Martense, Jan

   In “The Lurking Fear,” a member of a Dutch family that built the Martense mansion atop Tempest Mountain. The mansion was built in 1670 by Gerrit Martense, a wealthy New Amsterdam merchant. Jan, returning to the mansion in 1760 after several years in the army, is later killed, probably by his own family, because he has discovered the family’s horrible secret: their unwholesome inbreeding has caused them to decline on the evolutionary ladder.

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