There are tokens of devotion, and there are other tokens

A 32 year old woman filed for an emergency protective order last week. Police say that there had been an “incident” between the couple and that charges of a class A misdeameanor from that incident may be filed.

The woman is now filing for a full protective order. The woman recieved a package at her home last Fri. It had allegedly been mailed to her home by her ex-boyfriend. It contained a letter to her and in an enclosed ring box- was a finger.

Police say the finger appeared to have been severed in a clean cut, then possibly washed. The letter allegedly read “This is the last chance to touch you”. The letter allegedly also contained threats against the woman.

Police are now seeking the ex-boyfriend. It is illegal to send threats through the mail, so the U.S. Postal Service Inspector has been notified. Police say that additional charges could come from the incident.,1641,CCCT_811_4804719,00.html

I think I prefer flowers.

I cannot imagine the fear that I would feel on receiving a package from an ex-boyfriend, against whom I had filed a temporary protection order. I am chicken enough that I probably wouldn’t have opened it. Much better to take it to the police station and let them deal with it.

To open it and find a finger is the stuff that nightmares are made of. I hope the woman in question has sought some shelter somewhere. Because if police don’t find him first, I cannot see a good ending in this. This looks like pretty obsessive behavior, and it is anyone’s guess whether he will turn this obsession against himself or against her the next time.


Police have released the identity of the finger giver. His name is Robert Hanna. He is believed to be in the Corpus Christi, Texas area. Hanna is facing two assault charges, the first happened about a week before the finger arrived. Additional charges are for the threatening content of the letter.  It is possible that federal charges could also be filed, as it is illegal to mail a body part, but no word yet from the postmaster about what is being planned.

Evidently this is not the first time that Hanna has been accused of assaulting women. His ex-wife has said that he used to beat her and she also has a protective order against him.

More info on the letter “I want to let you know, this is how much pain I’m going through because of the pain I’ve caused you.  I want you to know this is my last attempt to reach out and touch you.” The girlfriend is moving out of her apartment, because of her fear of Hanna.

Hanna’s family is concerned for him and his state of mind.   (Picture of Hanna at link)



  1. Lilo said,

    June 27, 2006 at 6:44 pm

    Ewww… that is just sick. And OUCH.

    I just hope that the finger was indeed his, and not someone else’s.

  2. June 27, 2006 at 6:49 pm

    Can you imagine opening the box and seeing this?

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