I have to agree there. Eye witnesses to all of history, including history some people don't WANT remembered? Ugly.Guardsman Bass wrote:What would fascinate me the most would be how thick and amazing the world history of the past 1000 years would be, with virtually all the first person accounts from every level of class, race, and so forth down there (those that haven't turned into insane wrecks, at least). Someone could write a history of the American Civil War from virtually every possible viewpoint from Abraham Lincoln to various confederate housewives just off the first-person accounts alone combined with good archaeological and existing histories, assuming they could be located in Hell. It would be incredibly exciting, at least for me.
The first example's right here to hand. Now that the death portal's been taken, *BANG* go most unsolved murders. You just wait for the victim to come flying through the portal and wake up in the hospital at Hellcamp Alpha, then start questioning them.
Unless you've got Lon Chaney's gift for makeup and disguise, it's going to be a stone-cold bitch to commit any sort of arms-reach murder. I predict a sudden upsurge in murders committed by long-range sniping, poison, and pre-arranged "accidents" (ie, cutting the brake lines on someone's car...)
There's an old story, originally published in Analog magazine decades ago, about a group of friends who assemble around a man named Mike who invents a time viewer. It's crude, awkward, and can't relay sound (at first), but it allows them to view through the whole of history. And they're shocked at all the lies.
They decide to do something about it, publish the truth... but how? They don't have the power or money to survive the storm of hatred and retribution their initial revelations would create. Then they have an idea. They'll make movies!
They shoot REAL historical footage, inter-spliced with low-budget actors for the closeups, and voice actors to replace the sound. They do Alexander the Great first, then Rome, and a few others. But when they get to recent history, things get tense, and it's when they do the combined movie about WW1 and WW2 that things explode. Because they start naming names and telling truths. And when sued for libel, they tell the truth of where their film came from.
The world goes INSANE.
"E For Effort", by T. S. Sherred... scary story. And I suspect that, for at least a while, the same thing might happen.