Mystery threat astounds Snow
By HUGH KEARNEY
COUNTRY music-loving pensioner Snow Foster is at a loss as to why anyone would send him an offensive and threatening letter.
Snow, whose tale of bad luck with a planned trip to the 2004 Tamworth country music festival was recalled in the Daily News last week, has been shocked and shaken by the contents of the letter delivered to his Bilambil Heights home.
When the 73-year-old widower opened his mail he couldn't believe what he saw.
Inside the envelope, Snow found a cutting of his story from the Daily News with threatening remarks written on it, including "We'll get you" and "Never ever" printed under the story heading "Tamworth not on for Snow".
"I don't know why anyone would do this, I just don't understand," Snow said.
"There is nobody in the whole wide world I can think of would send something in the mail to me like that.
"I've never done anything to hurt anyone, I am an honest man trying to live a peaceful life here in the hills," he said.
"I am very, very upset.
Snow has suffered several bouts of poor health since his wife of 49 years, Betty, died in July 2000. And just before the planned trip to Tamworth last year, his son Alan was involved in a serious car accident in Snow's car.
Then, the disappointment of the crash which put an end to that trip was magnified by the realisation that an insurance claim would not be worth the trouble because of the policy excess.
To make matters worse, Snow said he missed out on the refund of his green slip insurance because he never received the registration plates back when he sold the damaged Commodore.
"If it wasn't so tragic, it would make a good country song," he said with the hint of a grin.
He has reported the letter to police.
A spokesperson for Australia Post said it was a Federal offence to send a threatening letter through the post, which carried a penalty of up to two years jail.
The matter will also be investigated by Australia Post.