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Diatribe: Stick Figure Death Threats.


I’ve always been good at word puzzles.  I love crossword puzzles, Scrabble and Seek-A-Word magazines.  My grandmother, too, used to work puzzles all the time.  Sitting comfortably in her rocking chair across the room from the television, she would solve puzzles and circle words until late into the evening when the light began to fade.  She believed, as do I, that solving these puzzles was good for one’s eyesight as well as one’s mind.  Consequently, she always encouraged me to do puzzles, too.  We would usually have puzzle books on family vacations but, when the need presented itself, there was always Hangman to keep us occupied.

We would take turns dreaming up a puzzle, a clue, and then drawing the empty gallows in anticipation of inserting a stick figure once the game began.  When a particularly difficult or challenging puzzle was involved, I remember that we would add hands/feet/hats/glasses to the hanging man in order to give our opponent more chances to solve the puzzle.

Linda Joyce Lakes of Boise, Idaho has a different stick figure story to tell.  She was about to be released from prison but will now remain behind bars because federal prosecutors say she mailed a threatening stick figure drawing to a relative.  Lake, who was serving time on probation violations stemming from a 2007 grand theft sentence, was scheduled to be released last Friday when prosecutors brought new charges against her.

Apparently, in 2010 she mailed a drawing that depicted a battered stick figure alongside threatening phrases such as “No tears,” “No hiding,” and “No more you.”

“One stick figure appeared to be lying down with his face smashed. The baseball bat was lying nearby with damage that appeared to be consistent with its use on the first stick figure.  The second stick figure appeared to be walking away with a smile.” FBI Agent Kyle Wright in court documents

Authorities believe that she sent the threatening letter with the drawing to indicate that her prison sentence was coming to an end and that the recipient should be prepared for his final moments.  The FBI stated that Lakes told them that the drawing symbolized her hate for a man who had abused her in the past, and that one day she wanted to beat and possibly kill him.

Lakes was taken into federal custody where she waived a preliminary hearing on the charge and has not yet entered a plea.

I imagine one has to be quite angry to mail stick figure death threats from prison.  It’ll be interesting to see how this story ends.  I don’t think we have enough pieces of the puzzle to solve it.

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  1. The Real Barman a.k.a. The Drunken Assassin permalink

    Wow, extended sentence time from violent stick figure drawings? If this is true, half of my son’s first grade class is going to prison. Sounds like Texas justice to me.

    Keep the train rollin, D & O.

    The RB


  2. Sounds like some people never learn. Can’t wait to hear the ending.


  3. I thought prisoner’s mail was censored on the way in & the way out. If these figures were indeed considered threatening, then why weren’t they stopped by the people who screen the mail?


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