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Wacko mail author identified, questioned, let off easy

For years I’ve been accused of sending out bizarre snail mail- often photocopied, cut and pasted, taped together. Sometimes it has my return address, sometimes it has someone else’s- and I would get it, too.

I’ve had letters written back to me from Mayor McLin, Maureen Pero- thanking me curtly for my “notes”- for a long time, it severely damaged my reputation. I wrote about it on the site [1] to let people know it wasn’t from me back in January of 2007, but the mail had been going out for years. In September of 2007 [2] I posted offering a reward- and included a profile of the person-

I’d called the postal inspectors, the Dayton Police Department and the Oakwood Police Department. No help. I’d talked to the F.B.I. – no help. I got an anonymous tip one day pointing out someone – but the lead didn’t seem to pan out. About three months ago, someone with more juice than me got the police department interested and the word is that they brought someone in on Monday. He admitted he was behind the mail- and said he’d stop.

The person fits my profile pretty well- and some of you may know him:

As a teenager, Sidney Schultz had no intention of staying in Dayton and running the family business. The plan was to become an English professor.

Yet here he is, closing down General Surplus Outfitters later this month after 60 years in business downtown at Third and Patterson.

via News summary | Dayton Daily News [3].

While I’m relieved that this nutcase has been caught, it doesn’t undo the years of damage he’s done to my reputation. The next question is if the prosecutor will press charges, or if it will be up to those of us who’ve been disparaged.

I hope to get the full details from the Dayton Police tomorrow.

And, if any lawyer is interested in taking this case, please let me know. Payback is going to be expensive for Mr. Schultz.

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Wow. And here I thought it was going to be Gene.

Greg Hunter

Who says it was not?  Have not seen him post in a while.


Sorry to disappoint you Larkin. I have not posted in a while. I have had enough of the “walk to work tax credit” as a solution to our problems.


Hi Gene, Good to see you’re still out there alive and well.


@David…what did you find out about criminal charges and such?


I knew this man many years ago.  Now that he has been identified, the clues seem so obvious that I feel bad about the fact that I didn’t piece it together and bring it to an end before so many people were injured.  What was/is his beef with you, anyway, that would make him to go to so much trouble?

the editor

Dee: some people are just straight bonkers. ain’t no accountin for crazy.

Sandy Raffel Cranmer

I am trying to locate Sidney A. Schultz who graduated from Fairview High School in Dayton, Ohio in 1967 …. I am a classmate! While doing research to find out if he still lives on W, David Road … I ran across this piece and laughed my ass off – thoroughly enjoyed it.

Am still trying to locate Sid Schultz and if possible would appreciate any info toward that objective …. THANKS!

Sandy Raffel Cranmer (FB name)

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I have known Mr Schultz for some twenty years. He is one of the finest human beings I’ve ever known. Without faults? I’m sure not, but who among us is? This level of trite behavior is not his style. Looks like you were reaching for a headline on a slow week in the newsroom. I realize this is an old article but I’m shocked nonetheless at it. Garbage.

Bubba Jones

Kind of funny that Donna Hogsett has “known Mr. Schultz for some twenty years” but it has taken her nine years to come across this thread. Why did she come across this thread today??? Was she Googling Mr. Schultz?? Why would she be doing that? I don’t think that most normal people spend much time Googling their friends and acquaintances for no reason. Did he do something that is causing her to do a little web investigation about him? Inquiring minds want to know!

Methinks that Ms. Hogsett may be full of hogwash.


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