During a winter night on November 5, 1863, a fire was mysteriously started within the Liddell household. Before the event, Alice witnessed a figure entering the house that night. However, she convinced herself that she saw a centaur instead, and that the sounds coming from her sister's room had been Lizzie talking in her sleep when it really was the one who entered the house raping Lizzie.  The figure (or centaur to Alice) locked Lizzie's room with her room key and fled the house. Alice did smell some smoke before she fully awakened but was too busy being immersed in her daydream, something which would later cause her psychological guilt.
Another point to ponder: In an era when journalistic exposés are the coin of the realm, how is it that after more than thirty years (and “More than 4 million copies sold”), no intrepid reporter has managed to track down the identity of Go Ask Alice ‘s “anonymous” author? That in over three decades, none of the people who knew this poor girl — friends, relatives, teachers, classmates — has ever identified or spoken about her is truly amazing. Our government doesn’t keep classified secrets so well.