Thousands of Creepy Letters
There’s nothing weird, of course, about sending a letter through the mail, but thousands of them anonymously sent to one small town?
That’s what happened in Circleville, OH (pop 13,000) starting in 1976. Residents from all walks of life began receiving these strange, missives in written block letters accusing them of various misdeeds. It is thought that the writer killed Ron Gillespie, who received a phone call from the writer and went to confront him; Gillespie drove off the road and was found dead nearby with his gun fired once. A man named Paul Freshour was thought to be the culprit and was put behind bars for attempted murder; he denied both charges. Even while he was in solitary, the letters kept coming until the 1990s and then abruptly stopped.