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After receiving chilling letters from convict, woman lives in fear

December 7, 2010 |  6:17 am

Letter sent to a woman by a patient with a criminal history of violence and psychiatric problems.

Sent from Patton State Hospital by a patient with a criminal history of violence and psychiatric problems, the letter had an affectionate opening — "Dearest Suzanne" — and ended with a promise "to see you and be reunited as two common people soon."

The woman who received the unwanted letter and a phone call in September from a man she'd never met appealed to officials at Patton for help. Instead she was told that the hospital in San Bernardino could not even confirm that the letter writer was a patient there.

Suzanne — who would speak only on condition that her last name not be used in this article — believes that the hospital, part of a state agency, is more concerned with safeguarding the privacy rights of a convicted felon than in protecting, or even warning, a member of the public.

Read more: "Criminal's letters leave San Diego woman in fear."

See the letters: "Letters from a ‘mentally disordered offender.' "

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Image: Part of a letter sent to a woman by a patient with a criminal history of violence and psychiatric problems.

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