|“||The Durhams were two of the bravest and most honest women in Stain'd-by-the-Sea. If they arrested Mr. Willow, they thought he was guilty.||”|
The Officers Durham were two police officers in Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Their relation to each other (whether familial, romantic or otherwise) is currently unknown.
Twelve or Thirteen
A few years before Lemony Snicket's arrival in Stain'd-by-the-Sea, the Officers Durham were two women who worked as police officers in town. Moxie Mallahan describes them as the brave and honest and uncorrupt.
After the annual Ethan Frome Race, they were invited to Chase B. Willow's home for a party. During a game of hide-and-seek, a stolen painting of Gary Dorian was found in his attic, and the officers arrested him, before putting him on trial. Though he claimed innocence, he was found guilty and the Durhams sent him off to prison in the city.
- Their surname may be a reference to David Durham, one of the many pseydonyms of English mystery author William Edward Vickers.