Patina - I love spooky stories! I had missed this one before now, but today I've caught up a little bit.
Paschal Randolph is a new character to me, too. It's quite entertaining to imagine such a man was a close friend of Ben's as well as the Cartwrights engaging such a visiter at the Ponderosa.
Adam demonstrates his own sharp intuition through out the story as he pieces together the clues from Ira's tale. He notices what everyone else misses.
The story surprised me several times - I wasn't expecting a couple of twists and turns, most notably the final scene. It reminded me of a morality tale - a lesson for all of us in regard to a sense of good vs evil. The right side won in the end.
Thank you a fun read. :)