While Rockford City had its share of secrets usually known only to law enforcement, the period of time following the disappearance of Milton Beardsley, the crematorium manager for three decades, was the most profoundly confusing. People were missing, some never to be found. Community members looked to the authorities for answers, of which there were few to none. One person did know what was happening. He knew about all the missing persons. And he always knew when it was the exact time to move on before the darkness of his secrets became revealed.