Delta Green-Lost in the Dark Operation Phantom Plague

From Karriviki

Date: 21.4.1997

Agents and Friedlies:

  • Julius Estéban (Agent Robert)
  • Martin Mills
  • Timothy Smith

Case Details

Who?

Local contacts:

  • Edric Ragnvaldsson
    • Local pastor
  • Shikoba Isi
    • Native American elder

What?

When?

21.4.1997

Where?

Antonburg, Nebraska

Why?

Operation Log

  • Timothy Smith had done statistical analysis on the death rates and other indicators in different cities and areas within the USA
  • The town of Antonburg in Nebraska had risen up as an outlier
    • It's rates of illness and death were significantly higher than on similar areas
  • The town seemed to be doing rather well
    • The cases of sickness and death were concentrated on a trailer park at the edge of the town
      • The indicators were poor even for such a desolate place
  • Speaking with the locals gave no clue on the reasons behind the deaths
  • A local pastor filled with enthusiasm was arranging for food distribution to the poorest residents of the trailer park
    • No signs of spoiling of the food
  • Visit to the trailer park found little more
    • General apathy of the residents
    • Air, water and soil samples
  • Some of the group spent a night in the trailer park as an experiment
    • Signs of mental dullness and lack of concentration were detected already after this short stay
    • This gave new spirit to our research
  • No theory seemed to help with the cause for the apathy
  • Researching the history of the region showed that the area had been considered sacred by the local native tribes
    • Questioning the native Americans at the closest reservation about their mythology did not help
  • In the evening we received a call from pastor Ragnvaldsson
    • He sounded distressed and asked for us
  • When we met at the church, he told that he had been attacked by oddly aggressively behaving dogs

Debriefing

Result of operation:

Causes for success/failure:

Lessons learned:

Improvements (processes, intelligence, resources):

Leads and loose ends:

Attachments

Operation Phantom Plague 1 Report by Agent Robert (In Finnish)

Discussion

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