Along with Hope's video tapes, the anonymous benefactor Deep Throat sent Richard a rather cryptic note. In addition to the obvious but partially obscured permanent marker text, there is a second set of writing that can be seen in the background in a much lighter shade.
This note is something of a mystery at this point. Two sets of text are visible, but neither one can be read with much certainty. The black marker text is clearly legible, if somewhat loose in it's penmanship; even so, several key parts are obscured from view. The lighter text, on the other hand, suffers from the same problem of being covered up, in addition to being difficult to distinguish in general.
One attempt to read what's visible of the note by Optomitol and Earthian renders:
- are yo[u?]
- why it is [??]
- incredibly [??]
- over in this
Here's an image that I found over at the unfiction forum. BubbleBoy tries to decode the message written under the black marker. http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/viewtopic.php?mode=attach&id=10127&thumb=1 --8sk 10 06:04, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
The general consensus seems to be that the second set of text is written in another kind of ink, possibly with a different kind of pen or marker altogether (e.g. blue ballpoint pen). Because definite words or even letters are hard to distinguish, though, it seems possible and perhaps even likely that the second set of writing is bleedthrough from the other side, i.e. he wrote on both sides of the paper. If that's true, then part of the difficulty we're having may be that the text is actually backwards. That said, it does look like some parts of the text were done first in the lighter ink and then written over with black marker with some changes (note especially the large A that the beginning of the note and the W in "wonder" look like they may have the same letter underneath in lighter ink). --Earthian 08:48, 9 October 2007 (UTC)