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Archived: Indiana Woman Arrested for Leaving Racist Note on Neighbor's Door

Deborah Cantwell, age 63, was arrested for leaving a racist note, which targeted their Black son, on the door of her new neighbor’s home.


An unidentified man called deputies to the new home he and his family were moving into on Thursday in Howard County because he found a disgusting note filled with racial slurs attached to the front door. The house had also been covered in toilet paper.

The letter read: “NO NS wanted in this neighborhood. THIS IS A WHITE NEIGHBORHOOD some people find NS stressful due to 33 years of NEGATIVE experience [sic] and it causes serious health issues.”

Cantwell admitted to writing the letter and defacing the home with toilet paper stating:

“I mean, Blacks get away with it every time. Just rage, I was trying to vent.”

She has been charged with misdemeanor charges of intimidation and criminal mischief.

The ornery racist even refused to apologize.

“I was just trying to let them know that they weren’t really welcome as far as us,” Cantwell continued. “I just needed to let off some steam I’m not a violent person so I didn’t think it was any big deal.”

“Just the sight of the child reminds me of all the things I live in this town to forget,” the note read. “Takes me back to the ns that beat my sibling bloody and bruised and police saying they couldn’t do anything because they are Black.”

The former neighbor who sold the house to the family informed them that Cantwell was opposed to them buying the house so when both incidences occurred, the father suspected the woman as the culprit.

When asked about how she felt, the boy’s mother replied: “I will forgive you one day, but for now you have instilled in all my heart, a fear I have never had before. You have instilled fear in my family, you have instilled fear [in] my children. This fear I have is crippling.”

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