Marius Dewilde (10 Sept 1954)
I'm not a missionary, I am just taking them one at a time hoping that they don't fall apart as I look at them closely. Old ones and those from a few days ago. When you look close at some of these cases, they begin to unravel a lot of times.
I thought this one might be a winner because Vallee was so keen on it.
Then I read:
Dewilde was a new arrival to Quarouble in the 1950s, felt alienated there is attested to by witnesses interviewed by computer scientist Claude Gaudeau and psychologist Jean-Louis Gouzien. Like others affected by increasing migration from the counryside to the nation's vital industrial centers and the erosion of rural traditions, men like Dewilde were experiencing new forms of professional, social and cultural dislocation that often seemed beyond their control. Forced from familiar settings, many found themselves uprooted from traditionss and practices that had dei=fined their cultural frames of reference and identities. For these men, including Marius Dewilde, defining their place in this new order was as pressing as it was difficult.
When asked later by investigators, many of Quarouble's residents characterized Dewilde as an outsider. Queried about the reliability of Dewilde's testimony, several men and women who knew Dewilde were quick to discredit his story because of his marginal status. One of Dewilde's acquaintances, a local game warden familiar with the case, explained how he never bothered to look into the story because Dewilde was a "Parisian, not exactly the salt of the earth", who lived quite literally on the margins of local life in a "rail attendant's quarters because the line had been abandoned". In fact, Dewilde lived as an outsider, barely assimilated into local life and excluded from the benefits of a postwar consumer society increasingly important to conferring status and prosperity. His home whoich he inhabited illegally, had neither electricity nor running water, a factor all his neighbors were quick to point out in their dismissals of the details and reliability of the story. That Dewiklde himself felt alienated by this fact was later evidenced in his memoir in which he fabricated from whole cloth details about his prosperity and success in Quadrouble.