The chainsaw revving up is a sound you’ll hear a lot when you visit the Lake House. If you stick around long enough to catch a glimpse of the chainsaw, you might see the blood stains on the tip of the blade. And Archer Watts, the chainsaw operator, wants you to stick around.

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Life in Saylorsburg in the 1960s was rough. Archer was a hard working miner, but all that hard work only led to a few dollars in his pocket each day. Barely able to feed his family led Archer into a deep, dark depression, so he decided the best thing to do was to end his wife and daughters’ misery. His own misery made him feel it was best to save them from the pain of the cruel world they were living in. So late one night when Archer felt even more despair then ever, he suffocated the three most important ladies in his life with their pillows while they slept. In an effort to conceal what he had done, he used a chainsaw to dismember their bodies. He tossed their remains into the back of his 1947 Ford Model A. After having a few too many drinks, Archer proceeded to drive the family car into a large oak tree on the side of the road. Reports say that when help arrived, there was no driver in the vehicle. The only thing left behind were the remnants of the Watts family and the stench of despair.

Archer lies low these days, but on occasion, normally in the fall when the days grow shorter and the night grow colder, he comes to town to drink away his pain. Given his past history and dark moods, he has no problem taking care of anyone who crosses his path. So when you see him at the Lake House, steer clear of him. You’ll know Archer is near by the sound of his chainsaw.

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