a reply to: 3n19m470
"Astounding... But if the two suitors kept it secret, how are we hearing this story now and how are we sure it was that maid from the story? "
Here is the story in more detail:
HAUNTED HISTORY - RATHFARNHAM CASTLE
According to this, she was entombed in the wall in a ball gown - with her hands tied. I suspect the "dueling boyfriends" was just a cover story,
and/or only partially told. I've never heard of tying up and entombing someone by people who both (potentially) love her.
Entombing someone inside a stone wall is more a murderous act of rage/revenge. Was one of the boyfriends actually a husband, who caught her - during
the ball - in bed with the other man? Did she get tipsy and tell a married aristocrat at the ball that she was pregnant with his child? Did she
threaten to unleash "secrets" of that wealthy family, who jealously guarded their reputation and social standing? Was she only invited to that ball
for this murderous plot to unfold? (I don't see how the hole in the wall - with stones and mortar waiting - just "happened" to be ready when she
showed up for a ball.)
In the UK/Ireland, his type of death (immurement) would appeal to people of the top social classes, since a troublesome person simply disappears, and
they can then throw off suspicion while speculating with everyone else on where she went, where relatives live, running off with a strange new
boyfriend, etc. As a Crime of Passion, it would appeal to spurned lovers/spouses relishing a slow death of starvation as revenge for her adultry.
Given that this castle was also home to men who were involved in the debauchery of the Hellfire Club - including Philip Wharton, the Rake of
Rathfarnham - there were probably plenty of men around that time who could be suspects. (Briefly described in the Yahoo article in my OP, here is a
more detailed article
RAKE OF RATHFARNHAM CASTLE - PHILIP WHARTON
"Philip was once a house guest of the Duke of Lyria in Madrid, who described Philip as having “neither faith, principles, honour, or religion –
lied in every word, was cowardly, indiscreet, and a drunkard, possessed of all the vices. His only good quality being an admirable fawning
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