Poison pen letter

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An anonymous poison pen letter to a former teacher. The German text says: You ... ass. We are glad not to have you at our school any longer. The letter also contained the mask pictured here.

A poison pen letter is a letter or note containing unpleasant, abusive or malicious statements or accusations about the recipient or a third party. It is usually sent anonymously. Poison pen letters are usually composed and sent to upset the recipient. They differ from blackmail, which is intended to obtain something, in that they are purely malicious.

In the UK, Section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act 1988 covers most cases of poison pen letters.[1]

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  1. ^ "Communications Offences: Legal Guidance". Crown Prosecution Service. 7 November 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.