Season 4

The Letter

Learn more about the letter that came with the flashlight bomb.

The package mailed to the Greavette home contained this typed letter, addressed to Wayne. Police believe the letter may hold a key to identifying the perpetrator.

Below is an interactive document where you can uncover important details.


Police determined the letter was typed on a Smith-Corona typewriter in all caps using a font called "Script 10/12" — the kind of font one might find on a school newsletter or soccer schedule. The daisy wheel had the model number 59543

There is a unique anomaly in the letter that police believe may have been caused by a bent arm on the plastic daisy wheel — a small backward slash after each period. 
Police believe this anomaly after each period was caused by a bend in the typewriter's daisy wheel.

However, despite extensive months examining the Greavettes' business records and those of other companies to see if somebody had ever sent or received another letter using the same font with the anomaly, police couldn't find another example that matched this letter.

The casual tone of the text demonstrates knowledge of Wayne, his business and associates. The letter mentions "rebuilding some equipment", and that Wayne "did some work" for a company the writer says they were with years ago. Police believe these details and others were intended to put Wayne at ease.

The two names mentioned — Lisa and Joe — are people Wayne knew. They were both fellow employees at S.E.R.G.E. Beverage Equipment, the company where Wayne once worked. Giuseppe "Joe" Zottich was a delivery man and Leesa Ervin a secretary. However, in the letter, Leesa's name is spelled incorrectly as Lisa.

This photograph was taken by police to show where the letter landed after the flashlight exploded. (OPP)

Details in the letter:

  • The supposed business name of Acton Home Products is underlined and in quotations. The business itself does not exist.

  • "William J. French" is a fake name that was unknown to the Greavettes.

  • The postal code was actually for a residence in Georgetown, which is a short drive away from Acton.

  • The postscript provides a chilling glimpse into the mind of the killer.


More evidence in Wayne Greavette's case: