Circleville Letters

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READ THE LETTERS

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One of the main targets of the Circleville letter writer was a married school bus driver named Mary Gillespie .We really had a hard time trying finding any photographs of her and had to use her high school yearbook picture.

Mary Gillespie
Mary Gillespie

Mary Gillespie had been working as a bus driver for a number of years when the letters started in 1977. She is married to Ron Gillespie and has two children Tracy and Eric.

According to Mary she and her husband Ron had a close relationship with her sister in law Karen Sue Freshour but they were not close with Karen’s husband Paul Freshour. In court transcripts, Mary said relations between her husband Ron and brother in law Paul were “amicable” but not especially good. When asked if Paul Freshour made a habit of minding his own business Mary answered “no”. When asked by Paul’s defense attorney if she got along with Paul fairly well she answered “I suppose”. Mary also testified that she never felt threatened by Paul and that he had never asked her about her relationship with Gordon Massie.

Mary is pictured with other school bus drivers in the first row far right

Superintendent Gordon Massie is the man the letter writer claims was having affairs with Mary Gillespie and others. Massie moved up quickly through the ranks as an educator and was still quite young when he became superintendent of Westfall Schools. He was married and had a son who would have been a teenager when the letters started. Eventually Gordon and his wife would divorce and Massie would begin a relationship with Mary Gillespie.

Paul Freshour worked as a quality control inspector (Ron claimed supervisor) at the Anheuser-Busch plant in Columbus Ohio. Paul formally worked as a prison guard at the Ohio State Penitentiary. On August 20, 1968, prisoners at the Ohio Penitentiary rioted. Inmates in cell blocks C and D took nine guards prisoner- Paul Freshour was one of those hostages.

Paul Freshour was a US Army Veteran and held three collage degrees. Paul described Ron Gillespie as his bestfriend.

Ron Gillespie’s fatal accident

August 1977- Mary Gillespie was out of town with friends, her husband Ron stayed behind in Circleville. On Friday August 18th just after getting home from work Ron receives a phone call. Ron’s daughter was at home that evening, heard the call and believes that her father thought that he was talking to the Circleville letter writer. Ron grabs his gun, kisses his daughter and jumps into his red and white pickup truck. It is believed that Ron was going to confront the letter writer.

Around 10:25pm just a few miles from his house Ron lost control at an intersection, drove into a tree and was killed. The police found that Ron had a pistol with him and that the gun may have fired one shot Somewhere between leaving the house and hitting the tree. There was never any explanation of when or how this happened and no fired bullet was ever recovered. The police ruled Ron’s death as an accident. A toxicology report found that Ron’s blood alcohol was two times over the legal drinking limit. Most residents found this surprising knowing Ron wasn’t a heavy drinker. After this the family began to suspect the cops of covering up this tragic accident.

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POLICE REPORT-1977

Evidence Photos

Booby Trap Sign Crime Scene Photos

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in 1983, Mary Gillespie was driving her school bus near the intersection where her husband Ron had been killed several years earlier. Mary remembers seeing a disturbing sign that claimed her daughter Tracy was having sex with Gordon Massie . Mary was furious and she stopped the bus and got out to tear the sign down—the crazy part is Mary just narrowly missed being killed.

When Mary began to tear off the sign she noticed a box with a string tied to another post. Mary removed the box and returned to the bus and tried to open it. when she was finaly able to get through the thick glue holding the lid on she found a crude booby trap with a pistol rigged to fire.

Mary called the police, and they quickly discovered that someone had made a crude attempt to file off the gun’s serial number. However the police were able to trace the gun to Paul Freshour Mary’s brother in law. Paul insisted he knew nothing about the events and claimed that the gun went missing long before.

The Evidence

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State Of Ohio Vs Paul Freshour: Read the case file

The full story

Paul Freshour’s Plea for help.
written while in prison, this is Paul Freshour’s account of the Circleville letters. Paul maintains his innocence and asks for the FBI to investigate the case.

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