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Blind Writer Gets Help From Police Forensics To Recover Lost Novel

Writer Trick Vickers is old-school. When she writes, she does it long hand with regular pen and paper. But Vickers ran into a serious problem recently that would probably cause most writers to have a breakdown. She lost 26 pages of a new book she was working on. No, she didn’t leave them somewhere – her pen stopped working. Not a problem for most people but it was a huge one for Vickers. She’s blind and had no idea her pen had run out of ink. So, she got the police involved. 

Vickers only realized what had happened when her son Simon came to read the pages back to her and was forced to break the news to his mom. She has a system of rubber bands that help her to keep her lines straight but nothing to warn her of this particular problem. But they had a bright idea.

“We battled with various ideas until we thought of the police. We rang them and asked to speak to their fingerprint section,” she said. “They said if there was anything they could do they would be happy to help. I was gobsmacked and so happy.”

Vickers and her son took the pages to the Dorset Police who worked on the peculiar case in their spare time.

“I think they used a combination of various lights at different angles to see if they could get the impression made by my pen,” said Vickers. “I am so happy, pleased and grateful. It was really nice of them.”

The police seemed happy as well, they told Vickers they can’t wait to read the rest of her work. “[The] book, called Grannifer’s Legacy, is about a character called Jennifer whose life implodes – she loses her job, her boyfriend and worst of all her namesake great grandmother who has always been her guide.”

She hopes to send it off to a publisher once it’s completed.

(via Neatorama)


  • Frodo Baggins

    That’s great and all, but I can’t help thinking there must be a system she could impose for avoiding this in the first place.

  • Erica Throne

    My first thought is for her to use carbon paper.

  • Anonymous

    When my mom was a college English professor, one year she had a blind student.  For his final paper, he came in and enthusiastically handed her… 25 sheets of blank paper with light, indecipherable typewriter impressions.  She felt so bad she just passed him.  This kid was either unlucky… or BRILLIANT.

  • Emily Hill

    aw how sweet

  • ✰ Ємρʏяɛαℓ Ɖяɛαмɛя (´・ω・`)

    Aww, what a sweet story! :)