Claycordian Finds Strange Note, Open Front Door Upon Returning Home from Work on Tuesday Night

February 26, 2014 10:18 am · 75 comments


This message (and picture shown above) came from a Claycordian in N. Concord on Tuesday evening.

Hi there! I had a really strange thing happen today. I live in North Concord. When I came home from work both my screen door and front door were wide open. There was a note stuck on my screen door that makes absolutely no sense. I don’t know if the door open and the note are related but seems very strange. Nothing was missing in my house and everything was in its place. Not sure what to make of this. Here is a picture of the note below. Thought maybe some other readers may have an opinion on this or also had a note like this on their door?

Anybody out there know anything about this. Has it also happened to you?

RJ February 26, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Checkout Number belongs to “Guy Coggins”.

Random February 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Either someone has extreme mental health issues or what a great way to mess with someone and leave them totally confused!

Grob February 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM

If I were you, I would would apply for a concealed carry permit and go buy yourself a hand gun if you don’t already own one.

See, all your anti-gun people…When guys with guns break into your house, your as good as dead. Protect yourself and your family. Support your 2nd amendment.

JET February 26, 2014 at 10:38 AM

That meth is one helluva drug

Sickend February 26, 2014 at 10:42 AM

@Grob, everything is carry a gun, get a concealed carry permit, shoot.
My God, I’d be more worried about you because you seem so excited and anxious to shoot someone, than I would if someone broke into my home. That is of course unless it was you who broke in!

Landana February 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Was anything missing? Did he just leave the doors open? I would be more concerned about someone coming in my house, I find the whole thing odd.

Has to be Ancient Aliens February 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Certainly can’t be current Aliens.

Guy might have been drinking too much CA Poppy seed tea.

Sorineya February 26, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Infinity book store was a great metaphysical store in park and shop in the 80s-90s concord. That being said, the rest of this letter looks crazy but must make sense to someone out there. Good luck and maybe the universe just gave you winning lottery numbers, lol.

Lori February 26, 2014 at 10:57 AM

I wouldn’t have even gone into the house without calling the cops and having them walk through……that’s really strange.

Silva February 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Hmm. Both front doors open. Did you lock either before you left? And the message means nothing to you? If the answer to either or both questions is a yes, you may want to report it to your police department. Creepy.

Connie Dobbs February 26, 2014 at 11:06 AM

(650) 261 1090 is connected to Nikolai Hristov of Redwood City.

anonanonagain February 26, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Sounds as if this person knew someone that lived in that residence at one point in time. It doesn’t say how long this person has lived in this residence or if they rent or own? If nothing was taken, then obviously this person thinks they know the person living there……Good luck!!!

@ Sickend February 26, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Stay sickened. You’ll be one of the first buried when it all hits the fan.

Gargoyle Socks February 26, 2014 at 11:11 AM


Anonymous February 26, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Funny thing is. You’re actually jumping to conclusions that the person who left the note is the same person who opened your door.

It could be completely unrelated.

Jess February 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM

My guess is that it is some kind of marketing scam. They’re trying to get you curious enough to call one of those telephone numbers. If you do call, do it from a pay phone. Otherwise, your phone number will go on some telemarketers phone list.

anon February 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM

If you locked your door when you left your house and came home to find door wide open with strange note you should let police know.

Okaysure February 26, 2014 at 11:24 AM

What’s on the back of the paper? Looks like scrap with something printed on the other side.

Mj February 26, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Maybe it’s a riddle?

My interpretation February 26, 2014 at 11:25 AM

It’s starting to make sense.
A search on the phone # 650 261 0195 brings up a manual for equipment to photograph auras, invented by a man named GUY Coggins.

A search on Guy Coggins brings up a man who has spoken on radio programs about metaphysical and spiritual types of things and auras.

Someone above says Infinity Bookstore was a metaphysical store in Park & Shop in the 80s-90s.

A search on the evening phone # brings up a Redwood City address.

Yours, Guy is a typical abbreviation for the formal salutation on a letter (Yours truly, or Yours sincerely, Guy [the person’s name])

Conclusion:Guy Coggins wrote the note to Chris Blackburn (which could be mis-spelled), saying they used to work together at Infinity Bookshop. (It makes sense. Guy invents and speaks about metaphysical stuff and used to work at the metaphysical bookstore in Concord. It sounds like he’s saying a mutual acquaintance named Susan plays blues music and has aired on 600 radio stations. Guy wants Chris to give him a call. Perhaps Chris used to live at the residence where the note was left – or possibly nearby, and guy mis-remembered which residence it was. There are some Chris Blackburns listed as living in nearby Fairfield, Vacaville, and Oakland. Perhaps Guy mis-spelled Chris’s name. If this is the explanation of the meaning of the note, it may not be connected to the open door. I wonder, though, if it’s possible the person forgot to lock the door, and Guy opened the screen door to knock on it, or even tried the door, and didn’t pull them tightly closed?

Whatever the case, I would call the police and make them aware of it, ask neighbors if they saw anything suspicious, and call the number to see if any explanation can be found.

wow February 26, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Wow that was a good conclusion #21

Hump Day February 26, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Way too much speculation. If you find a note like this and your door wide open, call the police!

Call the police before you even enter. You never know who (or what) is inside.

I would speak with the neighbors, let the police handle it, and NOT call the numbers, regardless of curiosity. It’s what they want you to do.

Use good judgment…..PERIOD!

Scrappy February 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Great job, @#20 , you should be a PI….hmmm

Mideah February 26, 2014 at 11:48 AM

I agree with My Interpretation above. Also I wonder if anyone else has received these notes, it looks like it was repeated and just cut in a weird place.

Possibly what the letter was trying to say with some editing by me:

Dear Chris Blackborn,
You worked with us at the Infinity Book Shop. I would like to talk with you. Susan is playing the blues and has been on 600 radio stations!

Please call me during the day at:

or evenings at:


funny man February 26, 2014 at 11:51 AM

CASE SOLVED! thank claycord sleuths

SC February 26, 2014 at 11:54 AM
Domestic CEO February 26, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Wow #21… you are goooood!!! That sounds great to me! 😀

sue February 26, 2014 at 12:10 PM

get a alarm system it isn’t that expensive and worth the security it gives you. If my front door was opened the police would be at my house. makes me feel safer. we wear robed once, never again.

@myinterpretation February 26, 2014 at 12:10 PM

I was the one who wrote in. Thank you for your work in helping me kind of figure this out. My husband and I were baffled. I do not think that I left the door open but also had a screaming toddler with me so I could have not closed it all the way? I did not enter the house until my father checked it out. I checked with the neighbors and no one else had a note. We do own the home and have lived here for almost five years. Thank you Mayor for posting.

Jess February 26, 2014 at 12:11 PM

This is not a personal note to the homes’s resident. It’s mass produced, with multiple copies of the note printed on one piece of paper. Whoever is doing this couldn’t even cut the paper into individual notes properly. The first two lines at the top – the phone number and Yours Guy – are exactly the same as the last two lines. Somebody else probably has the same note taped to their door, but it’s missing the phone number and “Yours Guy” at the bottom because they were included at the top of this homeowner’s note.

It’s a scam. Don’t call the phone numbers.

@Sickened February 26, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Guns are the answer. Why do you think cops have them? They would “clear” the house using one. If you came home, the door was open and you saw a family member being dragged by the hair back into the house and screaming, you have two choices: Call Mark DeSaulnier and wait for his heroics or immediately go in with your gun drawn. I hope you live close to Mark.

And I don’t want to hear any crap about me shooting my family member. I’ve trained and shot at hostage silhouettes and I know my abilities so don’t even go there you idiot.

Debbie February 26, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Get an ALARM!!!!!

Jeffrey Harris February 26, 2014 at 12:27 PM

That’s easy have the cops call the number?

Incognito February 26, 2014 at 12:30 PM

@21 My Interpretation…
Good detective work, Columbo!

PH Dad February 26, 2014 at 12:50 PM

And no one so far has suggested to change your locks?

Anonymous February 26, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Reminds one of random tasks style

VikingPrincess February 26, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Hope you contacted the police and made a report. If not, you should.

Unless the author is an Artist (as in art-teest), or a Cryptologist, the note appears to contain unconnected sentences…or nonsequitor. The phone numbers are random & jumbled.

So…you decide.

Either way, invasion of privacy at least.

Write a reply in the same style using numbers from the local PD and await pick up 😉

VikingPrincess February 26, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Oh…I just noted the paper it is typed on. It appears to be typed on the back of something printed on a computer. A picture and at the top the font is unique or Slavic. Weird. Not from 80 s and not likely 90s
So maybe it is random and someone tested their printer on recycled paper.
Or…the result of a Slavic born keylogger software program
Maybe the author can clear up what is on the back of the letter..

Mike February 26, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Awesome little mystery. But, hey, wacky-ass gun nut… go get your head checked. You are NOT well, buddy!

Guns are not “the answer” and anyone who thinks they are… well, they’re a bigger problem than anything else, in my opinion. Dude’s comin’ off a bit threatening, and his solution to EVERYTHING on this blog is “SHOOT IT!”

We need to be more rational and compassionate as a human race than this.

Matt February 26, 2014 at 1:50 PM

I’m with Hump Day. Call the police. Don’t enter until they check your home out. Better safe than sorry. And definitely talk to the neighbors, which it looks like they’ve done.

If it’s a scam, the last thing you should do is call the numbers.

Just be cautious. You can always ask the police for extra patrol……

Meth Monsters February 26, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Dang I thought I was spun!!! But look at his Facebook page he likes EAZY-E hell yeah watch out cuz GUY got a GAT he’s gangster…..

Skizz February 26, 2014 at 2:30 PM

“A family member being dragged by the hair back into the house” sounds awfully specific. You give that situation a lot of thought, don’t you? Any particular family member you visualize being attacked over and over again? Are they aware of this? Have they spoken to the police about you and your violent fantasies?

Your post is easily as creepy as the one posted on OP’s door. Neighbours like you make this a much less comfortable city to live in.

Mike's right ! February 26, 2014 at 2:50 PM

@ Mike 40

You’re right. I’m sorry. I’ll be more “rational” and use “compassion” the next time my home is invaded or I’m assaulted.

Talk about a screw loose. I didn’t know Fantasyland was right here in Claycord. My bad.

Just a Kid February 26, 2014 at 2:50 PM

I’m not sure about this one. Hmmm…..

yo yo man February 26, 2014 at 3:22 PM

I think it was The Phantom and his bb furian. They got bored over in the Politics thread and thought they would go out and try to mystify everyone since they are failing so badly in the Politics thread.

Don P - N. Concord February 26, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Rig your house up Home Alone style.

@Anonymous #16 February 26, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Reading comprehension doesn’t seem to be your strong suit.

lg February 26, 2014 at 4:06 PM

The scumbags out robbing people with guns are not rational or compassionate!! It`s a personal choice to own a gun ,legally and responsibly.. The crooks that own guns are neither!!!!! @#21, very good! You should be a PI!!

Here's a plan... February 26, 2014 at 4:32 PM

the person who has your cell number now ( because you called it from your cell phone) will now call you and ask if you are home right now… and then know when to strike. This is just like the ticket winning scam that has happened more than a few times. Be cautious of your phone calls and who you give info to.
Just a thought.

Vicky February 26, 2014 at 4:42 PM

My Interpretation—–#21

You have WAY to much free time. Get a life.

anon February 26, 2014 at 4:49 PM

sounds like we’ve got the next george zimmerman here.

Could our local gun nut get any more cliche? February 26, 2014 at 6:19 PM

We’re trying to solve a pretty simple mystery and you need to dry hump everyone about your gun fetish. Your big contribution to the discussion is waving your gun fantasy in everyone’s face.

You’re talking exactly like the type of person everyone, on both sides of the gun argument, don’t want owning fire arms. You aren’t a responsible gun owner, you’re some guy who can’t wait for the opportunity to have justification to shoot some cartoon villain in your house. You’re so eager to tell everyone about guns and how we need to be ready to shoot first, ask questions later — that you had to be the second post in on a discussion about a weird note.

If they take any guns away, I sincerely hope they take yours away first. You are a child wielding the tool of men.

JL February 26, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Get a google voice number and call him from that, it’s free and disposable.

RANDOM TASK February 26, 2014 at 6:38 PM

excuse me but history has noted that when the red coats came marching into town to kill everyone in it ……there was no dude opening up his shop to give out arms …..there was no armory …..there was no organized weapon storage ……we the people had our own guns and many of them as history states the red coats were obliterated after finding out the citizens were armed and they never came back. Conclusion when someone invades and you have no weapons you are first in the ground. Demifornia has clouded your brain into thinking there is some all natural holistic power radiating from trees and vegetables that will protect you. HAVE A NICE DAY

Guy Collins February 26, 2014 at 6:58 PM

#23 said, “who (or what).”

What other than a human would it be? Werewolves or aliens,?

LMS February 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM

That’s creepy! Call the police. What if they hid a camera in the house or left something behind? Where was this at in North Concord? Just really creepy!!!

Clayton Valley Grad February 26, 2014 at 7:46 PM

@ Guy Collins~~~56

You need to recognize sarcasm. If someone left a note like that on my door, God only knows what could be inside.

Antler February 26, 2014 at 8:17 PM

OK, I don’t know whether this is the RIGHT thing to do, but here is what I WOULD do:
Call the police.
Request they search the house before I entered.
Request that fingerprints be taken of note, doorknobs, whatever…..
Let the police take care of any and all telephoning and background checking.
Get deadbolt locks and remember to USE them.

So far as true “creeped out” mode goes, I didn’t react that way. My first thought was that it was a case of mistaken address.
Or maybe “Guy” knew the people who USED to live at that address.

You Annoy Me February 26, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Antler, you should be creeped out. It’s not like this is an everyday occurance. And the door wide open as well? Besides that, everything else you said makes sense.

Atticus Thraxx February 26, 2014 at 8:55 PM

How figgin’ bizarre. Antler that’s probably good advice but I wouldn’t sit on the curb waiting for the fingerprint crew to show. Be a long night. That is real creepy though. Wonder if the house being open and the note are definitely related. Must be. Yeah, creep factor= 7.9

Dr. Jellyfinger® February 26, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Did you look under the bed? Check the closets? Attic? Crawlspace under the house? I’d nail it shut. He could pop up out from under the house & come exploding out of the closet in the middle of the night wearing a hockey mask, swinging a machete and screaming like Howard Dean…eArrrghH! I’d put one of the kids on guard duty, sleep in shifts.

Smokey February 26, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Anybody who isn’t creeped out by this should be. It’s as bizarre as bizarre gets.

I’d rather have someone steal everything I own than have to deal with this. I’d call the insurance companies and start over.

If there’s one thing that will drive me over the edge it’s something like this. Messing with someone mentally is very effective. That’s why people do it.

Front door and screen door wide open, bizarre note, and nothing missing?

I’d get a hotel room, stay with family or friends, get out of town, change the locks, ask the police for extra patrol, and last but not least, have the neighbors keep a eye on our house.

Be thankful it’s raining. It reduces the crime rate. Temporarily anyway….

Ygnacio February 26, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Maybe you left the door open or he lacks social skills and tried the door and saw nobody was home… Thinking maybe you share the name or live at the address of an old employee or work associate.
I think the note translate into Guy the name of the person since the number is indeed belonging to a guy coggins worked together at a bookstore and mutual aquaintance or his wife has achieved some music success playing the blues.

VikingPrincess February 26, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Wow….and the Claycordians are still at it so the caper has not been solved


I could send some of my good hunters from the village and a scout out to help…but they might be scary so better not

Antler February 27, 2014 at 12:47 AM

#62 ….. The door’s being open is the very reason I put “call the police” at the top of my list! And then later added the part about the deadbolt.

The writer did not mention whether there are any family members coming and going. It’s entirely possible that either they (or she herself!) didn’t lock up. And the person leaving the note might have left the screen latch ajar. See, some details of the story are missing.

Atticus, you’re right that it would be best not to say anything about fingerprinting when first calling for police to conduct a search. But I really would ask them “whether fingerprinting would be wise” at some point before they left.

Also, I forgot to mention that I would check to make sure all the windows are still locked. Yes, it is a bizarre situation….. and perhaps I do feel more calm about it because of having a dog, because of my husband’s ability with firearms, and because we do live in a neighborhood which has far fewer crime problems than does north Concord.

meh February 27, 2014 at 4:53 AM

Probably a way to see estimated hours you arrive home. Contact police. I would.

JRConcord February 27, 2014 at 6:12 AM

I called all the ##s got no answers. Oh NO now he has my phone #. I am currently hiding under my bed with a hand grenade. FEAR.. where is my gun, I am afraid the redcoats are coming back.(currently looking for Mel Gibson’s phone #).. lol

bela510 February 27, 2014 at 7:45 AM

just be careful and aware. I found a strange note the day before my home was robbed. I called the police, we called the number on the note, nothing came of it. The next day, someone broke in robbed the place.

Antler February 27, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Mmmmmmmm……. But now it is bothering me that the note is TYPED rather than scrawled. And who carries blue tape in his car? Is that painters’ “Frog Tape”? And why doesn’t he address it to the person he supposedly knows rather than using his own name at both top and bottom?

….yet the name does seem to have logical connection to a real person, sooooooo……….Right! I’m still not exactly creeped out, but It just won’t go away, ya know?

Strange February 27, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Antler, even if they did leave the doors UNLOCKED, they wouldn’t be WIDE OPEN (BOTH OF THEM)!

I have no idea what’s going on here……but it looks like some someone is tying to mess with someone mentally, and it’s very effective.

This would really catch me off guard……and, yes, we live in a nicer, safer neighborhood than N. Concord.

freelurchahoe February 27, 2014 at 9:38 AM

i have a not elike that infornt of my home … wtf

anon February 27, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Maybe Guy astral projected into the home and as his body joined him and left the house he forgot to close and lock the door.

Ooooooo. Really scary, kids.

Matt February 27, 2014 at 2:09 PM

I can handle a note like that on our door as long as the screen and front door were closed and locked.

I can handle the doors wide open as long as the there wasn’t a bizarre note. I’d just call the police and let them search. If anything was missing, I’d report it stolen to the insurance company.

But the combination of the two? It would drive me nuts. This family has a toddler, which is a real concern.

Someone’s messing with someone, and doing a pretty good job.

anon February 27, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Seriously, you should let tge police know because your door was wide open.

Mac February 27, 2014 at 9:19 PM

I`m the Dad that checked the house out.
Too be honest, i was kind of hoping to find a guy inside.
The way it was a weird scene.

Thanks for the knowledge myinterpretation

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