The Worm Has Turned

Wouldn’t it be nice if the City of Lake Mills would have treated you better? And not only the city, but all of Lake Mills’ past and present residents? Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone interested in this mystery would treat everyone with respect? I wish you the best of luck and pray that someday the mystery will be solved!

Someone left the above comment at my website this evening (December 26, 2011).

I thanked them for the comment, and responded with a comment of my own which said,

Ever since I first learned of Addie Hoyt Fargo, all I wanted to do was to get to the bottom of this amazing story, and figure out what happened to my great Aunt, a beautiful, intelligent, interesting 29-year-old woman.

I’m a few months older now, and a lot wiser, and I’ve learned that when people can not attack the facts, they attack the person, and it saddens me greatly that I was *attacked* (verbally), because I wanted to uncover the true facts of this old story.

When I first came into Lake Mills in September 2011, I was so impressed with the idyllic little town. I called my daughter (who lived in Appleton for many years) and told her how beautiful it was. She said, “Mom, I miss Wisconsin so much. It’s a wonderful place to live.”

And then the hate mails started coming – sometimes 2-3 per DAY. I read a few of them to my daughter and she said, “That’s not the Wisconsin I remember. I can’t believe these people are treating you like this.”

But in the last couple weeks, things have changed – for the better.

Now, I receive a steady stream of supportive comments from people asking, “Why would *anyone* send you hate mail, and protest so much and react so strongly when all you’re trying to do is solve an old murder mystery? You’re after the facts, but the opposition seems to be after YOU personally.”

In fact, I’ve had several old timers contact me and share several stories about Enoch Fargo, and none of them are good. Enoch and his contemporaries may be long dead, but stories of Enoch’s misdeeds were passed from generation to generation, and I’ve been told some chilling tales about Enoch J. Fargo.

And according to Enoch’s own granddaughter, he got away with murder in June 1901, when he killed Addie Hoyt Fargo.

Well, he almost got away with murder.

Thank you to the many kind souls who have written me and  phoned me and offered their support and encouragement, and private stories. It’s gratifying to know that there are others, like me, who have a deep, abiding hunger to find the truth about what happened to Addie Hoyt Fargo.

To learn more about Addie Hoyt Fargo, click here.

To learn more about the results of the autopsy, click here.


Enoch J. Fargo

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  1. Angie

    Please continue in your pursuit of the truth! I am embarrassed and horrified by the behavior of some people in Lake Mills, but encouraged by so many others. Let THOSE people give you the strength and motivation that you need to continue in this journey. We are with you!

  2. Gidget

    If something is worth doing there is always going to be resistance of some type. Look at it as a POSITIVE, and a sure sign that you are on the RIGHT TRACK! If it was all too easy what challenge would that be? Keep up the great work! Maybe those who are complaining and griping so much have SOMETHING of their own to hide…..hmmmmmmmmm????

  3. Mandie Brewer

    Rose, I will stand up on the rooftop and shout it out to anyone and everyone, YOU ARE SOMEONE VERY SPECIAL AND ADDIE IS LUCKY TO HAVE YOU!!!

    You most certainly inherited Addie’s courage and you are doing something many people would not have the time or resources to do. I am here putting my name behind my statements because I believe in you Rose, and Addie, and the truth.

    And the truth of the matter is that Addie was murdered in cold blood by her husband, tossed into a shallow grave like trash, and left to become an impersonal nameless, faceless ghost story until her Great Great Niece came along and set Addie free by telling her story.

    Thanks to your efforts, the secret is out.

  4. Rachel Shoemaker

    Hang in there, you are the only one who has presented all of the known evidence that allows the pieces to be put together for the truth. The person who’s so busy arguing FOR Enoch has proven nothing, except there are a LOT of holes in his theories. I believe that in time even more people will come forward with information to prove that Addie’s life did not end naturally, just as they have in the past few weeks.

  5. Laurie Jaggers Roehl

    Rose – It does my heart good to see that you keep on keeping on even when the going gets really tough. Usually I am a silent observer. I just wanted everyone to know that I have been intrigued and sometimes spellbound by Addie’s story and your strength from the sidelines. I just wanted to put my comment out here and show my support for all that you have done in the name of truth. I am proud to be a friend of yours and a friend of Addie’s. You GO girl!