Beverly D. Eddy berichtet über Idilias Schicksal in seinem Buch: "Abbeys, Ghosts, and Castles – A Guide to the Folk History of the Middle Rhine". -
The Dubb family
One sunny summer morning the Dubbs’ seventeen-
Soon after this event Lahneck was purchased and the slow process of its restoration began. By 1862 it was possible to turn attention to Goethe’s famous tower – to repair its outer walls and to begin the construction of new stairs inside it. It was with shock and horror that the workmen came upon the skeleton of a young girl inside the ruined tower. They had found Idilia Dubb! Along with the skeleton of the girl they found pages of her sketchbook, and on them Idilia had recorded the horror of her final days. She wrote that she had somehow managed to get into the castle ruin, despite its state of decay, and had even managed to climb to the top of the tower on the rotted wooden stairs she found there. When she reached the top of the tower, however, the stairs collapsed and she was trapped upon the summit. For many hours she was optimistic about her rescue; after all, a steady stream of boats passed up and down the river and she was confident that people would see her frantic signals for rescue. See her they did, but no one passing on the river suspected her desperate situation. As she waved and shouted to them in her distress, the boatmen cheerfully waved back. To them she was part of the romance of the river – a lovely maiden atop a ruined tower. Days passed and Idilia suffered the pangs of slow starvation. She determined to leap from the tower and spare herself the final anguish of a slow death. No one knows whether Idilia leapt or not. Her skeleton was found inside, not outside, the tower ruin.