Man claims racism didn't motivate letter with photo of lynching

2014-07-15T17:15:00Z Man claims racism didn't motivate letter with photo of lynchingNICO SAVIDGE nsavidge@madison.com, 608-252-6147 madison.com

A DeForest man told police he sent an African-American family a threatening letter with a photo of a lynching because he was angry at their son, and not "for any racist reasons," authorities said.

Matthew J. Cimaroli, 21, was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer after police said he mailed a Stoughton family a letter in April that said "Your Days Are Numbered" and included a photo of two men being lynched.

Cimaroli originally told a detective he didn't send the letter and claimed the family's son stole money from him in the past, according to a criminal complaint.

When police matched Cimaroli's DNA with that from the letter's seal last week Cimaroli admitted to mailing it, authorities said.

He told a detective he first saw the photo in a textbook, then looked it up online and sent it to the family "as he felt it would be scary," according to the complaint.

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