This is a major revelation that connects to The House on Blackstone Moor. It reveals Dr. Bannion's motivation in that first book of The Blackstone Vampires Series with regard to Rose Baines. Dr. Bannion treated Rose after she discovered her family's murders. But he always had plans for her.
From Eco's journal:
"It all changed when Bannion came to tell me he was going to have a marvelous girl installed in his home.
“You might remember her, Eco. She’s the one I told you about, the one who had the father that let me watch him…Rose Baines is her name. And well, I’ve come to tell you the father has killed his family and himself!”
Rose, I must tell you this now. I am sorry, but I want you to know the truth. There I was, listening to Bannion telling me he was there when you discovered the carnage! In between the telling of this horrendous tale, he kept saying how he wished me to see you.
Now, for the first time, my existence was divided in half and would be forever: the time before I laid eyes upon you and that time which would follow.
I recall that day more clearly than any other. I hadn’t wished to go with Bannion. Yet, demon that I am, I was tempted by his manner for it seemed to me there was the promise of untold sin. His eyes glowed and his face looked feverish. I had never seen him so excited.
His words struck me. “Come we shall see her…I want you to see her.”
I was curious. Well, he had gone on about you for years. And now, he had contrived to have you installed somewhere. He said it would be in his house. I doubted that, for by this time he had a home he shared with one Alice Mott…yes, his woman, Alice. A former patient he had previously put in his residence.
He spoke of how he had orchestrated this whole thing, setting your father up to do his bidding. The more he went on, the more I wondered how he had gained such influence with your father. How had he done that?
I’ve told you that he knew your father from years ago. Apparently, their peculiar friendship blossomed. His campaign to get you began in earnest from the first. And if you think about it, it wasn’t difficult as your father must have looked up to him.
Further, Bannion continued to bolster your father’s confidence. He contrived with him so that your father came to depend on him more and more and then, truthfully, there were the drugs.
Oh yes, drugs came into it. Opium was a great favorite of Bannion’s. It was his choice at Marsh. Yes, Rose, I am sad to remind you of this but I must.
Now we get to the crux of it all. How he manipulated your father to do what he did.
Bannion saw him the night before the murders. And so followed the first stage of his terrible plan: his telling your father you had been meeting him secretly, behind your father’s back!
“I’ve had her,” he said. “She gave herself freely to me. She says she wants no other, least of all her doddery, spital-faced father!”
Your father believed him and it wasn’t long before he got in a rage, mad as he was.
Of course, the question arises, how could he have been certain you wouldn’t come in and be murdered as well? That was easy, as he was with your father the entire time!
He was there. He witnessed the murders and then beguiled your father into committing suicide!
When it was over, he came for me. We arrived back at your house at the same time as the hospital wagon.
It was then that I first saw you. A girl, so pale and frightened looking. You could hardly stand. A man and woman half carried you down the steps.
A crowd had formed nearby and there was a gasp as you were unable to walk. They helped you into the carriage. I watched it pull away. He then told me how he was going to see you at the hospital.
“She’ll be mine before you know it…”
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