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The private letter Ethan receives in the chapter "Father and Son."

The "Church Letter" is the name given to the letter that the Origami Killer sends the fathers of his victims. It comes in an envelope addressed by a Royal 5 typewriter along with a ticket for a luggage locker at Lexington Station, in which the receiver can find a shoebox containing the items he needs to undertake the killer's trials.

The killer seems to time the mailing of each Church Letter to ensure it will reach the victim's father around the time his son disappears. Ethan Mars receives a letter in "Father and Son" at an unspecified time before Shaun's abduction, and Allan Winter received one the morning that Johnny was kidnapped. Hassan, however, received a letter after Reza was taken (as Scott Shelby learns in "Hassan's Shop"), and Susan Bowles implies in "Suicide Baby" that her husband did as well (since he disappeared the day after Jeremy did and left behind the cell phone from the shoebox).

The Church Letter reads as follows:

When the parents came home from church,
all their children were gone.

They searched and called for them,
they cried and begged,
but it was all to no avail.

The children have never been seen again.


  • The text of the letter is likely a reference to the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, in which a man first leads a lot of rats to their death by attracting them to the music of his pipe and driving them into a river and then lures all the children of the town into a cave. A version of the letter shown in Heavy Rain: Cutting Room Floor even includes artwork of the Pied Piper leading the children away from Hamelin, though the chapter in which it appears was ultimately cut from the game.