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Incident Report for Case #2013-242987

Incident Type


Incident Date

08/07/2013 - 10:00 PM


Dunning St.


It was early August, and even in Wisconsin a dusting of snow was not in the cards. No one had been melting ice, and this didn't appear to be headed for any water softener. Perplexed, and perhaps a bit concerned that "it was some kind of curse," a 76-year old Dunning St. resident, with his wife's blessing, summoned the MPD. Their place had literally been sprinkled with clues.  A responding officer followed a white, granular trail up the couple's driveway and around the walkway. It didn't end there. More was poured and heaped around the entire exterior of the home. The couple told the officer a friend had stopped by, tasted the substance, and proclaimed it to be salt. With that, the officer peppered them with more questions. Did this unassuming husband and wife have enemies? Was someone out to get them? The officer learned the retired professors are no strangers to the stage, and in fact are quite active in the local acting community. "We know a lot of people, to include a lot of strange theater types," said the husband. "But they are all nice!" he exclaimed. The baffled couple said a neighbor had just done a little Google detective work. As a result, they learned that some believe the purity of salt protects homes from impure spirits, just like others use garlic to ward off vampires, or horseshoes to repel witches. So was this a crime scene, or an act of public service? Was someone trying to help them? Well, the couple knew of no unwelcome ghosts or goblins hovering about, and they've been here a long time – 40 years. They also had no idea who would be responsible for such a salting. They just thought police should know in case anything else suspicious happened in the neighborhood. The officer provided her business card, told them to salt it away, just in case.  

Released 08/08/2013 at 3:26 PM by PIO Joel DeSpain

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