NH Family Was Sent Odd Riddles Demanding $250K

The owners of the Rickety Ranch in Hollis, NH, have had a tough 2 years
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2018 12:57 PM CST
A copy of a letter released by the FBI.   (FBI Boston)

(Newser) – If the Rickety Ranch sounds to you like the name of a place that might appear on a TV show, you're right in one respect: There's plenty of drama going on around it. Officials say the Hollis, NH, farm has been on the receiving end of a bizarre extortion attempt that's involved rhyming riddles, vandalism, and animal cruelty. Now, the FBI is offering $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Per the FBI, owners Gary and Diana Bergeron have for two years received letters seeking $250,000 and seen thousands of dollars of damage done to their property. CBS Boston reports that in January, a fire burned a barn to the ground and totaled a nearby truck; farm animals and pets have been injured and even killed. More on the case:

  • What the FBI has to say in a statement: "The vicious shakedown of this family and the use of violence to intimidate them will not be tolerated."
  • The New Hampshire Union Leader reports the FBI is keeping certain details under wraps, like how many letters were sent and the specifics on the animals (though the Washington Post reports horses had their tails cut off), though it did release photos of two spaniels that were not killed but were harmed.

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