The Core Collection

THE CORE COLLECTION

The ICS serves as the repository for historical materials (actual, envisaged, and fancied) related to the murder of Franklin C Bearse (left) and subsequent investigation into the crime. It should be noted that regardless of the factual rating of any of the artifacts residing here, ICS strives to remain faithful to True Stories.

Record Groups
The Core Collection has been divided into four record groups, each of which provides an meandering route towards some sort of insight in this labrythine endeavor. It should be noted that the artifacts in each of these collections tend to underscore the arbitrary nature and profound abundance of the faint material traces left behind by those who came before us.

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The Crime  

All the evidence we have at this time in reference to what took place at the Elliott cottage, on the shores of Long Pond, in Centerville, Massachusetts, on the evening of December 30, 1932.

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Case Studies  

Material findings related to ICS’s careful—yet admittedly limited on occasion—study of individuals involved in the criminal investigation into Franklin C Bearse’s untimely death.

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The Hijackers  

Six other men accompanied Frankie on that fateful excursion: John and Truman Lewis (both brothers of Frankie’s wife Helen), Ned Ashley, Joseph Correira, Manny Robello, and Jimmy Mendes.

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The Family  

Franklin Crosby Bearse was my great-grandfather – the father of my paternal grandmother. Until embarking on this project, I knew nothing of the profound, complex--and in many ways, completely ordinary -- legacy he shouldered and passed down through our family. Claiming his story, I have come to realize how deeply the past is embedded in the present, a notion that is of great interest at ICS.