Man Held For Death Threats To NPR Hosts
March 18, 2011 at 3:53 AM (PT)
A man has been indicted on three felony counts of threatening to hurt or kill NPR "ALL THINGS CONSIDERED" hosts MELISSA BLOCK and GUY RAZ in over 20 e-mail messages sent through the contact form at NPR.org, according to THE SMOKING GUN. JOHN CROSBY is being held without bail in MAINE after his JANUARY 26th arrest, and was denied leave this week to attend a memorial service for his father due to a "history of violence" and possible "psychiatric problems."
A JANUARY 17th message to NPR included a death threat to ATC weekday host BLOCK, who CROSBY allegedly called "an annoying c--t who is helping to destroy me to use me as a human sacrifice. She will be raped, beaten, tortured, and murdered very soon."
On JANUARY 23rd, a message sent by someone using a return e-mail address of "firstname.lastname@example.org" said that "100 years ago a k-ke like him (ATC weekend host RAZ) would have been hanging from a tree for disrespecting my privacy like that.... If I can make it to DC, I will try to find the k-ke and take care of business.” The FBI traced the messages to IP addresses at the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE and a STARBUCKS in PORTLAND and determined through school records that CROSBY's computer was used to send some of the messages.