His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament.
A few days later he received a letter from his son.
I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I wont be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I'm Just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me.
At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left.
Not for nothing, but don't dig up that garden. That's where I buried the BODIES.
That same day the old man received another letter from his son.
Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That's the best I could do under the circumstances.