Comments: Moral Dilemma, No. 547

You already gave yourself the best bit of advice you could recieve when you wrote "female emotions...piss on them"; seriously.

Free yourself completely from involvement in prison letter writing. These guys have all day, day in and day out, to think up ways to scam people, and their creativity may surprise you. I once had a prison pen pal, a guy who wanted Frank Zappa tapes, so I recorded some for him. We struck up a correspondence, and he was intelligent and wrote fascinating letters, all of which were sent to a p.o box that left my address anonymous. Somehow he got my adress from his mother, and not only did letters arrive at my house, but my phone began to ring with various inmates I did not know calling up to ask for money. None of this was my pen pals deliberate fault, as far as I know, but in prison anything can happen. One of my letters was seen by another inmate, and one thing lead to another. I broke the whole thing off, changed my number, made it unlisted, and luckily moved thereafter. My pen pal never would tell me what he was in for, but I later discovered it was a molestation charge.
This guy did a lot of flattering, telling me he looked forward to my letters more than anything, and I realized if he got out, he was going to want to meet me. I got very cold feet. Being friendly and compassionate is one thing, opening your life to a potentially negative Darwinian influence is another.

My point is, no matter your best intentions, you are best to have nothing to do with it whatsoever....just my 2 cents.


posted by werbinox on January 25, 2005 01:32 AM

Pitch it!! Of course, IF it happens to get torn in the process of getting crumpled up and thrown into the waste basket and sheets of paper fall out, you may want to scan them to make sure there are no clues of hidden money under the floorboards,,,but don't tell us, coz I think it's a federal crime to open someone else's mail. I'm not a lawyer, Christina could help on this one!

posted by Michele on January 25, 2005 04:56 AM

"Trusty" mailbox. Heh. I get it.

As a former prison guard I can only advise you to READ THAT THING! Prisoner writing is awesome. Think "Belly of the Beast".

posted by Velociman on January 25, 2005 06:56 AM

Read it first, then trash it.

posted by catzmeow on January 25, 2005 09:52 AM

Okay Werb, I guess when I said "I decided to return the letter," I should have been more specific. I meant I decided to write "RETURN TO SENDER" on his letter and send it back to the psycho! Never did I consider penning a letter, and I was only hesitant to return HIS to him because I don't know when the guy's getting out, and he HAS my address...and thinks it's his!

As for the rest of you, I'm ALL about opening, then trashing...just looking for validation, feels weird.

posted by Key on January 25, 2005 11:02 AM

Read it, post the contents on your blog for the rest of us to read and THEN trash it!

Eavesdropping and opening mail addressed to others makes for excellent blog entries.

posted by DeAnna on January 25, 2005 11:21 AM

Ooooh, I like the way DeAnna thinks! I vote for her idea!!!

posted by WarWagon on January 25, 2005 12:06 PM

I say throw it away and forget about it, but ensure your personal survival tool is always close by.

posted by Sam on January 25, 2005 02:11 PM

I'd like to jump on the "read it, post it, then trash it" bandwagon. With names changed to protect the guilty.

posted by Adam Lawson on January 25, 2005 05:06 PM

Exactly. (Her name ain't "Sandy.")

posted by Key on January 25, 2005 05:10 PM

Oh hell yeah, you HAVE to make a blog post out of it now!

posted by Michele on January 25, 2005 05:43 PM

For heaven's sake, now that you've dragged all of us in on are completely obligated to read it and post the entire contents!! Like, duh! ;)

posted by DogsDon'tPurr on January 25, 2005 05:54 PM

Oh please commit a federal offense and then post about it! You're kind of anonymous. Those agents won't track you down.

posted by Velociman on January 25, 2005 07:25 PM

Ick, V-Man has a point.

posted by Adam Lawson on January 25, 2005 07:42 PM

I don't think I could bring myself to open mail intended for someone else. Even if it DID land in my mailbox.

So I went to throw it away, but it fell to the side of the trash can, and now my stupid paper-eating cat is tearing into the damn thing!

I'm just gonna try to tape it back together... ; )

posted by Key on January 25, 2005 07:57 PM

Enough of this already, Key. Just toss it already and get it over with. And posting it would be a bad idea.

posted by zonker on January 25, 2005 10:04 PM

Zonk, I'm beginning to think living here would be a bad idea...

posted by Key on January 25, 2005 10:22 PM

You do not want to get involved with this guy in any way, shape, or form. You also want to make sure he has no grudge against you. RETURN TO SENDER, right now, unopened, end of story. Anything else in unethical and dangerous. Just in case, buy yourself something nice at the gun show this weekend.

posted by slimedog on January 26, 2005 10:43 AM

I did that, the "return to sender" thing with the recent letter, the one I didn't lose.

This other is the "found" one, actually dated Septempter. I was hoping for release information. I'd kinda like to be out of this house before he gets out. Having built the house himself, I fear possessiveness issues.

posted by Key on January 26, 2005 12:33 PM
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