Woman Charged In Letter Threats

By Daniela Deane
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 29, 2007

An Arlington County mother has been charged with sending a series of anonymous letters to her ex-husband's wife that threatened to torture and kill her and the couple's two toddlers, according to police and court records.

Jennie L. Altieri, 36, is being held without bond at the county jail on two felony counts of making threats of death or bodily injury.

Altieri sent six "handwritten threatening" letters to the wife of Altieri's ex-husband, Paul Kalchbrenner, according to court records. Kalchbrenner said he remarried five years ago. Altieri also sent letters to "associates" of Kalchbrenner's wife, the affidavit for a search warrant said.

Altieri and Kalchbrenner were divorced in 1999 after five years of marriage; they had no children, Arlington Circuit Court records show. Both remarried and have two children each.

The anonymous letters, which began arriving in the summer, "came out of the blue," Kalchbrenner said yesterday. He said he and his wife went to the police, and the investigation led to his ex-wife, who was arrested Nov. 19.

"I've had no contact with her for the past five years and very little contact since the divorce," said Kalchbrenner, a lawyer. He said he had "no understanding" as to why she allegedly sent the letters. "I don't know what's going on with her."

The affidavit said the letters threatened to "torture and kill the victim and her two children, who are both under the age of three."

Police obtained a warrant to search a car that belongs to Matthew Rosecan, Altieri's husband. Police said in the affidavit that Altieri frequently drove Rosecan's 2005 Honda. They said they were looking for information about Kalchbrenner, his wife or the Kalchbrenner children; any photo, drawing or literature relating to torture, bondage and sexual abuse crimes; and writing samples from Altieri. No evidence was seized in the search of the car, records show.

Court records indicate that police also obtained a warrant, which has been sealed, to search Altieri's home in North Arlington. During the execution of that warrant, evidence was seized that showed Altieri as the author of the letters, the affidavit said. Altieri's attorney, Nina Ginsberg, said several computers were taken as evidence from her client's home. Ginsberg declined to comment further about the case.

Kalchbrenner declined to disclose the contents of the letters.

Arlington Circuit Court records show that Altieri and Kalchbrenner, who were married in New Jersey, had an uncontested divorce because of "irreconcilable differences." Lawyer Courtney Kuesters represented Kalchbrenner, who petitioned for the split, and said the parting was unremarkable.

Altieri's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 15. If convicted, she faces up to five years on each of the two charges.

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