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Sick. Sick. Sick.

July 20, 2008

The bucolic village of Croton-on-Hudson is a little corner of Paradise where Happiness with a capital H reigns supreme. Or so one would have to believe to judge by the many protestations of sweetness and light by a small band of residents intent on proclaiming Croton to be a heaven on earth.

But suddenly there is trouble in Paradise. Someone out there doesn’t like Crotonblog. In fact, someone doesn’t like us so much that they took the trouble to mail a package of odoriferous material to us. It arrived yesterday.

Crotonblog is not so much bothered by the contents of this package as we are by the thought that among our neighbors there are people sick enough to go to the trouble and expense to do something like this. It is, we suppose, the ultimate poison pen letter.

Our initial impulse was to turn the matter over to the Croton Police Department. A wise friend advised us not to bother. It does not come within their jurisdiction, he pointed out. He advised us to turn the package and its contents over to the Postal Inspectors. According to our friend, the little-known Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement arm of the US Postal Service, have a high rate of success in solving crimes involving use of the mails. Those who have used the mails to defraud or threaten others have found to their sorrow that the Postal Inspectors are relentless and have ways of tracing mailed material or discovering the identities of such mailers.

To the list of those in Croton who have had their tires slashed, their cars keyed, or their houses egged, add the name of Crotonblog. We have been the recipients of a package whose disgusting contents were labeled “Gorilla Crap.” What is so disquieting to us is the thought that out there is a person who did this may be someone among our neighbors, perhaps even among our friends, Chaucer’s “smiler with the knife beneath the cloak.” Someone in Croton sick enough to consider this some kind of a joke.

But there was a telltale giveaway in the package, revealing that the sender was not so clever after all. Crotonblog thinks the residents of Croton should know about the presence of a mentally ill person in our midst. The person who perpetrated this has done more harm to Croton’s image than any public airing of a difference of opinion could have caused.

Sick. Sick. Sick describes the perpetrator to a T, a letter in his name. We’ll withhold the rest of the clues to his identity for the Postal Inspectors. Crotonblog reproduces below a photograph of the contents of the package:

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On July 24, 2008 12:36 PM, weewill said:

Does it strike anyone else that none of the 5 or 6 regular posters on the ncn chat room have anything to say about this rotten package? Regardless of their protestations to the contrary, we know they read Crotonblog because they have their “immediate response team” ready at all times to respond to whatever is posted. They have opinions about every thought posted on Crotonblog but not a word on this outrage? The town criers, maria, her sidekick b. rooney, judith a., and carolyn g. had nothing to say. (To his credit, Bob Wintermeier posted a gentle rebuke.) Interesting?

Oh yes, I certainly do read the ncn chat room comments. As a matter of fact, of the 11,000 plus “hits” reported, half or more are probably mine. I think it’s important to challenge the most egregious of their misleading and erroneous spin on facts.

I hate that such ugliness happened in our community and sure as hell hope the person who performed this cowardly act is identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We need to know who this sick, sick, sick person is.


On July 22, 2008 3:52 PM, TeaDrinker said:

The hidden culprit behind acts like mailing objectionable material anonymously to Crotonblog is our technologically inept Mayor, who refuses to answer e-mails or use the Internet. Instead of replying to Crotonblog by posting responses on Crotonblog, Mayor Schmidt repeatedly attacked Crotonblog and two of its founders at Village Board meetings.

After such openly official incitement to irresponsible behavior, why is anyone surprised at what happened? The Mayor and his cohorts continued their vehement attacks regularly until ex-Trustee Don Daubney publicly counseled them to knock it off—bluntly calling their actions “a waste of governmental time.” Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind, Mr. Mayor.

On July 22, 2008 11:38 AM, Storck said:

This is so vile and disgusting! Although we may not necessarily agree with everything posted on Croton Blog, this action is not warranted. The sooner this person is caught (and it appears to very, very soon!), the better for all of us.

On July 20, 2008 12:28 PM, weewill said:

The depth of shock and outrage knows no bounds for this reprehensible and cowardly act. All neighbors and decent Croton residents are justifiably angered and saddened by such poison. This ugliness leaves a brutal scar on our community that will not heal until the person or persons responsible are identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.



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