"When Miss Faith Patricia Ebonson died on the on the 26th of June 1991, aged 94, it fell to me, as her solicitor, to be the executor of her estate.
I had not known Miss Ebonson very well at the time of her death, for she became a client of the legal practice I work for, twenty six years before I became a partner. I did know, however, that she had never married and that she lived alone as a virtual recluse for the majority of her life in the small Suffolk village of Thetford. She had few, if any friends, and no living relatives.
After her death and the discovery I made at her house, I learnt more of this woman and her past.
In her youth she had been a member of an adventurous writers group during and after the First World War. She had also travelled around much of Europe by this point, thanks to the generosity of her very wealthy parents.
Then in 1921, while in Cornwall, Miss Ebonson became involved in one of the most puzzling and mysterious of the time, the Witworth Affair.
This incident cost the lives of over eight people, Miss Ebonson her sanity and has to this day remained unsolved.
After that summer Miss Ebonson was committed into the care of the Berkley Asylum in Summerset where she remained until October 1953 when she was considered capable of rendering society.
It seems however that her personality had changed vastly over the time that she had been in the asylums care. Former friends and even her own family found it difficult to relate to her and within a few short years it appears that both friends and family lost contact with her.
Three years after her release Miss Ebonson traveled to the Balkans and too much of Western Europe. From there she also traveled to Egypt in 1959 but was forced to return home because of ill health.
Her brother, her last living relative, died in 1962 and Miss Ebonson inherited a comfortable amount of money which was able to sustain her until her death.
After 1959 she took up residence in Suffolk living the life of a recluse, almost never venturing outside and admitting few visitors.
She died alone and her death was not discovered for some three weeks.
As the executor of her estate it was my task to remove her possessions from her home in Thetford in Suffolk. While I was shifting some of her papers, quite by accident, I discovered an untyped manuscript. After I had read it, and had done some investigation on the summer of 1921, I decided to turn the document, after first making a photocopy, over to the police.
Five weeks later a children's school camp in the region of Little Tor in the Goonhilly Downs, south Cornwall, was closed by the police, and according to some sources, military units as well.
Several large explosions were heard by residences of the area over the next three days, promoting intense media coverage and much speculation by the general public.
The area to this day, three years after the event, remains a restricted zone with a high wire electric fence around the base of Little Tor.
Politicians seem to know little of these about these activities and seem reluctant to probe more deeply into this affair. Spokes people for both the police and the army also remain silent on the issue.
Requests for the return of the document I had found were firstly refused and later when I began to apply legal pressure I was informed that it had been taken into the custody of the State and I was not permitted to reposes it.
After much discussion with my colleagues and representatives of the publishing firm Stone and Rice, it was decide that the photocopied pages of Miss Ebonson's manuscript would be published.
The name Faith's Tale was chosen for a title, as the manuscript was an account by Miss Ebonson of the, as she claims, true events of The Witworth Mystery of 1921.
I and my colleagues found the story that unfolds is so remarkable that it was felt that such a tale should not go untold.
To this day am I unsure whether the manuscript that I discovered in the late Miss Ebonsons house was written with the intension that it should ever be read.
There can be little doubt that she was not in a stable state of mind after the mental illness she suffered in 1921 and though she had improved considerably by the time of her release in 1953 it would not be untrue to say that Miss Ebonson remained mentally imbalanced to the end of her life.
Some who have read these pages have responded by saying that the manuscript written by Miss Ebonson is merely the deluded ramblings of a madwoman. Too many this may well be the initial response however if certain other facts are taken into account a chance exists that the reader may indeed conclude at least some truth from the pen of Miss Faith Ebonson. Such facts that should be borne in mind while reading this narrative include the singular lack of a rational explanation as to the
Cause of death of a number of people who died in the Witworth mystery as well as the testimony of the servants of Witworth Hall and other observers of those few horrific days 74 years ago.
I believe, though many who have read this do not agree, that there is a direct connection between the government’s actions in the Gonnbilly Downs and the document written by Miss Ebonson that I gave to the authorities.
If such a connection does exist human perception of the world as we know it must surely change and in doing so tear open a rift into the unknown and into fear.
Adam Colright. BA LLB
Note on the Text
In a number of places in the original handwritten manuscript words or indeed entire sentences have been obliterated. In other parts of the text certain words or phases are unreadable , in part due to the photocopied nature of the pages the Editors worked from , and do not appear to make sense.
A decision was made to reproduce the manuscript of Miss Ebonson as it was discovered. As a result certain parts of what follows have editorial inserts explaining the state of the original document.
All efforts have been made to ensure that Faith's Tale is as accurate as possible.