I got a reply to the letter I sent out two weeks ago. It was short and to the point, and I guess in hindsight it’s probably exactly the response I should have expected, but in another way, I know there was something ‘off’ about it.
The letter I sent was very simple and lacked any reference to my current situation – I certainly wasn’t going to send a complete stranger a letter about horrible dreams and supernatural monsters. I told them who I was and who my grandfather was, and I said I was looking for information about him for a family genealogical study. I said that I had gotten the name address from some his old correspondence, and I wondered if the recipient had any information about my grandfather that they would be willing to share.
The reply was very direct and felt somewhat aggressive, if that’s possible in a letter. It was from someone named Roger, not the person named in the original return address but seeming to know them, and is stated in no uncertain terms that I should ‘mind my own business’ and ‘leave the past where it belongs’. He then stated that his family didn’t want any of what I was ‘selling’ and specifically said that I should burn the contact information and never attempt to contact them again. There was the not so subtle hint of an implied threat, as well.
I can understand people being leery of strangers in this day and age, of course, but to answer a simple request for information about a family member with such hostility, it makes me think there’s more to it than simple fear of strangers. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, maybe they were a victim of con men or something; that kind of thing happens all the time, I know. Telling me to burn the contact information though – that’s a red flag for me lately.
I guess the address is a dead end, technically, but I feel like I got a weird kind of confirmation from it anyway. Not that it will help me sleep any better…