Kimberley family living in fear following threatening letters

2019-07-02 14:36
Anuschka Malan and Francesco Mangiola. (Photo: Supplied)

Anuschka Malan and Francesco Mangiola. (Photo: Supplied)

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It sounds like the plot of a psychological thriller: threatening letters in the letterbox, a terrified family whose nerves are shattered, and a shadowy figure who might strike at any moment.

But this is the real-life drama of a family from Kimberley in the Northern Cape. They’ve been living in fear after someone put threatening letters in their letterbox.

Anuschka Malan (24) tells YOU she and her fiancé, Francesco Mangiola (39), have been living in fear since they found the first note in their letterbox on Monday 24 June.

They’d just arrived home from picking up their nine-month-old baby daughter from daycare when they found the ominous note.

“I have an import business in Kimberley and I receive packages and letters every day. But when I opened the letterbox last week and saw the crumpled note, my blood ran cold,” she says.

The note, which wasn’t in an envelope, warned, “Watch out! I know you’re alone – hubby’s at work. You owe me.”

“We immediately called the local security company. They searched the house before we went in – you wouldn’t know if someone was lying in wait.”

The security company found no intruders and there were no signs of a break-in.

That evening, the couple tried opening a case at the local police station. But Anuschka says they couldn’t because there’s no CCTV camera footage in the neighbourhood. Also, the note was handwritten and hand-delivered and there’s no indication of where it may have come from.

Then, on Tuesday, they discovered another anonymous note in the letterbox. This time it read, “Remember, you owe me! You won’t get away with it!”

Once again, the note must’ve been delivered while Anuschka was picking up her baby from daycare.

“It’s a heck of a shock. It’s really like something from a thriller. You don’t know what to make of it – is your life in danger?

“We know someone’s watching us and it’s a terrifying thought to know someone’s eyes are on you while you’re home alone,” she says.


Anuschka says she has a suspect in mind and shared her suspicions with police but at this point she has no actual proof.

The couple have since installed security cameras in and around the house.

“We’re living in fear. I don’t know if I’d be able to protect my baby or defend myself if someone were to really try to hurt us. But at least there hasn’t been a note since I spoke out on social media about it.


“Our only hope is that the person won’t come back and that this is the end of the nightmare.”

Captain Tessa Jansen of the police confirmed a case hasn’t been opened. She didn’t want to comment, saying only that local police would be in contact with the family.

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