WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Colonial Williamsburg historical interpreter George Mandel was murdered today by tourist Jim Anderson after Anderson mistook him for a human-like android working in a historical amusement park, similar to the HBO television series “Westworld.”
“In Westworld, you can meet, talk to, shoot, and/or fuck anyone in the park who comes up to you,” Anderson stated in a press conference after the incident. “Are you telling me that isn’t the case here?”
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In the context of the TV series, robotic human-like “hosts” interact with Westworld guests in a variety of ways, including those mentioned by Anderson. As Colonial Williamsburg still, to the best of The Peedmont’s knowledge, has an entirely human workforce, the historical interpreters are not as impervious to injury as their robotic television counterparts.
“It just made a lot of sense,” Anderson argued. “There’s Westworld, obviously, but also the … Samurai World, I guess? What’s not there that should be? The Colonial World, and I guess that’s where I got confused.”
According to eyewitnesses, Anderson was listening to Mandel’s presentation about butter churning, commenting quietly to himself that the reenactor was “so life-like,” and that “you’d have no idea that wasn’t a real guy.”
One interpreter, Martha Garry, said Anderson asked him the location of “The Maze,” alluding to a narrative mystery from season one of the show. Garry thought he meant the famous colonial garden maze and simply redirected him to behind the Governor’s Palace.
Another eyewitness claims that Anderson saw a horse walking towards him, got in front of it and screamed, “cease all motor functions,” only for the horse to walk around him and its rider to shout for him to get out of the way.
Anderson was similarly rebuked by several female interpreters at the Raleigh Tavern, after he admitted he thought he was in a brothel and said that he was “looking for Maeve.”
After Anderson’s arrest, a Colonial Williamsburg official who looked vaguely like the actor that played Hannibal Lecter released a statement regretting Mandel’s loss of life and sending sympathy to his family. He concluded by stating, “We know that people love and are delighted by the close glimpse of early American history that we have to offer. Ultimately, it is the policy of Colonial Williamsburg that these violent delights have violent ends.”