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Bluestone Maenad

Although widely regarded as an urban legend, the disturbing psychological ruination of Sylvia ______ was all too real. Many dramatizations of the story, including the popular movie, ‘The Devil Made Me Do It’, include drastic variations of the story and portray Sylvia murdering people and resorting to cannibalism in her eating frenzy. There is little to no proof of either.

The only facts of the story that are known are that Sylvia ——- was left to house sit for her aunt and uncle and became the first ever case of a mental disorder known as Maenad Bulimia (see separate entry). Her psychological reports remain sealed to the general public to this day but it is rumoured that she is still alive and is living in the mental ward on Miller’s Landing called ‘Mercurial’.

Her aunt released a statement a decade after the events where she confessed that it did seem that Sylvia had eaten kittens but was unclear over whether they were cooked or raw. Most of the rumours associated her story, always referred to as The Bluestone Maenad, are overblown or imaginary. The name was given to her because she attended Bluestone Academy on scholarship and amongst her many delusions during her psychotic break, she became convinced that she was a Maenad and that her feeding frenzy was as a result of her worship of Bacchus, an old earth god of wine and lord of the wild women who were called ‘maenads’.

Bluestone Academy eschews any connection between it and its former pupil, though it admits a Sylvia, last name withheld, did earn a scholarship to the Academy.

Virginia Carraway.

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