I was always fascinated by Jud Crandall. Having seen what he had seen, and heard what he had heard, why would he ever lead Louis to the cemetery?!
I loved the part of Pet Sematary with the returning soldier. I really want to see that if ever there's a new film version of the book. I also like your suggestion: it would be fun to see a younger Jud Crandall and his first encounter with the burial ground.
I'm going to have to go back and look at this.
The narrative gives us plenty of evidence that the burial ground (or the Wendigo) exerts a certain pull of its own, but I like to think that the larger part of the evil in the story is provided by the residents of Ludlow. People love their secrets. The only thing they love better than keeping 'em ... is telling 'em.