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Sager: Authorities identify author of anonymous letters to Democrats

Police exploring possible charges against ‘The Phantom,’ ‘The Wizard’

Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager
Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager

Authorities have identified the anonymous author behind a series of attack letters sent to Woodstock residents who have signs supporting local Democrats on their lawns, Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager said.

“We have identified the individual responsible for the communications,” said Sager, who has been working with Woodstock police since the letters surfaced.

The Northwest Herald could not reach Woodstock police for details on the investigation, but Sager confirmed that authorities are reaching out to the residents who received them and exploring possible charges to hold the writer accountable.

The typed letters, signed by “The Phantom” and “The Wizard,” arrived in the mail last week for Woodstock Democrats Sarah Parisi and Lou Ness. The letters had no return address and attacked the residents for the signs planted in their yards supporting local Democrats.

“What you dunces do well is lie, cry, whine, resist and delay,” the sender wrote to Parisi, a 41-year-old mother. “Advertising you [low] intelligence quotients on your lawns show how brain dead so many of you lazy, weak introverts are.”

In a letter sent across the street to Ness, 70, “The Wizard” called her a “socialist” and included racial slurs aimed at African-Americans and the LGBTQ community.

Parisi called the Woodstock police, she said, and an officer made a photocopy in case future incidents occur. Sager said police immediately engaged in an “active, ongoing and aggressive investigation.”

The letters drew backlash from some of McHenry County’s Republican leaders, including state Rep. Steve Reick, R-Woodstock, and County Board member Christopher Spoerl.

“It is up to us to stand up and denounce these acts that are meant to assault, dehumanize and discriminate,” Spoerl previously said.

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