Ellwood City Puzzled By Mysterious Mail

By Mary Robb Jackson

ELLWOOD CITY (KDKA) – More than a dozen typewritten unsigned letters with unreadable return addresses were delivered in Ellwood City and Wayne Township in Lawrence County.

“They were all post marked from Johnstown, PA, Feb. 17, 2011,” says Ellwood City Police Officer Chris Hardie.

Nothing really sinister, but unsettling all the same, KDKA’s Mary Robb Jackson reports. Some of the strange unsolicited letters contain poetry.

“This particular one says, ‘Look forward and never behind toward memories we strive to find,’” Hardie said.

Others have old Germanic alphabet or Runic symbols dating to the Second Century. It’s all too weird for those getting them.

“Mystery in the Mail” is front page news in the Ellwood City Ledger. Reporter Eric Poole was also a letter recipient.

“It doesn’t look to me like a threat,” he said. “It looked to me like somebody stretching their artistic legs.”

Something very similar happened in Polish Hill two years ago.

Those also had poems. One had a dollar bill with a little tag signed, “Love, Lenka and Michael.”

Those letters – all 620 of them – were sent by British artists Lenka Clayton and Michael Crowe whose mysterious letter project has puzzled people in towns and villages around the world.

The artists claim they are trying to get people talking and bring communities together.

“Well, they are bringing the community together,” Hardie said. “They’re definitely getting to know the police department.”

The Chief of Ellwood City Police is not amused, saying this is an art project that had scared some people and wasted valuable police resources.

  • Janie

    I’ve been following the story of these letters and it’s pretty fascinating. The theories that people are coming up with are great. Who doesn’t love a good mystery? Highly doubt they’re related to the Pittsburgh letters, which were interesting too, but the style of these seem much different.

  • Jake

    Wow, those seem pretty cool. I’m sorry to hear some people were freaked out by them. I would have really enjoyed seeing something like that in my mailbox.

  • BOB


  • Lefty Louie

    She’d be too busy having her paid employees working on her campaign to notice! ;-)

  • JEFF


  • Jeff

    Wow how completely weird and stupid. Making people paranoid will not bring a community together, except maybe a lynch mob….

  • teachelr

    I received one of the letters and it is all in some type of symbols or characters. I looked up different alphabets and the one that is close is Japanese. It is a mystery to be solved and based on the stamp I hope they are wishing me a Happy New Year and a Good life. What a mystery.

  • rmsbl4

    It looks liketoo many people have been reading Dan Brown’s books like The Da Vinci Code,Angels & Demons and The Lost Symbol.

  • tam

    The police chief really has his panties in a twist, huh? Lighten up tough boy.

  • ffrred

    I think those symbols are coded messages. The letter posted in the Ellwood City Ledger has a bunch of numbers under the poem, while another letter I say has a string of “random” letters. It would be neat if someone tried to figure out what it all meant.

  • Laura

    Maybe Charlie Sheen sent the letters, hes been a little off his rocker lately

  • kar

    I think it’s really neat. The world is so full of hatefulness and negativity that this is kinda refreshing. I would be thankful to be on the receiving end of one of those letters!

  • barbara

    Then tell the idiots not to call the police unless it is an emergency or a real problem. When the fitst cop saw what it was why didn’t he say “what do you want me to do about it”? It is not against the law to mail a letter unless of course it has anthrax in it. I don’t recal anyone citing they saw a white powder.

  • Kay

    And people are getting worked up about these and calling the cops??? Good grief. You get one, you read it, maybe you laugh about it…and you toss it in the trash. Big whoop.

  • Guest

    Is the Unabomber writing again from prison?

  • thorin

    so out of all the bull sh!t that comes in the mail the police have to be involved in non threatening forms of expression, and a waste of valuable police resources, lol, what a joke. welcome to George Orwell’s 1984 police state. the police should be investigating the credit card companies, utilities, and wallmart shopping adds for deceptive practices and false advertisement because they are the real criminals.

  • julio vegas

    If I lived in a place called Elwood City, I guess I’d expect that from Barney Fife, I mean the police. Does he investigate people’s spam they get in their emails too?

  • Chad Kelsey

    OJ DID IT.

  • B.H.O

    Obama and his crew of liers and thieves did it I HAVE PROOF

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