We live in a digital age where people prefer to communicate via text and e-mail. Everything you post online leaves a good footprint. So how can you send a message without leaving you ever been there?
Of course, you could write an old-fashioned anonymous letter. But every hastily written note is a treasure trove of evidence. Experts can read in every loop and swirl of your handwriting, fingerprints indicate your DNA, and a postmark will reveal your location.
Here are 10 crimes where the writer desperately wanted to communicate, and what he sent contained so much more than just a few lines on a page.
10 Deadly Delivery
It was Sunday night in the quiet town of Nairn, Scotland. Alistair and Veronica Wilson put their children to bed when the doorbell rang. Veronica wanted to answer, while Alistair read a story to her boys. At the door stood a man in a baseball cap, asking for Alistair Wilson. Veronica went back to the children and sent Alistair to the door.
He returned confused shortly afterwards. The man had given him an empty blue envelope called "Paul." The couple was not sure what to do. But Alistair was intrigued and went back to see if the man was still there.
Moments later, Veronica heard loud bangs. She went downstairs and found Alistair. He had been shot three times. The man was gone and the mysterious blue envelope was gone. Alistair later died in the hospital.
A rare handgun from the 1920s was drained in a drain, but no DNA was found. The police was a mystery who wanted to kill the 30-year-old bank employee. What did the empty blue envelope mean and who was Paul? There were no answers and the case is open. 
9 Last Warning
On December 3, 1998, Mark Jensen found his wife Julie dead at her home in Wisconsin. He called the police and explained that she was fighting depression. It seemed a tragic case of suicide until Julie's neighbors handed a sealed letter to the police she requested. In part it read:
"I pray that I am wrong and nothing happens. , , but I'm Mark suspicious. , , and I am afraid of my early demise.
An autopsy revealed that Julie had died of antifreeze poisoning and suffocation. Mark was charged with murder.
Julie's letter was at the center of the trial, but it was also controversial. There are strict rules that give criminal defendants the right to challenge prosecutors. The defense argued that Julie deliberately designed Mark outside of the grave. 19459011 
The court made an exception and classified the letter as a "dying declaration". The jurors later described the letter as "a clear road map" when making their decision, and Jensen was sentenced to life imprisonment in February 2008. After some legal action to free him, Jensen saw his resumption in 2017.  Letter from the Past
Three prisoners from Alcatraz fled June 1962. Brothers John and Clarence Anglin and Frank Morris tunneled through a ventilation duct with sharpened spoons, crawling to a waiting raft of raincoats and accordion bellows The hair-covered paper maché heads from the janitor's shop were left in their beds so the guards could find them.
Alcatraz is two kilometers from San Francisco Bay and many doubt that the prisoners would cross the river
In 2013, the TV news channel KPIX 5 went live a handwritten letter originally sent to the San Francisco PD. It read:
My name is John Anglin. [ . . . ] I am 83 years old and in bad shape. I have cancer. Yes, we did it all that night, but hardly! If you announce on television that I'm promised not to go to jail for more than a year and seek medical treatment, I'll write you back so you know exactly where I am. This is not a joke. 
The FBI tested the letter for DNA, fingerprint and manuscript analysis, but the results were inconclusive. The mother of the Anglins said she regularly received cards from her sons. Family members even claim that they attended their funeral – disguised as women.
The case is still being investigated by the federal authority.
7 Priceless Pet
Joe Joe, a Gray Parrot, was the most beloved pet of Cara Cosson of Bedford, England. For 17 years he entertained his owner by dancing to Motown and screaming, "Yum! I want something "when she cooked meals.
In February 2015, Cosson's house was broken into. Although nothing else was taken, Joe Joe's cage was empty and a message had been left. In letters from a newspaper states:
"Will your bird back alive. Contact Police – Bird dies slowly and painfully. 
Joe Joe was never found despite cash rewards and a social media campaign.
6 A narrative error
Robert Durst inherits a real estate empire worth 650 million US dollars. His wife Kathie was missing in 1982. After the police resumed the case, Durst fled to Texas, disguising himself as a dumb woman. In 2003, he killed and dismembered his neighbor, Morris Black, but was not found guilty after self-defense.
In 2000, his girlfriend Susan Berman was shot dead at home before talking to Kathie about the police. LAPD received a handwritten letter with a word "Cadaver" and Susan's address. The police believed the killer led them to the scene. The address on the envelope was falsely written as "Beverley Hills" rather than "Beverly".
In 2015, HBO made a documentary The Jinx about Durst's criminal connections. Susan's stepson was interviewed and showed letters from Durst to Susan with the same spelling mistake and the same handwriting.
Durst was arrested in March 2015 for Susann's murder hours before the final episode of The Jinx aired. 
5 False Witness
Nijole Siskeviciene, 44, found She was strangled and dumped in a garage in October 1998. She had only been in London six days after she arrived from Lithuania to look for work.
The police received two anonymous letters allegedly from neighbors. One read: "A girl was carried out of a house by two black men. [ . . . ] I'm not much help or I'm too old, I'm scared to go to my door. 
The second letter also said that two men would have picked a wife. However, this writer expressed an unwillingness to comment: "I'm sorry, I do not want my family to act that way."
The police believed that the letters were real. Nevertheless, the case became cold.
In 2010, James Kennedy was arrested for drinking and driving. Kennedy had changed his name to Citro and had moved from London where he lived near the victim. DNA linked him to the murder scene. The police ransacked his home and found stationery that corresponded to the letters sent 12 years ago.
Citro was arrested in December 2011 for at least 20 years.
4 Heart Of Stone
J.P. Getty was the billionaire founder of the Getty Oil Company. In July 1973, his 16-year-old grandson John Paul Getty III was abducted in Rome. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of $ 17 million and called with his mother, Gail, "Get it from London."
J.P. Getty, from the UK, declined and said, "If I pay a penny now, I'll have 14 abducted grandchildren."
Gail received a letter from her son stating:
I fell into the hands of kidnappers. Do not let me be killed. Arrange things so that the police do not intervene. You absolutely must not understand this thing as a joke. Try to contact the kidnappers in the manner and manner in which they tell you. Do not inform the public about the negotiations if you do not want me killed. 
Three months later, John Paul's ear was sent to a Roman newspaper. Finally, his father, John Paul II, negotiated a ransom payment of approximately $ 3 million to J.P. $ 2.2 million (tax deductible maximum). The remainder consisted of a loan that J. P. gave his son 4 percent interest.
After his release, John Paul III tried to call his grandfather to thank him. J.P. Getty declined the call.
3 The Long Goodbye
On December 23, 1974, best friends Rachel Trlica, 17, and Renee Wilson, 14, were planning a Christmas shopping in a mall in Fort Worth, Texas. Neighbor's daughter, Julie Moseley, 9, asked the girls to join them. The trio promised their families to be home by 16:00. They never returned.
Witnesses reported seeing them at the mall, and Rachel's Oldsmobile was found in the parking lot, a gift pack in the backseat. The police were alerted and the families came into force to search.
On December 24, Rachel's husband Tommy found a letter in his mailbox saying, "I know I'm going to catch him, but we just had to go. We drive to Houston. See you in about a week. 
The letter was signed, Rachel, but the "I" was turned to an "E". The envelope was to "Thomas A" Trlica ", not" Tommy ", and was postmarked that day.
The FBI manuscript analysis was considered inconclusive. No further evidence was found. The families continue to search for three girls who have never come home.
2 Between The Lines
John Tanner visited his student friend Rachel McLean in Oxford. Alone in their rented house, the two argued. Sometime on Sunday, April 14, 1991, Tanner killed Rachel and hid her body under planks. He took the bus to Oxford Station where he wrote a letter to his love:
"Imagine seeing your friend at the station. It was nice of him to take you. [ . . . ] I'm worried about you alone in this house. 
Rachel's roommates returned home and found their room empty. Her tutor sounded the alarm when Rachel did not take an exam. The police contacted Tanner and he described the mysterious man who brought Rachel home by elevator. He agreed to a television appointment, and a witness brought Tanner to the station alone.
Rachel's hidden body was discovered and Tanner was arrested. He admitted he killed Rachel. However, he denied the murder and said he had "cracked" when she ended the relationship. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in December 1991. In 2003, however, he was released after more than eleven years of service.
1 Letter of Hope
When Julie Keith cleared the attic, she found Halloween decorations he had bought her local Kmart in Oregon. When she opened the fake gravestone kit "Totally Ghoul", a letter fell out. A mixture of English and Chinese symbols in blue ink reads:
"If you occasionally purchase this product, please send this letter to the World Human Rights Organization. Thousands of people here, persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) government, will forever thank and remember you. 
The letter came from Department 8 of the Masanjia Labor Camp in China. He described the harsh working conditions and said, "Otherwise they will suffer torture, beatings and rude remarks." Unsure of what to do, Julie asked on Facebook for help and the local newspaper The Oregon ran a story about it. In 2013, The New York Times tracked down the author.
Known as Sun Yi, he was a former engineer who joined the spiritual movement Falun Gong, which the Chinese government described as "a wicked cult. "In the run-up to the Beijing Olympics, group members were arrested and Sun Yi was sentenced to 2.5 years in Masanjia for" re-education through labor. "
Sun Yi would get up at 4:00 am and work until 11:00 pm to paint the plastic grave stones for Kmart in black. Over the years he had written 20 letters in secret and hidden them in the packaging.
Sun Yi was released in 2010. He gained access to banned Western news sites and found a story about Julie and his letter.
According to the New York Times article filmmaker Leon Lee contacted Sun Yi to keep his story a secret. Lee helped Sun Yi escape to Jakarta, where Julie visited him. Her emotional encounter is recorded in Lee's 2018 Masanjia Letter .
The labor camps were officially abolished in 2013, despite Amnesty International's denial. In October 2017, Sun Yi died of kidney failure at the age of 51.
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