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On edge, Henrietta families receive 'bloody' mail surprise

October 11, 2018 11:20 PM

Henrietta families are on edge after a handful of neighbors received a concerning item in their mailbox -- a joker playing card with what is made to look like blood and the date Oct. 31, or Halloween. 

"I don't know why you need to do it but I've faced bigger demons than you, so you need to stop," said Michelle Meyer, resident of Nevins Road who received one of the cards. "I want to think it's lipstick but it looks like blood." 

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Meyer shared the experience on Facebook and says she was contacted by several other neighbors that received the same "warning."  

"Is it a sign that they're going to come back on Halloween and do something to my property? To my dog?" questioned Meyer. 

Meyer says she believes at least six neighbors, including herself, received a card but so far the Monroe County Sheriff's Office tells News10NBC they received only two formal reports.

"I think the intent was to scare people and I don't understand why this was funny," said Meyer. 

In criminology, a calling card is any type of object left behind by a criminal at the scene of a crime; a way to taunt authorities or claim responsibility. 

It was a popular method used by Heath Ledger's character, the Joker, in "The Dark Knight." 

In 2008, two teens replicated the prank and were charged with conspiracy to commit terror after leaving playing cards with threatening messages at several department stores.

"It seems small and I want to hope it's a prank but you can't assume it's a prank," said Meyer. "Not anymore."

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Beth Cefalu

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