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Wynand's murders

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Wouldn't Roark inquire Wynand about the murders before he became his friend? Early in the section about Gail Wynand and his career, it said, when all the shady bribery and crimes of Wynand's early career was listed: (paraphrasing) "Noone could prove that the Wynand Papers were behind the fire that burned down the clothing store and killed 3 young women."

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Maybe Roark didn't know since he wasn't so interested in what was going on in the world, except for architecture, etc, but still, Rand should have addressed this, don't you think? Wouldn't a person like Dominique ever mention it?  

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Do you have an exact quote? A few words would be enough. I can find it on the Objectivism-CD and post a more extended version here. 

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"A fire broke out in a sweatshop employing thirty young girls. Two of them perished in the disaster. Mary Watson, one of the survivors, gave the Banner an exclusive story about the exploitation they had suffered. It led to a crusade against sweatshops, headed by the best women  of the city. The origin of the fire was never discovered. It was whispered that Mary Watson had once been Evelyn Drake who wrote for the Banner. It could not be proven."

This is after many such instances of things that "could never be proven" are listed. Page 425. 

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I haven't gone back to see if Rand meant us to believe Wynand was the culprit.

If she did, then I would assume Roark knew it too and that this formed part of the basis for his hatred of the banner. 

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