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Black woman accused of pretending to be Ku Klux Klan member

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Story at a glance

  • A Black woman was charged with making terroristic threats in letters to her neighbors in an Atlanta area community.
  • The Douglasville Police Department said in a statement 30-year-old Terresha Lucas was charged with eight counts of making terroristic threats.
  • “The notes threatened to burn their houses down and kill them and said that they didn’t belong in the neighborhood,” DPD detective Nathan Shumaker said in the statement.

A Black woman was charged with making terroristic threats in letters to her neighbors in an Atlanta area community in which she claimed to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan and threatened to burn down their homes and kill them, authorities said in a statement. 

The Douglasville Police Department (DPD) said in a statement 30-year-old Terresha Lucas was charged with eight counts of making terroristic threats. Lucas, who allegedly described herself in the letters as a white male with a long red beard from outside of the community, began leaving racist messages in her neighbors’ mailboxes in December, according to the department. 

“The notes threatened to burn their houses down and kill them and said that they didn’t belong in the neighborhood,” DPD detective Nathan Shumaker said in the statement. 


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“The letter is using the N-word, talking about the KKK, hanging people, killing kids, killing whole families, and setting houses on fire,” a person who received one of the notes told a local CBS station.

Additional notes were discovered on Feb. 17, Feb. 22, March 1 and March 3. The final note was delivered Sept. 6 after six months without threatening messages. Yet Shumaker said there were likely more messages than police uncovered. 

Before September, authorities said they had little evidence to pursue other than consistent wording and handwriting. But the evidence gathered on Sept. 6 linked the letters to Lucas and police were able to obtain a search warrant. Detectives found additional evidence during the search tying Lucas to the letters. 

Lucas is expected to turn herself in to authorities. 


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