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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 »

Cops Arrest Texas Actress Over Ricin Letters

She originally blamed her husband, authorities say

(Newser) - A woman who told FBI agents her husband had sent ricin-tainted letters to President Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been arrested for allegedly sending the letters herself, law enforcement officials said today. It was not immediately clear what charges would be filed against Shannon Richardson of New... 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 »

Letter to Obama Had Ricin; Senate Building Evacuated

Police questioning man with a backpack

(Newser) - A letter containing a "suspicious substance" was sent to President Obama and intercepted at the White House's off-site mail center, according to the Secret Service, and the FBI has confirmed that it has tested positive for ricin. It arrived yesterday, the same day as a letter addressed to... More »

Willa Cather's Lesbian 'Shame': Finally Put to Rest in Letters?

Debate about her 'sexual psychology' has raged for years

(Newser) - Willa Cather's letters are coming to print after decades of scholarly frustration and debate about her sexuality, the New York Times reports. But be warned: The Selected Letters of Willa Cather, which reveals her emotional attachment to women, is short on steamy details. Still, it reveals a complex, humorous,... More »

Ron Paul: I Didn't Write That 'Race War' Letter

Candidate 'disavows its content,' says rep

(Newser) - A rep for Ron Paul would like the clear things up—or at least one thing: The candidate did not pen a 1993 direct mail letter that warns of a "coming race war in our big cities" and a "federal-homosexual cover-up on AIDS." The eight-page letter was... More »

Capitol Hill Buried in Avalanche of Angry Mail

One office seeing 1,422% more mail than in 2002

(Newser) - Could the USPS' last great hope be angry Americans? An avalanche of letters and emails are pouring into Congress, with offices reporting that they're dealing with, in one case, as much as 1,422% more constituent-penned correspondence than they did in 2002. Politico reports that House offices are seeing... More »

John Lennon's Letters to Be Published

'Pen and ink were his medium,' says publisher

(Newser) - "Society only likes dead artists," John Lennon once wrote in a heartbreaking letter. "I'm afraid Yoko and myself cannot oblige." That note was scooped up by a private collector for $13,000, but soon some 200 other letters, postcards, and doodles of Lennon's will be available... More »

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