Heartbreaking note from a son saying goodbye to his mother is found 34 years later

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Heartbreaking farewell note a troubled son left his loving mother is found hidden with a $50 note under the floorboards of an old home three decades later – and what happened next will bring a tear to your eye

  • The touching message was written by Richie Carter, 20, in 1986 
  • Brody Robinson found the note while pulling up carpet at a Perth house 
  • The handwritten note was accompanied with $50 as payment for board
  • Mr Robinson shared the note to social media and tracked down Mr Carter’s sister
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A handwritten note from a son saying goodbye to his mother and apologising for burdening her with his troubles has been found 34 years later buried under the carpet of an old brick home.   

The note, written by Richard ‘Richie’ Carter when he was 20, was discovered at a house in Langford, southwest Perth, in Western Australia

Forklift operator Brody Robinson, 25, found the heartbreaking gesture along with a $50 note with the message ‘PS: I left my board’, while moving into the rental home in Osten Drive in April last year.

The note, which has since been framed, was uncovered while ‘pulling up the old carpets’.

Mr Robinson shared a photo of the message, believed to be written in 1986, to social media on Tuesday.

A heartbreaking note from a son saying goodbye to his mother (pictured above) was uncovered decades later at a home in Langford, southwest Perth, last April  

Forklift operator Brody Robinson (pictured above), found the letter believed to be written by then 20-year-old Richie Carter in 1986. Richie also left his mum a $50 note as board payment

Forklift operator Brody Robinson (pictured above), found the letter believed to be written by then 20-year-old Richie Carter in 1986. Richie also left his mum a $50 note as board payment

Mr Robinson discovered the hidden note on the day he moved into 2 Osten Drive. He had been pulling up old carpets inside the main bedroom (pictured above) at the front of the house

Mr Robinson discovered the hidden note on the day he moved into 2 Osten Drive. He had been pulling up old carpets inside the main bedroom (pictured above) at the front of the house

‘Mum, I have made a decision to go and sort myself out,’ Richie’s message read. 

‘I am sorry that you are not home so I can wish you goodbye and I am sorry to burden you with my troubles. 

‘I don’t know where I am going, but I will be alright. I love you very much. Say goodbye to Anita. Love, Richie. PS I left my board.’ 

Mr Robinson found the letter on the day he moved into the home with his ex-girlfriend Madison, who kept the note until last week. 

‘We were renovating the property in Langford and pulling up the carpet in the main bedroom when we found it,’ he told Daily Mail Australia. 

‘My ex-girlfriend had kept it but I just recently convinced her to sell it to me for $80 as I loved the story and the history behind it.’

The couple moved out of the home in March and it was demolished soon after.  

Richie’s sister, who Daily Mail Australia has chosen not to name, responded to Mr Robinson’s post after it gained more than 500 comments on Facebook.  

‘It is a case of mixed emotions seeing this, I recognised his writing immediately,’ she said. 

Mr Robinson's ex-girlfriend Madison (pictured together) kept the letter when the couple moved out in March 2020. He purchased the letter off her for $80 and shared it to social media on Tuesday

Mr Robinson’s ex-girlfriend Madison (pictured together) kept the letter when the couple moved out in March 2020. He purchased the letter off her for $80 and shared it to social media on Tuesday 

‘Richie sadly passed in 1990 and we miss him everyday. 

‘He was a Langford boy through-and-through and had some really great mates who, like us, were devastated when he passed. 

‘Social media is fantastic and I may never have seen this without it, thank you for the genuine interest… RIP Richie….they are still talking about you bro.’ 

Mr Robinson said he was ‘surprised’ by the massive reaction he received on Facebook and it was ‘awesome’ to connect with Richie’s sister. 

‘She is going to message me again in the next few days so I can hopefully get some more information about Richie,’ he said. 

‘She hasn’t asked for the letter back yet but I’ve got it kept somewhere safe. If she wants it back she can have it of course.’    

Richie died only four years after writing the note and was just 24-years-old. 

He was buried at Fremantle Cemetery in 1990 and his mother, Winifred, was laid to rest alongside him in 2004.   

Richie's sister thanked Mr Robinson (pictured above) for his Facebook post sharing the note and said she never would have seen the letter without social media

Richie’s sister thanked Mr Robinson (pictured above) for his Facebook post sharing the note and said she never would have seen the letter without social media

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