Anonymous Creepy Letter
January 9, 2013 11:23 AM Subscribe
My wife received an anonymous creepy letter from someone out of state.
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (21 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My wife received an anonymous letter addressed to her workplace today. This person claimed to have the same name as her, but that's not surprising - my wife has a very common name that pulls thousands of results in any internet search.
This individual says that although he/she doesn't know my wife, they enjoy writing letters and chose my wife to be the recipient only because they supposedly share the same name. The writer of the letter claimed to be an English major, but the letter was filled with blatant misspellings. This person, who claimed to be a female but had handwriting that looked male, let my wife know they would be writing from time to time on a variety of subjects and claimed they were not imprisoned or insane. They then included a return address (which isn't accurate - see below) so that my wife could respond if she wanted it to stop. The very nature of the letter and the fact that it was mailed from a city half-way across the country and totally unconnected with her makes me (and her) really, really worried.
There are a couple of things that are really troubling about it:
-According the the White Pages, there is a person with her name who lives on the same street, but not at the specific address provided by the letter's author.
-It was written in pencil - for some reason, an adult writing an anonymous letter in pencil struck me as odd.
-My wife's workplace never updated their website with her name, and she is not listed anywhere online that would give this information up easily.
-They specifically mentioned a book in the letter, a book which does include anonymous letters written from and to unknown individuals.
-A Google search of my wife's name doesn't put her remotely close to the top of the search results. Her name on Facebook doesn't include her last name. A LinkedIn search pulls hundreds of people with the same name as her. In other words, she truly is indistinguishable from the thousands of other girls who share her name.
What would you do in this situation? Has anybody ever heard of this as a prank? We've contacted the local police station, who told us there is nothing they can do about it. Is there anything else we can do?