Coretta Scott King picked up the mysterious package, opened it up and sifted through its contents. She handed the enclosed letter to her husband, Martin Luther King Junior. The message contained a sinister threat against the civil rights leader – and he had his suspicions as to exactly what kind of organization might be behind such a hideous note.
The typewritten letter covered a single page, and the author made it clear they had no respect for King. For one thing, they addressed him not as a reverend, doctor or even as Mr. King. Instead, they began the letter by calling him “King” and filled the rest of the note with multiple major typos.