SURVIVOR INTERVIEWS

The interviews found here have been conducted by me personally or culled from various sources (TV news, blogs, articles, documentaries, etc.). I do not own this material, nor do I intend to exploit this tragedy for personal gain. These interviews, photos, etc. are a matter of public record. I'm sharing them in the hope of painting a clearer picture of what happened that day, and also so that we repeat don't mistakes of the past.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana

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Jianguo Lim

MR. LIM (Revenant, 1878) – Jianguo Lim (Lin) immigrated from China to the Sierra Nevada as a gold prospector in the early 1850s. He formed the largest group of Chinese gold miners in the area, protecting them from attacks from European miners. After years on the panhandle, he lost what little gold he had in a holdup at the Great Western Holdings in Lonesome Plains, Nevada. He worked for several years on the railroads to get back on his feet before purchasing a plot of land in Oregon, where he began his paper mill. By 1878, when he was pushed in front of a train by an unknown assailant, he was one ot the wealthiest Chinese landowners in Oregon.

Right: Photo of Mr. Lim in 1872.

Car 438

CAR 438 (Apparitions. 1976) – The Chambers Street crash on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line was the worst accident since the 1928 Times Square derailment. In total 141 passengers were injured and six deaths, with the majority of those killed in the third car, Car 438, when it struck a wall. A heavily-graffitied Brightliner car, it was decommissioned after the accident and sat in the Concourse Yard for decades. It was said to rock from side to side on the yard tracks and emit a phantom stench of human excrement and body odor, though no evidence of human activity could be found. Rex Garrote's estate spared it from being used as a part of the artificial Redbird Reef off the coast of Slaughter Beach, Delaware among hundreds of other MTA subway cars.

Left: Photo of Car 438 recovered from cell phone, 2019.