They compared notes:
Millicent has been dutifully going through the files she liberated from Joy Grove. The first thing she found out was that the money to pay for Edgar Job’s treatment at Joy Grove had run out by 1933, and he was scheduled to be sent back to California. At the last minute, however, a private individual stepped in to provide the necessary funding: Douglas Henslowe.
She also found the full transcript of Doug and Edgar’s unmedicated confrontation therapy session. For the most part it conformed with Dr. Keaton’s recounting of the story, except that he left out an interesting detail: after Job started shouting at Henslowe—“You tried to kill me but I’m still here!”—Henslowe very quietly said, “If I wanted you dead, Edgar, you’d be dead already.”
Douglas Henslowe readmitted himself in 1933. His first attempt to do so resulted in an examination by Dr. Keaton that concluded there was no need for further treatment. A few months later, he was re-examined, and this time proved to be a textbook case of paranoid schizophrenia. In fact, looking over his symptoms show that they somewhat suspiciously resemble the standard diagnostic checklist.
There were interesting fragments of notes from Dr. Keaton showing how he became intrigued by Edgar Job’s case—snatches of things Doug said in therapy, mostly, like, “He killed Vince, how could a little nobody like that kill Vince Stack? Stack killed that bastard Echevarria, blew his head off with a shotgun.”
The prescription schedules for both Job and Henslowe were all in Bethany Mae Hampton’s handwriting. Some of the notations looked like it was Bethany who was making the actual diagnostic decisions, and just getting Dr. Keaton’s initials. Geronimo, who had some medical training in Spain, confirmed that the medication decisions are in keeping with ordinary practice, but a nurse/administrator making those decisions was highly unusual.
Helen Taylor was committed by her family on the counsel of her faculty advisor, Patricia Evans, who also seeme to have made the recommendation to use Joy Grove. Millicent was slightly acquainted with Miss Evans, who was also the faculty advisor for the Epsilon Sigma sorority; they’d asked her several times to pledge them.
Helen’s diagnostic file contained a lot of notes on her age and physical condition, including approval to begin testing to see if she was a “potential”. Whatever the strange drug they were giving Helen was not recorded in the file.
“It’s something that makes all the people there want to…you know,” said Millicent.
“No I don’t,” said Jimmy.
“Well, you must have done it…”
“Eat? Drink? Sleep?” said Dr. Orange.
“Go to a movie?” said Jimmy.
“Relax?” said Ruby.
“Yes, they’re very relaxed,” said Millicent, blushing.
“Oh, it’s probably a depressant then.”
“Not that kind of relaxed. The…other kind of relaxed. Like a person who relaxes all your tension…”
“Oh, a masseuse. Or a muscle relaxant?”
“No, the thing the psychiatrists are always talking about.”
“Father issues?” said Ruby.
“The brain?” said Dr. Orange.
“Freud?” said Jimmy.
“But what is the father issue everyone has?” said Millicent, blushing even more.
“They hit them?” said Ruby.
“Daddy doesn’t like what I do for a living?” said Dr. Orange.
“They’re putting more than one person in a cell…to work out their…tension…”
“I think the young lady is referring to coitus,” said Geronimo drily.
“They had her in a cell alone but she wanted me to come in there and be relaxed with her and then she gave me some to take back to school to relax other people which I really don’t think would be a good idea,” said Millicent breathlessly.
“She gave you some relaxing agent?” said Ruby.
“Yeah, so maybe we could take a look at it?”
“Oh, I think we should take a look at it, yes,” said Ruby, sitting forward.
“No, ma’am,” said Geronimo.
“Her family doesn’t know because they didn’t want me reporting back to them, but twenty is too old for the person they are looking for.”
“They’re looking for someone?” said Jimmy sharply.
“Yeah, but they’re also testing it on other people. She needs to get out of there.”
“I’ll make some calls,” said Jimmy.
A few days later Jimmy’s friend from the Bureau called him back. “We talked to the Atlanta field office and had them pull Miss Hampton’s records. Everything seemed to be in order, but you were gosh-darn so insistent, I ran her prints. That ain’t her name.”
“Color me surprised.”
“The name we got for her is Anne Robinson. Graduated Princeton in ’28 with a M. D. She started a psychiatric residency but never finished it. Then she just drops off the books for a while, until she’s at Joy Grove as Bethany Mae Hampton. Seems she’s from upstate New York originally. I put a call in to Joy Grove, but they said she quit a few days ago.”
“I guess something must have happened at the asylum.”
“Anyway, you owe me a steak.”
Ruby called up some of the society reporters who haunt her steps and put a few blind items out about corruption at a Savannah country-club type mental hospital.