to his nest, where his own children feast upon them. They have crooked beaks, like owls, all the better to pick the eyes of naughty human children."This still unsettles Algernon.
Because of this, Algernon was terrified of The Sandman and he fled Maxwell. That night, the Sandman came to visit Algernon. Black sand slid out of his mouth, and wherever it touched, it warped the world around it until nothing was left. The darkness surrounding him was oppressive and pressed against him everywhere except his eyes. Algernon reached forward into the Sandman's pouch, took some sand, and rubbed it into his own eyes. This managed to get him out of the Sandman's pouch, albeit at the cost of his sight.
Algernon's statement ends with him asking how he could enact revenge.
Post-Statement Follow-Up Edit
Martin is wiped out after recording the statement. He notes that Jon has mentioned Maxwell Raynor in other statements, although he can't remember where.
Melanie presents Elias with a black coffee. Elias asks her to drink it, revealing that he knows that she poisoned it. He explains that he doesn't know everything, and says that he is trying to help his colleagues, not harm them. Elias explains that this is Melanie's first warning, and he will have to escalate things if she tries to kill him again.