AFTER causing a whole lot of alarm and expectation throughout the world, the mystery of the strange ‘8-3-11.info’ page (http://www.euroweeklynews.com/2011072088184/news/costa-del-sol/the-belle-8-3-11-mystery-grows.html) has been explained.
However, the final answer to the puzzle of ‘Belle’ was not found by one of the thousands of people who had developed an almost obsessive interest in the site, but was instead revealed by the creators themselves.
It was not a campaign to promote a film, videogame or anything similar, but apparently nothing more than a teenage prank which got out of hand.
The whole explanation can be read at the site http://8-3-11.info/Water.html but the long and short of it is that the whole thing was random and nothing is going to happen on August 3.
The creator explains: “it started as just a summer project. A way to have a little fun. Admittedly it got way bigger than I ever could have imagined.”
“It was really interesting reading the ideas people were coming up with and a lot of people seemed to be genuinely enjoying themselves.”
“I was never in this to harm anyone. I never said something would actually happen on 8•3•11. I’m sorry if I upset you.”
“In the end, I think what people really wanted was a mystery to solve and they did it. It’s really wild to see what people can do when they work together like they did on this.”
The author points out that they didn’t do this to make money, and although a spin-off site selling merchandise appeared, they claim they are not related to this in any way.
The reason the mystery was revealed before August 3 is thanks to some of the more active investigators into the site who analysed the domain registration and found an address and identity of a Houston woman called Becky, which led them to search social networking sites and find connections with the site. This led them to a school art workshop where those responsible for the site had been making collages like the one with the faces of the two girls made into one.
Just hours after contacting Becky, the website revealed the mystery behind the whole project… or lack of it.