The Truth about the Dead Letter
A DEAD LETTER* is any letter denoted solely by the symbol of the Cult of Eventide. The symbol as it is widely recognized today features a large, circular emblem almost exclusively stamped in black ink (although rarely seen written in in red) with four symmetrical points around it, believed to represent the four seasonal Gaelic festivals are Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasadh.
There is little information regarding this ominous symbol of death and the elusive cult it represents. Urban legend widely recognizes Dead Letters as a foreboding omen for the receiver, although followers of the phenomenon also staunchly warn postal workers who come in contact with this letter to dispose of it immediately for his or her own safety. Furthermore, it is said that he or she who possesses a Dead Letter is marked for death.
One particular case allegedly linked to Dead Letters is the disappearance of US Postal Worker Michael Swenson in 1998. Swenson’s body was discovered a week after he mysteriously vanished, but the details of his alleged murder were largely kept confidential at the request of his older sister – his only surviving family member. Rumors of his supposed contact with a Dead Letter were rampant at the time the case was overturned.
While the Swenson case was still pending in court, an online forum hosted by an anonymous, self-described “watcher” of the Cult of Eventide began posting grainy pictures of an unidentifiably mauled human lying between four candles. Aside from being brutally maimed, the body was cut into four quarters. All of the pictures also featured the cult’s sinister symbol. The host website was quickly seized by authorities and subsequently abolished, but can still be resurfaced on some of the darker caches of the web. Followers of the Dead Letter phenomenon were quick to claim the human remains in the pictures were those of Michael Swenson, though any real relation between the two incidents was never publicly resolved.
The Cult of Eventide to this day remains a myth, and in fact, most investigations revealed the letters as simple pranks. Physical evidence of the cult’s existence has never been found, although many consider Dead Letters to be somehow associated with the cult’s activity.
*The commonly accepted term “Dead Letter” also refers to letters considered “dead” by postage standards, meaning the letters always lack a return address and even occasionally lead to “false addresses.”
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