Ten little Sailor Boys going out to dine;
One choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine little Sailor boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight little Sailor boys traveling in Devon;
One said he'd stay there and then there were seven.
Seven little Sailor boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself in half and then there were six.
Six little Sailor boys playing with a hive;
A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five little Sailor boys going in for law;
One got in Chancery and then there were four.
Four little Sailor boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three little Sailor boys walking in the zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two Little Sailor boys sitting in the sun;
One got frizzled up and then there was one.
One little Sailor boy left all alone;
He went out and hanged himself and then there were none.
There is was again. The rhyme. One little rhyme changed ten people's lives forever.
Now it's going to change ten more.
On August 8, 1939, ten guests arrived to Shipwreck Island. By August 11, 1939, they were all dead.
On August 8, 2009, ten more visitors will come to the island. And if all goes to plan, they'll all be dead by the 11th of August.
In 1939, the murderer killed nine other people he invited to the island according to that nursery rhyme. It sounds mad, but it worked, and all of them were deceased by the time the boat came.
In 1939, the murderer was never brought to justice. He committed suicide before anyone could come and arrest him.
In 1939, Judge Lawrence Wargrave's confession was found in a bottle cast into the sea.
Judge Wargrave was also my great-grandfather's brother.
Let me explain; He had a brother named Louis Martin Wargrave. He had daughters who got married and their last names changed, which is why my name isn't Wargrave.
Anyway, after the Shipwreck Island Murders in Devon, Louis Wargrave was at his brother's house cleaning and looking through his belongings. In the safe in his study he found a paper written write before his voyage to the island. In it he stated his plan to carry out the ultimate justice, to sentence the guilty that the law could not touch. He also said after his death, he does not want the memory of the Shipwreck Island Killings to disappear and be forgotten. Judge Lawrence Wargrave wanted to live on after his death. He wanted the murders to continue, if that meant people thinking about the man who was clever enough to plot such a massacre, even long after his death.
That document has been passed down to generation to generation. When I first read about it, I was stunned. Such a brilliant idea! Such a perfect murder! No one else agrees, but he didn't do anything wrong!
No, those people he killed were murderers, not victims. They deserved to die. He was a judge. They escaped justice. If they were caught, they would have gotten the death penalty. That's all that the judge did, give them the death penalty.
I became fascinated of the idea. Then it hit me like a bolt of lightening.
He didn't want people to forget about him. There must beeople who are guilty of murder but have never been caught before these days too.
So why don't I continue his work?
Why don't invite ten more unlucky people to Shipwreck Island?
I already have a list of names, which I'm included in, of course.
Vanessa Anna Newton
Nathanial Gavin Perry
Rita Gabriella Gonzalez
Evelynne Alexandra Tresscott
Ryan William Parker
Damian Matthew Morse
Samantha Rachel Stewart
Now I must go. I have to write a few letters from the U..