The letters came to light many years later in 1981 when a police locker was cleared out. They were handed to us here at Burley Historical Society, the town of Albion, at that time, did not have a historical museum of its own and we were the closest archive.
Much of the terminology used to describe what they were experiencing is consistent throughout the three letters which leads us to believe that perhaps Frederickson was guiding them. In particular the term 'the bright black edge of nowhere' was used in all of the letters except one.
The story told in the letters, whilst consistent in many ways, become increasingly difficult to interpret as the story unfolds and the students appear to be aware of the fact that what they were experiencing was 'beyond words' - Stephen Steele wrote "I know it sounds like I don't know what I'm talking about. I don't know if i want to know what i'm talking about. I want to stop talking but I can't. My friend Manfred was autistic and stopped talking, remember? Maybe he'd understand? I don't know? Maybe Jesus knows, or Elvis"
Stephen Steel also made some bizarre references such as 'the chronicles of Morticai', 'the Batman Chapel of the Dawn' and 'eating beans for most the rest of our lives'.
The most bizarre and chilling detail described in several of the letters was a man 'who wasn't a man' whose clothes were wet through. It is this last detail, and many references to water, which led the police at the time to trawl Magic Reservoir and stretches of Snake River for bodies.