"I know you're (sic)", reads what appears to be a poem written to the owners of Rickety Ranch in Hollis, New Hampshire.
For the past two years, the owners of the farm have dealt with letters like the one that was taken from this passage when trying to extort about $ 250,000, according to the FBI. Along with that, the farm has dealt with threats, destruction of property and animal cruelty.
"Just pay me (sic) and you will win," the letter continues. "It will be simple and fast, I left the instructions under the glass, on your lawn."
Now, the FBI says it will grant up to $ 10,000 to anyone who provides information on who is responsible.
"We've been investigating this for about a year and a half," said Brian O & Hara, a special agent with the Boston Division of the FBI. "During that period of time, many things happened."
The owners have received the letters since 2017. In return, the author of the letter said they would "avoid harm to the family," in addition to helping them resolve ongoing issues with the Hollis City government, the FBI said.
The owners also took care of burning their barn in January 2018 (the FBI is still investigating if this is related to the letters, according to O'Hara), as well as damaging their animals.
"There have been many, many acts," O'Hara said of animal cruelty. "Some wounded the animals, and others really killed them."
Now the owners are living in fear, even if something could happen to one of the children or young people who work on the farm, O'Hara said.
Rickety Ranch serves as an educational opportunity for children and adolescents to become involved and interested in farming, according to the farm's website. Many of the young people come from difficult personal lives or have disabilities; The animals are rescues.
"It's really like a charity," O'Hara said. "Now they are also worried that someone they hire may get hurt."
The publication of one of the letters of extortion was key, according to O'Hara. The FBI expects someone to recognize the writing, it is done in the form of an enigma or rhyme.
"The ruthless shakedown of this family and the use of violence to intimidate them will not be tolerated," said Harold H. Shaw, special agent in charge of the Boston Division of the FBI. "We are asking anyone with information about who is terrifying them to come forward and share that information with us so we can stop them and bring those responsible to justice."
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