In a March 1979, Writer’s Digest interview, Jay Anson explained some of the misfortunes that befell those involved with the book’s development. A friend of Anson’s took some of the early chapters home to review and that night her and her two children suffocated in a fire. The only item not damaged was the manuscript. After Anson completed
the book, his editor picked up the manuscript and put in his trunk. He later drove through what he thought was a mud puddle; it turned out to
be a 12’ hole. Even though the car was completely immersed, the manuscript remained dry.
I wonder if these thing actually happened. Was there ever any documentation of this stuff? I have a hard time believing the 12 foot pot hole. Certainly such a large pot hole would be noticed. Someone would have seen it or there would be a police report on the accident.