Man Charged With Threats To NPR Hosts To Plead Guilty
April 11, 2011 at 4:11 AM (PT)
A man arrested in JANUARY and charged with 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 is set to plead guilty, reports the PORTLAND PRESS HERALD. JOHN CROSBY was scheduled to go to trial in MAY on the charges, including charges of illegally possessing a firearm, filed a notice with the court through his attorney JOHN E. GEARY that he would waive his right to trial and plead guilty to the charges. A hearing on the plea change is set for FRIDAY (4/15).
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 D.C., 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.