KKK letters left in Lee

Published Jun 13, 2018 at 4:00pm

TOWN OF LEE — Recruitment letters from the Ku Klux Klan were discovered along driveways in the Town of Lee Tuesday and early this morning, law enforcement officials said. It is possible they are connected to a similar letter campaign in Westmoreland one month ago.

Hilson Drive resident John Grabowski said he was out for a walk this morning when he spotted little baggies at the ends of his and his neighbor’s driveways. The baggies contained a letter from the Ku Klux Klan and a miniature Snickers candy bar.

Hilson Drive is a U-shaped roadway branching off Hawkins Corners Road, just west of Route 26 in Lee.

The letter is a screed against homosexuals and the government. The letter urges readers to “join the Klan & save our land” and visit their website. The
letter also provides addresses to a “National office” in Michigan and a “State office” in New Jersey. No local addresses are mentioned.

“Given the nature of the country these days, I’m not surprised it’s come to our little community,” said Grabowski, adding that “It’s blatant hate. It’s blatant bigotry. Nice people can’t stand by and let this happen. It’s a slap in the face to the respectability of our community.”

Sheriff Robert M. Maciol said his office is investigating several complaints from Lee residents about the letters. Maciol said his office is trying to determine if the letters match similar baggies that were apparently left by the KKK in the Camelot Village community in Westmoreland on May 10.

“Obviously, there was no crime committed” by leaving letters in driveways, Maciol explained. “People were concerned with the content of the letters, so they called us.”