In 1937 Bill Wilson had turned the parents home of his wife Lois Wilson on 182 Clinton Street into a flop house where he could experiment on drunks he picked up on street corners with his chanting rituals and ceremonies. He had amassed quite a following with Ebby T, Oscar V, Russell R, Bill C and Florence R and Bill C while sending his wife out to work and pay for his cigarettes and the mortgage. Out of the 4 followers he had his wife supporting for his experiment, 50% ended up committing suicide. Bill C., a Canadian lawyer killed himself using the kitchen stove next to the famous coffee table now proudly displayed at the Stepping Stones compound on 62 Oak Road in Katonah, New York and Florence R killed herself in 1941 after writing "A Feminine Victory" for the first edition of the "Big Book" that was removed from the subsequent editions.
For some reason a 50% suicide rate from the original followers of Bill Wilson being experimented on at 182 Clinton Street is forgotten and Bill C who was 1 out of the 4 or 25%, was made into a martyr to sell Big Books to support the adulterous lifestyle of Bill Wilson. Florence R was disowned from the fellowship as quickly as could be done by removing her contribution to the Big Book in the very next edition. Talk about gratitude.