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Newfound Letters From Alan Turing: 'I Detest America'

Collection of nearly 150 of the codebreaker's notes found in university filing cabinet

(Newser) - Alan Turing hated the United States. That's one nugget revealed in a trove of old letters recently unearthed in a storeroom filing cabinet at the University of Manchester. The Guardian reports the collection of 148 notes, which apparently hadn't seen the light of day in at least three... More »

After Mysterious Journey, 1914 Letter Found in Mail

It may have been dropped in the mail recently

(Newser) - When a mail carrier found a discolored envelope among his stash of letters earlier this month, a few things stood out, the AP notes. For one, the envelope had been slit open at the top, apparently by a letter opener, quite some time ago. For another, it had been mailed... More »

Sylvia Plath Letters Make Dark Allegation About Ted Hughes

Poet wrote that she miscarried two days after he beat her

(Newser) - It's long been known that American poet Sylvia Plath, who was married to the English poet Ted Hughes, suffered a miscarriage with their second child in 1961, a year before the poets separated. But now, unpublished letters Plath wrote to her former therapist and friend Dr. Ruth Barnhouse between... More »

All DNC Staffers Told to Turn in Resignation Letters

Tom Perez is cleaning house

(Newser) - It's housecleaning time at the Democratic National Committee: The party's governing body has asked all staff members to submit resignation letters dated April 15. Sources tell NBC News that the request was made soon after Tom Perez was elected as the new DNC chief in late February. A... More »

Jackie Kennedy's Love Letters to JFK's Friend Head to Auction

This 'level of intimacy' is rare, says Bonhams rep

(Newser) - Jacqueline Kennedy and David Ormsby Gore met frequently during John F. Kennedy's presidency, even taking shared vacations with their spouses. But by 1967, both were widowed and bonding over their shared loneliness. A year later, their relationship had turned romantic, at least on one side. Ormsby Gore—a close... More »

What Clinton, Bush Told Their Successors Released

Both men had plenty of encouraging words in letters left behind

(Newser) - It may be many years before the contents of the letter President Obama will leave in the White House for Donald Trump Friday morning are known to the public, but the notes from the two previous presidents to their successors can now be seen for the first time. In letters... More »

1934 Letter Reveals a Livid Bonnie and Clyde

Its 4 pages address one Raymond Hamilton

(Newser) - The cursive is Bonnie's; the signature, Clyde's. A four-page letter written by the duo in April 1934 is hitting the auction block in September, and it's a fiery one. It's addressed to one Raymond Hamilton, a one-time member of their gang who, at the time the... More »

'Unabomber': I Didn't Write Earlier Notes, Journos Are Dumb

Ted Kaczynski says 'some creep' wrote previous letters in his name

(Newser) - Ted Kaczynski may have been a prolific manifesto-writer before he was identified as the "Unabomber," but he claims he wasn't the one who penned letters to journalists earlier this year, BuzzFeed reports. The site had requested an interview with Kaczynski, who declined that interview, but he did... More »

John Paul Letters Show 'Intense' Friendship With Married Woman

32-year correspondence includes 'deeply personal' notes, pics

(Newser) - Photos and more than 350 "intense" letters from Pope John Paul II to a married woman he corresponded with for more than three decades have been found at the National Library of Poland, Deutsche Welle reports, via a BBC documentary. The notes and images—often showing the pontiff, who... More »

Man Opens Fireplace, Finds Century-Old Letters to Santa

Missives in NYC apartment belonged to turn-of-the-century Irish immigrant family

(Newser) - When Peter Mattaliano decided to redo the fireplace in his NYC apartment, he called his construction-savvy brother to help him bust open the sealed unit. "We were joking that we might find Al Capone's money," Mattaliano tells the New York Times . "Then my brother yelled to... More »

6 of Harper Lee's Personal Letters 'Trickle Out'

But they fail to sell at auction

(Newser) - The reclusive Harper Lee reportedly wrote to friends a lot in her younger days, but few letters have "trickled out" because of her desire for privacy, as the New York Times puts it. That changed today when six she wrote to friend Harold Caufield between 1956 and 1961—before... More »

Jackie O's Private Letters Pulled From Auction

They'll apparently go to Kennedy family instead

(Newser) - Personal letters written by Jackie Kennedy won't be going up for auction after all, reports the BBC . All Hallows College in Ireland has called off the sale after a barrage of criticism and is now talking with the Kennedy family on "how best to preserve and curate this... More »

Couple's Attic Find: WWI Love Letters

They're returned to relatives of soldier

(Newser) - A remodeling project that turned into a rediscovery: an Indiana couple found love letters dating back to World War I tucked away in their attic. A contractor hired for the home renovation found the letters in the couple's attic insulation; they were written by Clement Berger, a soldier heading... More »

Woman Finally Receives Letters Mailed In 1969

Including one from her late mother

(Newser) - The post office might not always be the swiftest when it comes to getting letters delivered on time, but that doesn't mean it won't eventually deliver them. Even if they're almost half a century later. Last week, Brooklyn's Susan Heifetz received three missives from 1969, one... More »

Robert Frost's Letters Might Salvage His Image

New volume could undo the damage of scathing biography

(Newser) - This month, Harvard will publish the first in a four-volume set of letters written by Robert Frost that might finally undo what Frost scholars call the "monster myth," reports the New York Times . That "myth" is largely the result of a decades-old biography by Lawrance Thompson that... More »

50 Years Later, You May Be Able to Mail Letter to Cuba

US, Cuba resuming talks this week on the subject

(Newser) - Since 1963, the only way to get a letter from the US to Cuba, or vice versa, was to go through a third country. That could soon change. The AP reports that diplomats and postal service reps from both countries are to meet in Washington this week to discuss the... More »

Husband, Wife Pin Ricin Letters on Each Other

Investigators say wife had specific knowledge of letters

(Newser) - The ricin letters sent last week to President Obama and Michael Bloomberg have resulted in a unique round of he-said-she-said: As CBS News reports, a Texas woman told cops that her husband may have been behind the letters, but he in turn pointed the finger at her, saying that he... More »

Ricin Letter Sent to Mayor Bloomberg

He never received it; NYPD says writer angry about gun laws

(Newser) - Someone angry about the push for stricter gun laws sent a letter believed to be tainted with ricin to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, says the NYPD. Police think the same person also sent a ricin letter to the DC headquarters of a group that Bloomberg helps run called... More »

Arrest Made in Ricin Case, Take II

Everett Dutschke faces biological weapon charges

(Newser) - Federal agents have arrested a Mississippi man in connection with toxic letters sent to President Obama and two others, and this time they mean it. The FBI took Everett Dutschke into custody early this morning in Tupelo, reports WTVA , and he has been charged with possessing and attempting to use... More »

Cops Arrest Suspect in Mailing of Ricin Letters

Paul Kevin Curtis of Tupelo, Mississippi, in custody

(Newser) - Federal authorities have arrested a man identified as Paul Kevin Curtis of Tupelo, Mississippi, in the mailing of letters laced with toxin to President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, reports the Clarion-Ledger . Not much is known about the suspect at this point, though both letters were signed, "I am... More »

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