I was skimming through Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar and I saw some things that struck me as baffling. First, upon finding the tent, the rescuers apparently hacked at it with ice picks to get inside.. talk about damaging evidence. I was left to wonder if the so called cuts from the inside that the hikers made, were really just damage the initial rescue party had made. They even drank the medical alcohol found in the flask in the tent... Now, I'm not sure if any of that is true, in fact, from the shoddy translations, conspiracy theories and flat out disinformation revolving around this incident, I'm not sure what to believe. But, if things like that are true and did happen, it's a glimpse into just how shoddy the quality of this investigation might have been. Then we have the lead investigator going off talking about glowing orbs and potential moon men being behind it all, no wonder Moscow had to reign him in.. the whole thing seems less and less like a conspiracy to cover up a dark secret and more like an attempt by the Soviet government to save face from an embarrassingly incompetent and fouled up investigation..