In 2009, a New York woman’s family found a letter written by her late father and a friend in which they detailed the hardships they endured as a result of their alcoholism and drug use.
The letter was sent in a plastic envelope and sealed with a wax seal.
The family never saw the envelope, and it was never returned.
The woman’s sister wrote the letters to her in a journal.
In 2012, the family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the estate of the woman’s father and the New York City-based law firm representing the estate.
The case was dismissed in 2015.
The New York family’s lawyer, Robert A. Cohen, told Business Insider that the woman never intended to harm her father or her friend, and that he hoped the case would serve as a warning to others.
“This case shows that a mother and her daughter can write a letter in their own handwriting that they feel is a threat to their father or their friend, but will not be prosecuted,” Cohen said.
“If that happens, then the entire process is tainted.”
The woman was not charged with a crime and was never prosecuted, according to the lawsuit.
Cohen added that the family believes the death letter may have been written as a prank.
“She was probably a very clever woman,” Cohen told Business Insider.
“I think that her letter to her father was a way to get his attention.
The letters were really very funny and very sincere.”