Fan mail…emphasis on “mail”

I got a letter today addressed to “The Charlie Project.” Inside were some notebook pages written on in marker, inquiring about the Billy Gaffney case and do I have any further resources about the boy’s tragic murder. The letter-writer says he lost a seven-year-old brother once and Billy apparently reminds him of his brother.

I can certainly supply those resources, but I am scratching my head. Why did the author not simply email me, and save the cost of a stamp?

6 thoughts on “Fan mail…emphasis on “mail”

  1. Tracey Reitterer December 7, 2010 / 10:14 pm

    I’m guessing the writer is an elderly person who has been told about your website, but is not too familiar with computer programs, and is alot like my 81 year old mom. She does not keep up with technology, and would still rather write old school letters by hand then communicate by email.

  2. marycarney December 8, 2010 / 12:00 am

    Yeah, no everybody has email – or wants to have it for that matter.

  3. Carol in VA December 8, 2010 / 8:19 am

    Good morning. Letters are more personal and she’s sure you’ll see it. JMO.

  4. Peter Henderson December 8, 2010 / 9:32 am

    Hi Meaghan,

    Outside of the reasons mentioned above one reason could be the software in this persons PC.

    A few months ago I sent you a e-mail about a missing adult. If you remember the MySpace page set up for her indicated she had been found. When I started to send you the e-mail I found out my PC did not have the needed software to make the connection. I solved that by cut and pasting you e-mail address to my e-mail account. I think it’s possible that this person did not know how to do that, so they sent you a letter.

    Another possibility is that they were using a public computer at a library or senior center and did not have access to a e-mail account.


  5. Kat December 9, 2010 / 11:21 am

    All of the above, or a weird hoax type thing.

  6. jodie December 15, 2010 / 5:18 pm

    Could be someone who’s in jail and has no access to email.

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