I have attempted to record these events as clearly as possible. I first heard about Alan Pierson’s death on the news but did not think much of it until several months later. What prompted my sudden interest in the case will become apparent as you read this report.
Tracking down the full story was not easy. Some facts were simple to collect, but others were hidden—most likely in an attempt to hide the police’s incompetence in handling the case. Even now, at the end of my research, I admit I still do not have a complete picture. I doubt there ever will be a complete picture.
Alan was found by his mother the morning of Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 7:45 A.M. He was sitting upright at the computer in his bedroom, his skin an unnatural gray. His eyes and eyelids were missing, but there was no trace of blood and no sign of a struggle. There were, however, small piles of dust or ash around Alan’s feet and on his lap, and a faint burning odor hung in the air. The skin around Alan’s eye sockets appeared singed.
Alan’s Gmail account was open on his computer, but the inbox was empty, as were the “Sent Mail” and “Spam” folders.
Mrs. Pierson informed police that Alan maintained a personal blog. Upon reading the blog, several posts stood out as possible clues, and screenshots of the relevant excerpts are included in this report. The blog itself was taken offline, as per the mother’s wishes, but a digital copy was kept in police records.
Alan’s friends reported strange behavior in the days leading up to his death. He became obsessive compulsive about checking his email. Even his teachers at school took notice. Always an attentive student, it was unusual for Alan to be so distracted. It reached a point where Alan’s phone was confiscated mid-lecture; he was checking it every minute or so, according to the teacher. When asked about his behavior after class, Alan claimed to have no knowledge of his actions.
This distracted, obsessive behavior continued right up until the end. One friend claimed Alan always looked exceedingly nervous when checking his email, whether on his phone or on a school computer. When asked if anything was wrong, Alan always replied that everything was fine, and could give no account of his apparent nervousness.
These reports match well with the provided screenshots of the blog, presented here: