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Spokesman-Review gets letter from writer who threatened Dolezal

Staff Report

Another letter that appears to be authored by the same person who sent a packet of threatening photos and racial rants to Rachel Dolezal earlier this year has been received by The Spokesman-Review.

The letter was mailed from Oakland, California, and date-stamped June 15. The letter – sent to “All NAACP Branches” – is a rambling note that criticizes the civil rights organization and Dolezal, who resigned last week from her post as president of the Spokane NAACP.

It was mailed to the newspaper from Oakland on the same day Dolezal departed Spokane for an afternoon flight to New York City to appear on the “Today” show. It arrived at the newspaper Thursday morning.

The writer refers to himself or herself as “War Pig (Ret.),” before changing to “Sgt. X.”

The earlier letters were considered hate mail and spurred a police investigation. They have been among the storylines that have unmasked Dolezal as a racial poseur and possible hate-crime fabricator in the aftermath of her repeated claims that she has been a victim of harassment, burglary and death threats.

View images of the mail here.

Spokane police Officer Teresa Fuller said the investigation into Dolezal’s hate-crime complaints remains suspended and that the new mailing from “War Pig/Sgt. X” is unlikely to restart the inquiry.

“I don’t think another letter is enough,” Fuller said.

There has been a good deal of speculation that Dolezal is behind the hate mail she received. She reported receiving a letter in the NAACP’s post office box with no postmark or time stamp in late February signed by “War Pig.”

The name matches that of other letters received in early May by city officials, police and a Spokesman-Review columnist, all of which were sent from Oakland.

Dolezal had visited that city about three months earlier, from Feb. 17 to 19, on city business with the Police Ombudsman Commission, according to city records and reimbursement receipts.

Spokane police were unable to determine how the letter to Dolezal arrived in the NAACP post office box without being canceled. Postal workers have been cleared of purposely bypassing protocols to stuff the post office box, leaving few other scenarios – that either a rare mistake was made by postal workers, or that somebody with one of the two keys issued for the box by the post office planted the mailings.

Dolezal had one key. The other key is checked out to another NAACP official.

A second mailing that Dolezal received from the “War Pig/Sgt. X” letter writer, sent from Oakland in May, apologized for the February package of violent photos and writings.

The NAACP declined to comment Thursday and Dolezal is not responding to interview requests.

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