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The Circleville Writer

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posted on Apr, 5 2016 @ 11:03 AM
Those who don't know about the circleville writer in 1976 Mary Gillespie a school bus drive began receiving threatening letters accusing her of having an affair with a school official telling her to come clean or they would expose the affair. She kept the letters from her husband. However, later her husband Ron also got a letter and confronted her about it. They along with other family members thought they knew who the writer was sent a letter to this person. The letters apparently stopped for a time.

Then Ron received a phone call and stormed out of the house and got in his truck with his gun to meet the writer. Several hours later they found his body and his truck were found wrapped around a tree. Ron's gun had round fired, his BAC was .16 though according to friends and family was not a drinker. Police ruled the death a accident. This seemed to upset the Writer and dozens of people received letter accusing the police of a coverup.

The letters continued into the early to mid 80's. The writer eventually began posting signs along Mary's bus route. After seeing one of these signs she stops the bus (with kids in board) and tears it down. Attached to the sign was a length of rope leading to a second box. She brings the sign and box on to the bus and opens it to find that the rope is to a trigger of a revolver.

Police take the gun and all and are able to raise the serial number. The gun is registered to Mary's brother in law Paul.
He was arrested for attempted murder. According to Paul the police gave him the original letters and asked him to copy them as close as possible. These copies were then used to prove he wrote the letters. He was convicted and served 10 years in prison mostly in solitary confinement. Regardless the letters continued during his entire imprisonment. Paul himself received a letter telling him he would never get out.

The TV show
Unsolved Mysteries
profiled this case in 1994. The Writer sent the show a letter as well which read "Forget Circleville Ohio: Do Nothing to hurt Sheriff Radcliff: If you come to Ohio you El-Sickos will pay: The Circleville Writer"

Several things about this case strike me as odd don't add up.
It was later discovered that Mary and the school really did have an affair but claim it started after the letters were sent.
Who did Ron Gillespie fire his gun at and where?
Ron was reported to be not a drinker but managed to drink himself to 1 1/2 times the legal limit at the time, today it would 2 times the limit in OH?
The way in which the handwriting samples were taken seems to me to be the wrong way to do it. Giving Paul the original letters to copy would make him prone to try and imitate the writing style.
While Paul was in prison the letters continued even during his Solitary Confinement and had no access to write or mail the letters.

A more recent story about the case the Lineup

posted on Apr, 5 2016 @ 11:32 AM
I lived in Circleville for several years. I forgot all about this story. Thanks for bringing it up again. Hopefully there are some fellow ATS members who have some insight.

posted on Apr, 5 2016 @ 11:46 AM
a reply to: jholt5638

Interesting and thank you!
I wonder why THIS family would have been targeted?
Isn't it odd that the woman and the man wound up having an affair after all?
It is almost as if once the 'seed' had been planted there was no escape of fate...

This will be fun to look into.

posted on Jun, 6 2016 @ 11:02 AM
a reply to: jholt5638

Who did the Gillespie family send a letter to that caused the letters they received to stop for a short time? Seems like that should be explored a little further.

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