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The Devil's Rooming House by M. William Phelps
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Mar 01, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012-reads, non-fiction, serial-killers, reviewed
Read from May 10 to 15, 2012

Scenario: It's 1913. You are 88 years old with no family to look after you. You are in need of a place to live so you check yourself into the Archer Home for Elderly People and Chronic Invalids. You meet the proprietor, Sister Amy and after a brief tour of the home, you decide that it will be a nice place to spend the rest of your life. You sign one of Sister Amy's life contracts, basically giving her $1,000 dollars to care for you until the end of your days. Things seem to be working out well. Then, 2 weeks later, you start to get a nagging cough. Sister Amy decides that you need a special meal to help you get better. You eat a nice dinner cooked especially for you by Amy herself and sit down to enjoy it. After retiring to your room that night, you awake a few hours later with horrendous pains in your stomach. Then you start vomiting profusely all over yourself. Another resident quickly fetches Sister Amy who sits by your side as these pains come and go. She claims that you have eaten too much food at dinner and that a glass of lemonade would make you feel better. And at first it does. The burning in your throat has subsided somewhat and you are able to catch a few deep breaths of air. Sister Amy checks on you throughout the day, always bringing a fresh glass of lemonade. But that evening, things take a turn for the worse. You can't take a deep breath, you can't get comfortable. You are sure that you are dying. And late that night, you do. Within the hour, the undertaker arrives and your body is taken away and embalmed by the next morning. By the next day, a new resident has been moved to your former bed, signing a life contract with the wonderful Sister Amy. And so they go, one after another.
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