Although opinion differs about the origin of the phrase 'lies, damned lies... and statistics', since most sources suggest that it was Mark Twain who said it, statistically at least, the evidence points to the American author! You've been dealing with a situation in which a highly improbable solution is being proffered as highly plausible. Yet you're right to keep asking questions. Even though your inquiries might be unpopular, don't give up. Your intuition, and desire for the truth, will ensure this story has a happy ending.
12 Nov 1980