'Nothing but vermin': 'Disgusting' letter left throughout neighbourhood

A vile letter has been found distributed throughout a neighbourhood, threatening a vigilante killing spree of some of the community’s most vulnerable, sparking a police investigation.

A resident found about 100 copies of the lengthy note signed off by someone who called themselves Night Lion, calling to eradicate the groups referred to as “nothing but vermin”.

“The city of Davenport has been infested with the diseased. The homeless, the addicts, the gang members and the like need to disappear permanently from our world,” reads the letter found in the Hilltop neighbourhood in Iowa, US.

A vile letter has been found distributed throughout an Iowa neighbourhood, threatening a vigilante killing spree of some of the community’s most vulnerable, sparking a police investigation. Source: Jay Santana

The letter writer accuses the police of doing little to curb the “risk” to the city and said “The Night Lion will soon rise” to take the matter into their own hands.

“The city of Davenport will soon bear witness to the to the swift and bloody hands of the Night Lion’s justice.”

Jay Santana, who found the letters during a walk last Friday called them “concerning”, while sharing a copy of the letter to Facebook on Saturday, which has been shared almost 300 times.

About 100 letters were posted to business doors and street poles throughout the Davenport neighbourhood. Source: Jay Santana

“I am alarmed and a bit disgusted that an individual would take it upon him or herself to decide that ‘the diseased, homeless, and addicts’ are ‘vermin’ that must be killed via the proposed vigilante justice set forth in the missive,” he wrote.

While the author of the document is correct that our city has homeless, physically and mentally ill, as well as addicted individuals, the call for their deaths is not the answer. Most do not choose to be ill, addicts, nor homeless.”

Mr Santana said he counted almost 100 letters posted to business doors and street poles throughout the neighbourhood.

Davenport Police said it was aware of the letters and an investigation was underway.