R.I.P. Mystery


Our co-founder, reporter, editor, publisher, proofreader, comments moderator and business manager, Nancy Chapman, lost a dear friend last week.

While visiting family in New Jersey in 2019, Nancy discovered there was a stray cat living on the property. The first clue was footprints in snow but no one got a good look at the cat for six months, even if she was accepting food, as she was terrified and did a great job of hiding. Nancy’s mom named the little fluff monster “Mystery,” an accurate description of the cat’s provenance, and of course the name stuck.

Over time, Mystery crawled deeply into Nancy’s heart. So it was a tragic moment when Nancy found Mystery’s lifeless body in the street outside of her mom’s house, probably hit by a car.  Some of you already may know, Nancy is a cat whisperer – losing a friend is hard for anyone, and Mystery was a beloved friend. We are sorry for your loss.

John Levin

On behalf of the Chapman Hyperlocal Media Inc. Board of Directors


CT-Patriot October 23, 2021 at 3:57 am

If you’ve never owned a pet, you have no idea the pain that results from loosing your friend.

They give their affection to you no matter how bad your day was. Unconditional love.

May Mystery rest in peace and may the Chapman family find their strength.

George Orwellian October 23, 2021 at 10:56 am

My condolences to you Nancy.

I have had stray cats all my life and some that nobody wanted turned into the best friends in my life. Just remember the memory’s and they will always be with you. You gave Mystery a good life and that is what’s important.

Larry October 23, 2021 at 6:10 pm

Mystery was an extremely beautiful girl, and – based on her demeanor in the photo – appears to have had a warm and beautiful disposition to match her fetching good looks…It’s easy to understand how she could have found a special place in Nancy’s heart.

My heartfelt condolences Nancy. Those of us who have experienced deep love for our animal companions know how painful this loss can be. May you be comforted by the warm memories of the special relationship you shared with this special girl.

(John- thanks for sharing this with us.)

Michael Schuman October 23, 2021 at 11:05 pm

You have my sympathy for your lost friend I am a cat lover who had to take my cats to the humane society because I had to move, I miss my little buddies.

BOB GIOLITTO October 25, 2021 at 9:04 am

My condolences Nancy. Our pets teach us unconditional love and hopefully it rubs off on us. Kudos to you for rescuing Mystery. Rest in peace.

Red headed movie star October 25, 2021 at 9:11 am

My heart felt condolences to you. Losing a pet is so difficult-Blessings to you as you travel the road of grieving.

Shari Brennan October 25, 2021 at 10:40 am

She was loved and gave you love.
A wonderful gift when she entered your lives. So sorry for the loss of Mystery.

Audrey Cozzarin October 25, 2021 at 11:49 am

Dear Nancy,
So sorry for the loss of Mystery. We, like the other folks commenting here and in our community, have taken in many a stray kitty. It’s a huge loss when they are gone, and I wish cats an dogs lived longer lives than they do. Our current kitty, Little Man”, “found” us as a 5-month-old apparently dumped in our neighborhood. We gave him a home and now he’s 6 and has been a strappin’ lad, a wonderful companion, smart and agile, outside most of the time, handsome, friendly and full of character.

I always feel humbled that an animal actually wants to live with us, grace us with its presence. It’s a bond and love between species that is beyond words. Mystery lives on in your heart, and our hearts now, too.

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