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Sat Jun 19, 2021, 09:04 PM

handwriting sample reveals "friendly" neighbor has been sending harassing mail to gay couple for yrs

Handwriting Sample Ends Harassment For Gay Couple
A neighbor had been sending mail with homophobic slurs for years


A couple in a Boston suburb ended five years of harassment with a little creative detective work. And the neighbors who rallied around them to help have raised over $25,000 for the Milton schools Gay Straight Alliance. The harassment took the form of subscriptions sent to the gay couple’s home addressed to phony—and homophobic—names, USA Today reports. “We were being picked on because we were gay, and it had followed me into my 40s. I couldn’t believe it,” LeeMichael McLean said. McLean and his partner Bryan Furze were troubled by the intrusiveness of the mail, and were growing concerned that their son would see the homophobic slurs on the address labels.

One of the subscriptions their harasser signed them up for was the Boston Globe. But since they were already subscribers, the paper sent back the order paperwork. The subscription card, under the name “Michelle Fruitzey,” was handwritten. McLean posted an image of the subscription card to a neighborhood website along with a recap of the harassment, LGBTQNation reports.

A neighbor looked over local election records, found a name in the same handwriting, and sent the police to talk to the match.
The suspect, a close neighbor and fellow member of the Town Meeting, confessed, insisting it was just a harmless prank. In an attempt to flip negative into positive, McLean and Furze sold T-shirts with the message “#iammichellefruitzey” to raise funds to fight homophobia in their local schools.

https://www.newser.com/story/307570/handwriting-analysis-ends-harassment-for-gay-couple.html

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One community member scoured town election records to find the matching handwriting. He found a match, and a suspect was arrested May 13, McLean said.

During questioning, the suspect admitted to sending the mail and called it a prank that he didn’t think would require police involvement, officers told the couple. The suspect told the detective he sent the subscriptions because he didn’t like how outspoken McLean and Furze were and how the two, both elected Town Meeting members, voted.

“This person was intimidating and trying to silence us,” Furze said.

Milton Police chief James O'Neil would not comment on the identities of the victims or suspect but did confirm that the police department has filed a criminal complaint seeking to charge an adult male with criminal harassment. No charges have been filed.


The couple said the suspect was friendly and never displayed any outward hostility.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/06/18/gay-couple-harassed-years-handwriting-analysis-suspect/7726349002/

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Reply handwriting sample reveals "friendly" neighbor has been sending harassing mail to gay couple for yrs (Original post)
Demovictory9 Jun 19 OP
tanyev Jun 19 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 19 #2
oasis Jun 19 #3
ornotna Jun 19 #4
oasis Jun 19 #10
Lars39 Jun 19 #6
oasis Jun 19 #7
Lars39 Jun 19 #9
Demovictory9 Jun 19 #13
catrose Jun 20 #14
soldierant Jun 19 #11
oasis Jun 19 #12
Behind the Aegis Jun 19 #5
GulfCoast66 Jun 19 #8

Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 09:10 PM

1. "he didn't think would require police involvement" i.e.,

he didn’t think he would ever get caught.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 09:11 PM

2. Thank goodness, the neighbor was caught. A disgusting little "prank" indeed. n/t

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 09:31 PM

3. "Smiling faces sometimes tell lies"

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Response to oasis (Reply #3)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 10:21 PM

4. They smilin' in your face

Those back stabbers.

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Response to ornotna (Reply #4)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 10:58 PM

10. They often overplay their hand, as in this case. nt

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Response to oasis (Reply #3)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 10:42 PM

6. Had to go find that one...

Hadn’t heard that in a long time! Perfectly description of those rotten neighbors.

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Response to Lars39 (Reply #6)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 10:51 PM

7. Those are the most dangerous ones. nt

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Response to oasis (Reply #7)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 10:53 PM

9. Makes me wonder what other evil they've done.

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Response to Lars39 (Reply #6)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 11:53 PM

13. Memory lane!!!

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Response to Lars39 (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 20, 2021, 12:01 AM

14. And BS&T

[link:|]

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Response to oasis (Reply #3)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 11:33 PM

11. "That one can smile, and smlie/and be a villain."

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Response to soldierant (Reply #11)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 11:46 PM

12. Yup, it was a known fact long before Shakespear's "Hamlet".

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 10:26 PM

5. Just goes to show what many gay people already know...

...we are "gay" in your presence and "faggots" as soon as we walk out of the room!

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #5)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 10:52 PM

8. I just realized how long it has been since I heard that world.

When a kid it was almost a daily occurrence. But I bet it been a decade since I heard it. I’m sure it’s the people I choose to surround myself with.

Even my few republican friends are not bigots nor that religious. And although still Republican they also did not vote for trump. One of them even now supports universal government supplemented healthcare. Only because he is now an independent contractor and pays over 20K a year for insurance for a family of 4. But it’s a start. Last time we talked politics, which we seldom do he was thinking about registering Independent.

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