LeMarchand's many puzzle boxes to be found in the late 20th century, Magdalene's Undoing
was found on July 16th,
1970. It was uncovered in the Syrian desert by a group of British
soldiers on war
exercises, and is linked by some to the mysterious disappearance of
Capt. Nathan Green. This man was last seen retiring to his tent
with "The Regret Configuration"
on the evening of its discovery, never to be seen again. The box
disappeared from Capt. Green's tent the next day, and has only recently
re-surfaced in Iran. There it was purchased from a street vendor,
clearly had no idea of its true worth, for the princely sum of $15.
This particular construct was crafted from the finest African ebony and
with silver. Although recent research would suggest that it
is in fact one of a pair (the other being ivory as a base and inlaid
with osmium), an example has yet to be found and may be pure rumor.
It is a widely held belief amongst LeMarchand scholars that
“Magdalene’s Undoing“ was created in the latter part
of the 18th century in New York. LeMarchand himself stayed for a
period of some years at the home of fellow Freemason James Ryan.
Despite the fact that he himself was known to be afraid of
LeMarchand, his daughter, Lara, developed a crush that her father was
LeMarchand took great pleasure in both the attentions of the young
as well as the discomfort it caused her impotent father. He took
taking the girl to his room for extended periods, whereupon her father
would fly into a rage, and beat on LeMarchand's door to no avail.
For Lara’s 23rd birthday, LeMarchand created for her
“Magdalene’s Undoing”. Exactly four weeks
her mangled body was discovered in her room, clutching her fateful
A post-mortem examination revealed that she was approximately six weeks
Her father's mental health began a steep decline that resulted in
his admittance to the New York State mental institution, although not
before he inexplicably named LeMarchand as executor of his estates.
The box was retained by the authorities as evidence, whereupon it
disappeared. How it found its way to the Syrian Desert remains a