Susan Lachmann is a kind and caring person, who still feels love for her son despite losing him thirty years ago. She has a great deal of compassion for others who are grieving as well and wishes to bring something good from the horrible tragedy that made her lose her son.
Susan Lachmann grew up in New York City and eventually married her high school sweetheart, Jim. After college, they moved back to the city, buying a cheap home due to the low property prices at the time. Jim worked as a math teacher back then and Susan's first job was as a librarian. It was this simple world that Brandon was born into in the fall of ’75.
Susan and Jim raised Brendon as bast they could, encouraging him to become an avid reader even as a small child. Brandon grew up to be a shy boy, but an excellent student. Because of this, Susan was shocked when Brandon turned inward, seemingly troubled. She tried to give him his space, but he ultimately disappeared on October 29th. Although they called the police, they were of little help.
Susan spent all her time trying to find anything she could about his last day. She went to every book store, scoured the parks, and visited every library, desperate for something, anything. Then, in late January of ’87 she caught a break. A colleague had come across his name in the record of a book Brandon had returned just three days before he went missing. It was a book about the forgotten landmarks of the city and in it was the leather bookmark. It was saving his space in a chapter about the intact hidden subway station below City Hall. He’d filled the chapter with strange notes, confusing questions and thoughts. Susan believed he’d been unwell for some time, and she’d just been unwilling to admit it. He wrote about a plan that would allow him to escape this reality. A plan that would end at the subway station.
The police found Brandon's body in a service tunnel that led into the station. They told Susan and Jim he must have become trapped and drowned in only a couple of inches of water at the bottom of the tunnel. He was found along with his backpack and its contents, which Susan and Jim kept for years. However, the contents of the backpack was eventually stolen from the couple by The Devoted. Jim thought it was a good thing. He hoped it would help them move on. Over the years, Susan eventually came to terms with Brandon's death, ultimately culminating in the creation of The Forest of Darkening Glass website.