Hello, SleepyHeads!  This week on Witness Prophecies, we discuss Sleepy Hollow Season 4 Episode 10, entitled Insatiable, which originally aired on March 10, 2017.  Team Witness fights a Hunger Demon while Malcolm Dreyfuss assembles the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. 

Malcolm Dreyfuss has convinced Helen Donovan (played by Kathleen Hogan), the former CFO of Dreyfuss Industries to become his latest recruit, while Jobe uses a Chinese puzzle box, a Mifang Conundrum Box,  to unleash an insatiable Hunger Demon (played by Alexander Ward) in the basement of the Eisenhower Building.  The monster quickly goes to work, causing people to gorge on everything in sight, then die of malnourishment.  

Ichabod Crane is throwing a party and feels that he is beginning to settle into his new life in Washington, DC.  Later Team Witness gathers in the Vault to research the latest supernatural occurrence, and Diana Thomas asks Jake Wells and Alex Norwood to investigate Dreyfuss for her, unbeknownst to Crane.  Crane and Diana head to the Eisenhower Building, where they witness one of Diana’s colleagues, Assistant Secretary Nancy Stryker (played by Catherine Dyer), become a victim of the Hunger Demon.  

Jenny Mills visits a friend while researching the demon, hunger, famine, and cannibalism, and he offers her a job that she finds tempting.  SH WPS4E10 - Team Witness picBack at the Vault, the team agrees to focus on destroying the Hunger demon, and Crane recalls seeing this puzzle box with colleague, Edward Reed, who has ties to James F. Reed (both Reed men played by Tom Archdeacon) and the Donner Party.  While trying to contain the demon, the box breaks, and Alex, Jake, and Jenny determine how to create a new one.  They find what they need in a junkyard, summon the demon, and vaporize him with gold.  

Meanwhile, Dreyfuss and Jobe have filled two of four coffins with Logan MacDonald (played by Robbie Kay), the Rider of Pestilence, Helen Donovan, the Rider of Famine, and they are healing the Headless Horseman (played by Jeremy Owens) who will be the Rider of Death, leaving them one short.  Headless was injured when the Philosopher’s Stone made him vulnerable, and Malcolm and Jobe are nursing back to health, so they can get the “old team” back together.  The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse will return, if Malcolm has anything to do with it!  Malcolm is insatiable when it comes to power, and he is on a mission to get it all.  Is Jobe allowing Malcolm to quench this insatiable hunger, or is Jobe in control and directing Malcolm’s actions?  

It was interesting watching Crane think about where his life is now.  It has been months since he lost Abbie Mills and his move to Washington, DC, and he is beginning to feel at home in the Vault.  Jake and Alex have proved to be smart and willing to learn under his tutelage, and he has a home. SH WPS4E10 - Crane picHe is beginning to know people in his building, and is living a life that he never would have expected 250 years earlier.  He still has his crossbow, which is a symbol of both his past and his present.  When Jenny told him she may begin artifact hunting again, something she loves, he was caught off guard.  She is the tie that binds his two worlds, and she knows his history.  Should she leave, it will be hard for him, but he will continue to survive.

Jenny for her part, has become a strong, confident woman, and she is no longer the tortured soul we first met in the asylum.  She understands that what she has seen is real.  She has met Molly, the new witness, is training her, and is realizing that Molly is not Abbie.  This is part of her grieving and healing process, and she will learn acceptance, leaving behind her insatiable grief at losing her sister.

And at the Vault, Team Witness realizes what Dreyfuss is doing – raising the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  

History Lesson of the Week – The Donner Party and James F. Reed

In May, 1846, a group of about 90 pioneers left Independence, Missouri, and headed west toward California in a wagon train. The group was led by George Donner and James F. Reed, both of Illinois.  Reed had been born in Northern Ireland, and settled in Illinois in 1831.  The group initially followed the California Trail route toward Fort Laramie, Wyoming, but then they diverted.  Rather than following the normal trail to Fort Hall in what is now Idaho, the Donner Party headed south to Ft. Bridger, Wyoming.  They had decided to take a new and and supposedly shorter route to California, the Hastings Cutoff, laid out by an unscrupulous trail guide named Lansford Hastings.  Hastings was not at Fort Bridger when the party arrived –he was leading an earlier wagon train along his new route and left word for the party to follow, promising that he would mark the trail for them.  A journalist, Edwin Bryant, had seen the trail and sent warning letters to those who might follow, but no one in the Donner Party saw them.  James Reed encouraged the team to take the promised short cut.  

They crossed the Wasatch Mountains, the Great Salt Lake Desert, and rejoined the traditional California trail in late September along the Humboldt River, but they had traveled 150 additional miles by using the so-called shortcut, and were a month behind schedule.  Tempers were short and Reed and another party member, John Snyder became embroiled in a fight, which ended in Snyder’s death.  Reed was banished from the group, and went ahead of them, crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountains well before the rest of the Donner Party, safely arriving at Sutter’s Fort, in Sacramento, California.

On October 28, a heavy snowfall blocked the high mountain passes, trapping the remaining Donner Party members in a frozen wilderness. They built shelters, hoping to resume their journey, but were forced to spend the winter in the mountains. The party was low on supplies and had to slaughter their oxen for food. As the winter wore on, many of the people starved to death, and some resorted to cannibalism.

Reed sought funds for and joined a rescue party which reached the camp in February, 1847, and began evacuation efforts.  A second group brought supplies on March 1st, with a final rescue effort on March 14th.  Only 45 of the original 89 Donner Party members reached California.  

The cannibalism story quickly spread, and before long the term “Donner Party” became synonymous with one of humanity’s most ingrained taboos.  Donner Pass, in the Sierra Nevada of northern California, is named for the Donner party. The pass now represents an important route connecting San Francisco with Reno, lying within Tahoe National Forest, near the Donner Memorial State Park.

James Reed and his family remained in California, where he briefly participated in the 1848 Gold Rush, ultimately settling with his family in San Jose, where he became a real estate developer, dying in 1874 at 73 years of age.

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SleepyHeads!  Will Team Witness be able to stop Malcolm Dreyfuss?  Tune in next week to find out!

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