Bethany was a friend to many. She spent many hours diligently working on her records of ancient history and traveled extensively to discover artifacts or record a local tale. She had grown distant from many of her friends over the last five years due to her work, but took an annual vacation to reminisce with old companions.
The body of Bethany Fickling was discovered by local resident Betty Bersinger, who was walking with her three-year-old daughter. Bethany’s severely mutilated body had been drained of blood; her face was slashed from the corners of her mouth toward her ears called the Glasgow smile. The body had been washed clean yet a Crimson Dahlia was found crushed in her left hand.
There were marks on her ankles and wrists, consistent with being tied either spreadeagled or hung upside down. Although the skull was not fractured, Fickling had bruising on the front and right side of her scalp consistent with blows to the head. The cause of death was blood loss from the lacerations to the face.