This is a bizare story set in Lexington, MA. The town is one of the richest in the state. Too much time on their hands?
A flock of turkeys came to live in a neighborhood where they were enjoyed and gossiped about for years. Then they disappeared. Whispers turned to gossip and rumor and eventually to a police investigation (it's illegal to kill wild turkeys in MA). The investigation turned up no evidence to work with and the case was dropped. Accusers blamed one neighbor's boyfriend of shooting them all.
The following is part of a petition/letter sent to the 'accused' neighbor from the others. From this article: Turkey Tales
``There is a persistent rumor that someone in our neighborhood recently shot a family of five wild turkeys who have roamed about the neighborhood for the past several years. . . . People in this neighborhood are shocked and appalled."
The letter went on to outline that it was a crime to hunt turkeys and to fire a gun within town limits. ``Virtually all of the neighbors know about this unlawful act and hereby wish everyone to understand that turkeys are always welcome in our neighborhood; turkey killers are not."
One hundred and three neighbors signed the letter. Among them, teachers, doctors, engineers. Though it was widely understood who was suspected, no one confronted the woman or her boyfriend.
``Of course, she would just deny it," Post said.
Then last week a neighbor, Tom Fenn, brought over an e-mail from Post asking him if he had witnessed the turkey ``assassination."
``I daresay that you have the most immediate knowledge of this horrific act," she wrote, according to a copy of the e-mail in Osborne's possession. ``I know it's uncomfortable to witness against your next door neighbor's friend -- especially since you probably didn't actually eye-witness it. However . . ."
One of the two woman who instigated the petition erased her signature after getting 130 people to sign it because, she "didn't want to get sued."
Whatever happened, this has got to be one of the stupidest acts of humantiy.