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Letter from the sniper

To the person who left us a message at the Ponderosa last night... We do want to talk with you

As the killings continued, the attacker seemed to be toying with his pursuers
Police Chief Charles Moose reveals that a letter found at the scene of the shooting at the Ponderosa restaurant in Ashland, Virginia, contained a chilling postscript: "Your children are not safe anywhere or at anytime." More than one tarot card is also found at the scene.

The letter contains a demand for $10m. According to reports, it also contains the words "I am God". It calls the police "incompetent" and says "five people had to die" because of this.

Reports emerge of several attempts by the attackers to contact the police. Telephone operators, according to the reports, hung up on the attackers, believing they were hoax callers.

The next day Chief Moose sends a message to the attacker through the media: "To the person who left us a message at the Ponderosa last night. You gave us a telephone number. We do want to talk with you. Call us at the number you provided."

Another televised message from the police chief reveals an individual thought to be the sniper has been in telephone contact, but the voice was not fully intelligible: "The person you called could not hear everything you said; the audio was unclear and we want to get it right. Call us back so that we can clearly understand."

The caller is male and has an accent, but experts cannot agree on the type of accent.

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