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Surprise in the Mail

An inmate at Indiana’s Madison County Jail couldn’t personally deliver a message protesting conditions in the lockup — which involved an obscene hand gesture — so he did the next best thing.

Michael McCune, 60, cut off the tip his finger of his middle finger and mailed it to The Herald Bulletin.

McCune — who’s awaiting trial on an attempted murder charge — included a letter that read, “Find enclosed my left middle fingertip that I removed for a reason: to bring to light the oppressive conditions that exist here at the Madison County Jail.”

McCune also alleged that inmates were forced to sleep on the floor and were served cold food.

“I am of sound mind," McCune added. "I removed this finger-tip to bring about changes of the oppressive conditions that exist here.”

McCune was convicted in 1985 for stabbing another inmate to death at the Indiana Reformatory, now known as the Pendleton Correctional Facility, the newspaper reported. He served 28 years of a 60-year sentence and was paroled in 2013.

He was serving a sentence for a 1980 robbery conviction in Madison County for allegedly stabbing a woman, according to The Herald Bulletin.

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