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SCP-4906 composite sketch, complied from 26 North American personnel

Item #: SCP-4906

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: Currently, no known method exists to contain SCP-4906. Any personnel who become aware of SCP-4906 should be remanded to psychological counseling, and receive class-D amnestics.

Description: SCP-4906 is a group of traumatic memories anomalously shared across hundreds of individuals worldwide. These memories derive from early childhood to mid-teenage years, based around psychological and physical bullying from a peer or older child.

These memories often persist across multiple years, and while often featuring small groups of abusers, a single, central figure is always present. This entity is predominantly known as "Matt" by those raised in predominantly english-speaking countries, but has also been identified as Mathieu, Mátyás, Matevž in other regions. Likewise, while most often presenting as a white, tall male figure in many memories, this entity has been detailed with deviations in ethnicity, appearance, and spoken language to adhere with the cultural environment an individual is raised in. In 38% of cases, "Matt" is recalled as being female, and instead named "Mattea" or "Maddie".

SCP-4906, universally, is not considered heavily traumatic. While recalled events are undoubtedly unsettling, in all cases, individuals have regarded "Matt" as an ordinary bully, and sometimes nothing more than irritating or socially ostracizing.

TEST LOGS

Senior Researcher Martin Shufflebottom

Dr. Mannet: One last time Martin, you're fine with this interview being made public? I'm not doubting your resolve, I just know how difficult it can be to talk about-

Shufflebottom: No, it's fine. I'm more than happy to participate in your study. If it helps more people move past their own issues, than it's completely worth it.

Dr. Mannet: Wonderful. I really do appreciate it. Now, I know we've talked a lot about "Matt", but do you think you could summarize your experiences briefly?

Shufflebottom: Well, if your log is going to look anything like our standard testing logs, than anyone reading this will probably have already guessed what my childhood was like. You don't get through gradeschool with a name like "Shufflebottom" unscathed. All the kids teased me, but "Matt" was easily the worst. He wasn't just mean, he was clever. He'd find ways to make me feel… I don't know, freakish? Like, just because I had an unusual name, I didn't belong with the other kids.

Dr. Mannet: But you did, Martin. You know that-

Shufflebottom: Yes, yes. You don't need to coddle me Lisa. I haven't even needed a sit-down with you in months! I'm over it!

Dr. Mannet: I'm sorry, Martin. I just wanted to make sure you remembered.

Shufflebottom: … Damn it, no, I'm sorry. I really am still a bit touchy about this, aren't I?

Dr. Mannet: You never really "get over it", Martin, and that's fine. Our experiences define us, and you've become a productive, hard-working person who's work helps a lot of people.

Shufflebottom: I know. Thank you. It's strange. Sometimes I think, if it wasn't for Matt and those other children, I might have never pursued the sciences. I certainly wouldn't have had such an interest in the occult if I was spending my time, I don't know, playing sports and getting into trouble. I'd never say I owe him anything, but you're right; our experiences define us.

Dr. Mannet: I agree. Perhaps we could schedule something next week? Not a formal session, but perhaps a coffee in the lounge, just to catch up?

Shufflebottom: That sounds nice, Lisa. I'd like that.


Junior Researcher Fatima Touma

Touma: Oh yes, Majidah was awful. I had so many friends before I got to high school, but she turned them all against me. She'd say I looked to "plain". She'd come to school wearing make-up and trendy clothes, the kind my parents couldn't afford. She'd have parties, and not invite me. Suddenly all the girls were reading beauty magazines and talking about this celebrity or that. I tried to keep up, but it just wasn't interesting to me.

Dr. Mannet: I'm sorry to ask, but did Majidah ever hurt you? Do anything to you?

Touma: No, not really. She'd say mean things to me sometimes between classes, but mostly we didn't even speak. She was just a bitter little girl who took all my friends.

Dr. Mannet: Interesting. So, you wouldn't say your experiences with Majidah changed your life in any other way?

Touma: I don't think so. I was always a quirky kind of girl. I suppose I was bound to have trouble in school once the other girls started becoming interested in boys and clothes and such. Mean girls will always exist, you know? In fact, you know what's crazy? I have a few friends here at Site-47 who also grew up in Iran. They sort of adopted me after my transfer, since we all speak Persian. They grew up in totally different areas than me, and they had almost the exact same experience! A mean girl at school named Majidah! Well, Salihah had a girl named Mahtab that'd pull her hair, but still! Isn't that odd?

LEVEL 05 RESTRICTION

Interview: Researcher Cameron Williams

Williams: Hey, Doc, come in. Come on in.

Dr. Mannet: Hello Cameron, thank you for inviting me. We're off-site now, please, call me Lisa. You have a lovely home.

Williams: Oh, yeah, thanks. Meg is the decorator around here, not me.

Dr. Mannet: How is Megan? You two had your anniversary recently, didn't you?

Williams: Yeah- listen, Doc- Lisa, can we sit down? I've got some tea here and… look, I need to talk to you about something.

Dr. Mannet: … Of course Cameron. Is everything alright? Should we have met in my office?

Williams: No! … I mean, no, it's fine. Really. I just needed to talk to you- here, I mean. Outside the- outside of work.

Dr. Mannet: I see. You seem tense, Cameron. What's wrong?

Williams: Before… look, before I say anything else, can you empty out your bag?

Dr. Mannet: Pardon me?

Williams: Just- sorry, please. It'd make me feel more comfortable. Please.

Dr. Mannet does not respond for several seconds. The sound of various items hitting a wooden surface is then heard.

Williams: All the pockets. Please.

Dr. Mannet: Cameron, I don't see why-

Williams: Please.

Another pause, then the sound of coins, and paper wrappers hit a wooden surface.

Dr. Mannet: Well, now that my tampons are all over your coffee table, would you like to tell me why I had to do that?

Williams: Sorry Doc, really, but I don't really know who to trust right now. I mean, listen, I've been seeing you for three years, and I consider you a friend, but I'm sort of… I'm freaking out right now, alright?

Dr. Mannet: I can see that. You're supposed to be relaxing, Cameron. You're on vacation.

Williams: Forced vacation.

Dr. Mannet: And you deserved it.

Williams remains silent for several seconds.

Dr. Mannet: What?

Williams: Just-… I don't know, that seemed… uncharacteristic? You're usually so soft-spoken.

The sound of a cup being picked up is heard.

Dr. Mannet: We're not in a session right now, Cameron. As your friend, I'm telling you not to fall back into casting blame. You said it yourself, you flew off the handle during that test with SCP-4281.

Williams sits silently. Dr. Mannet takes a sip of tea.

Williams: … Fine, that's fair, but I didn't ask you to come here about that.

Dr. Mannet: So I really am just here for a cup of tea?

Williams: No I- alright, sorry, yes, I shouldn't have lied to you, but I really needed someone to talk to.

Dr. Mannet places her cup back down.

Dr. Mannet: I'm here Cameron. What is it?

Williams: Well… my kid, Daniel, he turned 20 last month.

Dr. Mannet: Congratulations.

Williams: I- Yeah, thanks. I didn't make it to dinner that night because, well, you know. The inquiry and everything, and my nerves, and-

Dr. Mannet: And the drinking?

Williams: No. No no. Haven't touched it in months. I swear. I just… I was in my study, and Daniel just… came in. He knows I don't like anyone in my study. I almost shouted at him but…

Dr. Mannet: What?

Williams: He just started… talking to me. He poured everything out. He said he was worried about me, that he misses me, that he-… loved me. He just said it all! I don't know how. He sure as hell didn't get that from me. Maybe the internet is right, and these "millenials" are just better at expressing their feelings, or maybe he gets it from Meg, or, I don't know. Point is, I didn't know what to say. So I… well, I just started crying. Then he started crying. Then he just… hugged me.

Dr. Mannet: Cameron, that's wonderful. I know how much you've struggled with expressing your feelings. This is a huge step.

Williams: Yeah, Doc, I know, but that's still not what this about. After a while, I started telling him what's been going on and-

Dr. Mannet: You what?

Williams: … Oh, no no no, I don't mean- I didn't break any protocols, Doc. I didn't tell him about anything Foundation related. I just mean, I told him about what I'd gone through. How I was raised. The stuff that happened at school. Matt. All of that.

Dr. Mannet: Ah. Well, that's even more incredible Cameron. You're reaching out! You're making a connection! You've always told me you wish you could talk to Daniel, tell him how proud you are of his accomplishments.

Williams: And I am! He's going to be a better scientist than me one day! But Doc, after I spilled my guts out, he started talking too. He started telling me that he'd been bullied too as a kid. He said he'd never told me, because he never felt like he could come to me with that kind of stuff.

Dr. Mannet: Cameron, this is the first step in a new, healthier relationship with your son. I can't tell you how pleased I am-

Williams: His name was Matt too.

Dr. Mannet: Pardon me?

Williams: His bully. He was also named Matt.

Dr. Mannet: … Well, it's a very common name. I'm not surprised-

Williams: He described the kind of stuff Matt did. The bullying. It was the same exact stuff my Matt did to me. Some small differences, like mean "facebook messages" that didn't exist back in my day, but this kid even used the same tactics. The same sorts of jibes.

Dr. Mannet: Cameron, the world may keep turning, but kids and bullies remain mostly the same. My friend Helen's son actually came home with an "Indian Sunburn", remember those?

Williams: He looked the same Doc. I had Daniel describe him. Same hair. Same voice. Same missing tooth.

Dr. Mannet: Cameron-

Williams: He even told me one time when Matt was calling him names, he stood up for himself and tried to talk back, making fun of the missing tooth. Matt put him in a trash can for that. Sound familiar, Doc?

Dr. Mannet: Cameron.

Williams: It's the exact same, Doc! Every detail! I told him one of my memories of Matt, and he piratically fainted! He said the exact same thing happened to him!

Dr. Mannet: Cameron.

Williams goes silent.

Dr. Mannet: Take a deep breath. Please.

After several seconds the sound of sharp inhaling, and a long sigh are heard.

Dr. Mannet: Good. Now, Cameron, please listen to me. What you're experiencing is a kind of "hyperactive empathy". You've been wanting to make a connection with your son for his whole life, but you've never known how. Then, unexpectedly, Daniel came in and tore all those emotional barriers down. The pressure was released. Suddenly, you could be open, vulnerable, and yes, loving with Daniel. It was an enormous relief, but your mind and body weren't ready for it. So when Daniel mentioned he was bullied, and by a boy who was completely coincidentally also named "Matt", you latched onto it. You wanted to make a connection so badly, that you began ascribing more and more similarities. You both did. You created false memories because you both so deeply craved to know each other after all this time apart.

Williams does not respond.

Dr. Mannet: I know, it's a lot to process. I think you should come see me tomorrow, you've been through a lot very quickly. I have a time slot open at 5:00PM, if that works?

Williams again does not respond.

Dr. Mannet: Cameron?

The sound of a gun being cocked is heard.

Dr. Mannet: … Cameron, what are you doing.

Williams: What's going on Doc. I want you to tell me.

Dr. Mannet: Cameron, please, you're frightening me-

Williams: Cut the crap, Lisa. "False memories"? "Hyperactive empathy?" Really? I've been to enough therapists to know bullshit when I hear it.

A brief pause.

Williams: You're going to tell me what's going on, right now. What happened to me. What happened to my son. Who is Matt.

A longer pause, then a long exhale. Dr. Mannet picks something up from the coffee table. A lighter is flipped, and struck. A cigarette is lit, inhaled from. A long exhale follows.

Dr. Mannet: When did you start to suspect?

Williams: … If you mean overall, I've known for weeks. I checked back through Daniels school photos. Then I checked the school directory. Then I asked some of his old friend's parents. They're still in the neighborhood. No Matt. Then, I checked my own highschool yearbook. There was no Matt there either. I don't know why I never noticed.

Another drag is taken from Dr. Mannet's cigarette.

Williams: If you mean today, it was when you mentioned 4281. You'd never talk about Foundation affairs outside the facility, not even in one of your friends own homes… unless-

Dr. Mannet: Unless this place was already bugged, surrounded, and rigged up with safety measures.

Williams: … What? Safety measures? What the hell are y-… you…

The sound of a body hitting a cushioned surface is heard, followed shortly by a body hitting a hard, wooden surface. Dr. Mannet stands, and opens the front door. Five different sets of footsteps are heard.

Dr. Mannet: Took your time with the tranq. He had a gun, you know.

Agent Tomenz: He wouldn't have shot you. He was-

Dr. Mannet: He was on the verge of deranged. Next time, when I say the codeword, you hit the tranq immediately? I don't pretend to know how to shoot a gun, so you don't pretend to understand psycology. Clear?

Agent Tomenz: Crystal, ma'am.

Dr. Mannet: Good. Bag him up, then get to-… shit.

The sound of pages being flipped.

Dr. Mannet: … University of Michigan, student housing block C, room 213. Daniel Williams. He'll need to come in as well.

Agent Tomenz: Plainclothes, or is this an extraction, ma'am?

Dr. Mannet: Your perogative, Agent. Like I said, you do your job, I'll do mine.


PROJECT GALILEE

Item #: SCP-4906

Object Class: Thaumiel

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-4906 must be kept in a comatose state at all times, and connected to both full life support assistance. Stimuli, both chemical and sensory, will be administered per the judgement of Director Mannet.

Description: SCP-4906 is a white male named Matthew Bodner, born in Wichita, Kansas in 1951. Mr. Bodner was extracted from his home in 1963, following the deaths of his father, mother, and two sisters from simultaneous brain aneurysms. Due to Mr. Bodners hazardous telepathic abilities, coupled with his psycopathic tendencies, he has been kept in a medically induced coma since 1964.

PROJECT GALILEE

In 1979, in response due to labor shortages, and an exponential increase in SCP discoveries, Senior Site Psychologist Lisa Mannet submitted a formal proposal to the 05 council. Given her research, a prevailing trend of social isolation and feelings of separation existed among a large percentage of existing Foundation personnel. In her words, individuals who pursue the sciences as a means of uncovering the mysterious or occult, by a large majority, had similar environmental pressures causing them to do so from a young age.

Over several years, using mental conditioning, surgical lobotimization, and specially developed telepathic amplification technology, SCP-4906 was adapted to implant specific false memories in individuals worldwide. These memories, centered around bullying and ostricization, resulted in a 35% rise in recruitment across 5 years. Despite the difficult, isolated, and dangerous nature of Foundation work, the modern abundance of personnel has been attributed, in large part, to the effects of PROJECT GALILEE.

Continued success of this project is considered an Alpha level priority. Investigations into other potential telepathic individuals / entities with a similar psycological profile to Mr. Bodner are currently ongoing.