GRAHAM — Donald Lee Hamlett knew the way to his ex’s heart was through her favorite band, Pearl Jam.
When a judge put a restraining order on Hamlett, 37, of 874 E. Market St., Burlington, in May — ordering Hamlett not to make direct or indirect contact with the woman — Hamlett penned a letter to Eddie Vedder, the band’s frontman.
In the letter, Hamlett begged Vedder to reach out to his ex on Facebook or through the Internet and convince her to return, said Burlington police officer Michael Juarez.
Farfetched, but there are worse ideas: If there’s a rocker today who empathizes with the common man and knows how to fight for a cause, it’s Vedder — a 25-year veteran of benefit concerts and social causes.
The plan backfired when Hamlett neglected to attach the necessary postage for his pages-long screed.
The mail was marked return-to-sender, and through some happenstance, ended up at his ex’s home. She contacted police, turning over the letter in which Hamlett allegedly admitted he was risking going to jail for attempting to make third-party contact with the woman.
That’s just what happened. Burlington police placed Hamlett in custody Thursday night. He was being held without bond, per state law in domestic cases, until a hearing before a District Court judge. His first appearance was scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday.