I’m not one to usually post about direct mail, but I received something so strange over the weekend that it’s time to dive way below the line and see if anyone can solve this little DM mystery. It came by way of a small manila envelope. For my address, it uses a typeface I’m sure most of you have seen before—one that looks, at first glance, handwritten. The envelope bore no return address and had a hard-to-make-out postmark—all I can tell definitively is that it’s from Illinois. Inside the envelope is a small note, handwritten but Xeroxed, saying, “Over the next year you must try to copy and give this information to 100 people. If you won’t do something then who will?” And now, drum roll please, the envelope’s main contents: a 19-page diatribe about how 9/11 was orchestrated by the U.S. government. As with everything else in the package, it’s sophisticated in that it appears to come from someone I know—all 19 pages are handwritten, if Xeroxed. (In fact, the two stamps it took to mail it don’t even match, and are haphazardly affixed to the envelope.) I won’t bore you with the details of the document itself except to mention that in addition to containing long passages about the alleged misdeeds of the usual subjects (Cheney, Rumsfeld, Dubya), it manages to weave in the Zapruder film and the plane crash in which Payne Stewart died. Interestingly, the document refers to 9/11 as S11 throughout, but Googling different phrases that contain the term “S11” doesn’t exactly solve the mystery of who is behind this; there are simply way too many 9/11 conspiracy sites out there. Has anyone else received this? And does anyone know who, besides maybe Charlie Sheen, is behind this? At any rate, while people are entitled to their opinions, it’s appalling that someone would do such a mass mailing and not have the courage to say who they are.
—Posted by Catharine P. Taylor