After receiving chilling letters from convict, woman lives in fear
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.' "
-- 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.