Somewhere between leaving the train station at Euston and arriving at Crewe to spend Christmas with his grandmother, something irreversible and terrifying happened to Sam Lowe’s brain.
As the 13.46 train pulled out that Christmas Eve, the genial, outgoing 20-year-old politics student was in effect leaving behind his sanity and travelling into the realms of fear and delusion. He arrived at his destination in a psychotic state, not knowing where he was or why he was there. He thought he was dead.
The festivities were overshadowed by his weirdness. “Sam was sleeping all day, eating all the Christmas food in the middle of the night and roaming around being a bit scary,” says his mother, Philippa.
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