Anonymous letter writing, particularly in the spiteful and hateful vein in which these were penned, is surely the most cowardly and despicable of acts. One of the curses of this modern Facebook craze is that it ignites strong passions, especially in the field of political debate. The last 12 months have seen this debate flare and burn strong on Waiheke, and both sides have at times allowed their passions to spill over into bitter, personal attacks.
But, prior to this shameful episode, no-one had taken the step of attempting to sabotage someone's career by writing to their employer and telling lies in order to not only damage their career but also, in the case of one particular missive, to try and get them sacked. Just pause and think about that for a minute. Can one sink any lower? I hope not.
The identity of the Poison Pen letters author is of course well know, both to the authorities and to those unfortunate souls who were the subject of them. An amateur criminal, for they left a trail of evidence a mile wide. So stupid! I have been urged to name names, but I think that might be inappropriate.
Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone deserves one final chance. But I do have some advice for this person. Walk away. Stay off social media, because clearly they unbalance you. Focus on what is important in life. And recognise that what you have done is a malevolent, vile act, of which you should be very, very ashamed. By Jerry Flay