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composed or sent maliciously and usu. anonymously, as an anonymous letter.
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'We also received more than 10 letters, including poison-pen letters, with information on corruption with a basis for an investigation,' she said when asked about letters on corrupt practices received by the MACC.
Dirk's tormentor goes out of their way to prove they aren't to be messed with, but when he receives another poison-pen letter, he's suddenly convinced the culprit may be a lot closer to home than he originally thought.
His latest poison-pen letter cites statistics from a paper that was subsequently retracted by the journal that published it (Social Science Research) because it was so badly flawed as to invalidate its conclusions.
After a minister read out and tabled in parliament an anonymous letter casting the most appalling aspersions on top judicial officials, one cannot but wonder when - and not if - the Rajapaksas would legalise the use of poison-pen letters as sufficient evidence to convict anyone of any crime.
Police have arrested a man on suspicion of a "malicious poison-pen incident" after a shop assistant in a Marks and Spencer store in Leicester received a live tarantula in a gift box in the post.
The truth comes out when Carl suspects that Chloe wrote the poison-pen letters that ruined his relationship with Chas.
Chas is livid when she finds out Chloe (Amy Nuttall) wrote poison-pen letters and faked her pregnancy to Carl King (Tom Lister).
A couple victimised by a former vicar in an 18-month poison-pen letter campaign spoke yesterday of their ordeal.
One of them, who sent poison-pen letters, has now been caught and is understood to be receiving psychiatric help, but the other is still at large.
Radio 4 POISON-PEN letters, dead goats and the cat is getting precariously close to getting out of Siobhan and Brian's bag.
Cognizant that bad press and poison-pen letters to the editor grabs the attention of the Bay Street financiers, the city intends to have a public relations strategy in place to ensure that local success stories and updates on ongoing city initiatives are heard.
Franziska Muller, a member of the Kunsthaus's exhibition committee, wrote a poison-pen letter about the search, then sent it to local collectors, cultural types, and journalists.