In light of the popularity of series like “Serial”, we at the Thrill have decided to get into the fad of debunking mysteries of our own. While on the surface this feature may appear dangerously similar to our “Kenyon Mythbusters” series, I can assure that this is not the same. What makes these cases so unique—so different from Mythbusters—is that this time, I was just sitting in the library being unproductive when the idea came to me. It pretty much fell right into my lap. And the thing is, the further I looked into these vaguely Kenyon-related conspiracies, the weirder things got.
This week, on The Thrill:
Where were you during Watergate? If you, like me, are in the Class of 2015 or younger, your answer is probably going to be something like, “I wasn’t even in the womb” or, “Hey, why are you asking me this question? Does this even matter?”
The reason I ask is because, in a library cubicle by the windows facing Ransom Hall on the second floor of Olin library, there’s a graffiti that reads, “Agnew was framed” in scrawled black pen.
As you can tell from the picture, there wasn’t much effort put into this message. But then again, you have to think of what it must have been like to write on the study carrel at such an awkward angle. In order for the writer to pen this message on the cubicle, they probably would have been leaning forward, maybe even sitting up out of their seat a little. Who ever wrote this, they had to have meant it. So I decided to do a little digging.
My first Google search didn’t bring up anything all that interesting. Google was reluctant to respond to my inquiries, insisting that I wanted “Agnew Framed Prints” instead. A Google image search led me to Fine Art America, where it appeared that countless renditions and photos of Spiro Agnew were indeed framed.
But something in my gut told me that this had to be something more, something some poor American Studies or History student had inked into their carrel wall because the world needed to know, but it just wasn’t relevant to the paper they were writing at the time. I didn’t have a lot to go on, but I had to keep going, I just had to.
The second hit was more promising. In order to understand this next piece of information, it’s important to have a little bit of historical background. In 1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew was indicted on bribery charges. Claiming he was innocent, he ultimately pleaded “no contest” to the charges. On October 10, 1973, Agnew resigned from the Vice Presidency, never to be heard of again in politics.
What I found was a Youtube video of Vice President Spiro Agnew in an interview with Channel 7 Eyewitness news in 1980. He was promoting his book “Go Quietly…Or Else,” and insisted that he left the Vice Presidency after receiving death threats from the White House.
If this is true, and Agnew says it’s true in the interview, it would be monumental. Most importantly, it would mean that whoever wrote the message in the study carrel wasn’t just some crazy person, but someone who knew something.
So here’s what we know. At some point in Kenyon’s past, most likely some time after 1980 when Agnew’s book was released, someone wrote “Agnew was framed” in a study carrel. That person was probably around 5’8” judging by the angle at which the message was written, and how it was written kind of sloppily. Whoever wrote the message wasn’t just a raving a lunatic, but someone who had at least read on the Internet somewhere that there are substantiated rumors that Agnew might have actually been threatened to leave the White House by the CIA.
And yet, after watching this video, I still had so many questions. Why would someone care, so long after the fact, that Spiro Agnew had been framed? How recently had this conspiracy been scrawled on the study carrel? What classes does Kenyon even teach where this person would be concerned with the topic? And what’s all this business with the book “Go Quietly…Or Else”?
Next time, on Kenyon Conspiracy theories.