Charleston Police Department
A downtown resident received an anonymous letter last month threatening an attack against a local mosque. According to an incident report from the Charleston Police Department, the postcard contained a “mosque-like drawing,” white supremacist symbols, and the message “Charleston — The Sequel — Coming soon to a mosque near you onless Roff (sic) is released.”
The person who contacted police first discovered the letter in her mailbox on July 11, but authorities were not notified until three weeks later, according to the incident report. The envelope containing the message did not have a return address or name written on it. The drawing on the postcard depicts what is described in the report as a mosque with the numbers 1488 written inside. These numbers are commonly used as a symbol by white supremacists.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, the symbol represents a combination of two important numbers in the white supremacist movement — 14 corresponding to the “14 Words” slogan, which reads “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children,” and 88 standing for “Heil Hitler” due to the letter “H” being the eighth letter of the alphabet.
Spelling errors aside, it appears the letter refers to accused Emanuel AME Church shooter Dylann Roof, threatening an attack if he is not released from police custody. Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis says the incident is currently under investigation and the Central Mosque of Charleston has been notified of the threat.