A 63-year-old woman from Indiana was arrested Thursday after police say she left a racist letter aimed at a black child on the door of her neighbors’ recently-purchased home, reports the Kokomo Tribune.
Deborah Cantwell, 63, of Greentown, Indiana, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of intimidation and criminal mischief last week. She was also hit with a protection order that states “stalking has occurred” and prohibits her from contacting the family.
“No N***ers wanted in this neighborhood – THIS IS A WHITE NEIGHBORHOOD – some people find N***ERS stressful due 33 years of NEGATIVE experience and it causes serious health issue – ANXIETY AND STRESS causes my health issues to worsen – I am under strict order to remain stress free – cannot be stress free if I have to look a the n***er kid day in and day out……” Cantwell wrote, according to the affidavit viewed by the Kokomo Tribune.
“We moved here to a WHITE TOWN, ALL WHITE NEIGHBORHOOD – FOR HEALTH REASONS AMONG OTHER THINGS…PERHAPS YOU SHOULD HAVE CONSIDERED THE NEIGHBORS BEFORE BRINGING A N***ER KID INTO THIS NEIGHBORHOOD,” she continued.
“YOUR N***ER KID IS NOT WELCOME,” she added.
The final paragraph read: “YOU CAN SELL YOUR HOUSE AND MAKE MONEY ON IT RIGHT NOW,” read the last paragraph. “BY THE WAY HOPE YOU HAVE DEEP POCKETS.”
The father of the family contacted the Howard County Sheriff’s department on Saturday, October 13, to report that his family’s Greentown home had been toilet-papered and a racist letter attached to the door.
The family, who had just purchased the home, informed law enforcement that they suspected Cantwell was responsible for the incident.
The father was previously told by the home’s seller that Cantwell was opposed to the family moving into the neighborhood because of their black son.
“I am stressing now that we are going to get black neighbors,” Cantwell reportedly texted to another person, whose name was retracted from the affidavit. “I am hoping that more people look at the house and an all-white family are the ultimate buyers. I am afraid the stress of black neighbors could put me in the hospital.
“My blood pressure is elevated just thinking about the possibility.”
Cantwell, in an Oct. 18 interview, admitted to police that she authored the letter out of anger and also toilet-papered the yard.
“I mean, the blacks get away with it every time,” Cantwell told an investigator, according to the affidavit.
“Just rage, I was trying to vent,” she added about the toilet-papering.
“I was just trying to let them know that they weren’t really … welcome as far as us. … I just needed to let off some steam and it was the – I’m not a violent person so I didn’t think it was any big deal,” she later added.
When asked if she was remorseful for what she’d done, Cantwell said: “Yes and no. I am sorry that it caused so much ruckus, but I feel like I released some anger writing that letter.”
A GoFundMe page titled “Raising money to fight a hate crime” has been set up by the family to pay for legal fees, a fence, a security system and “anything else that we may need.”