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Sandy Hook Truther Busted for Threatening Sandy Hook Victim's Parent

Lucy Richards allegedly texted death threats

(Newser) - A "Sandy Hook truther" has been arrested, accused of threatening a parent of one of the children killed in the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting in 2012. Lucy Richards, 57, is one of the people who believes the shooting, which resulted in the deaths of 20 children and six... More »

After Newspaper Endorses Clinton, Death Threats

'Arizona Republic' continues to fight for free speech with 'compassion,' 'bravery': publisher

(Newser) - Meet Kimberly, Nicole, and Phil. They're on staff at the Arizona Republic, per a Sunday editorial written by Mi-Ai Parrish, the conservative newspaper's publisher. And they're the ones who've been dealing with the vitriol and calls for violence since the Republic endorsed Hillary Clinton for president... More »

Woman Busted in Plot to Kill Stephen Hawking

She had maps and documents detailing her astronomy-festival scheme

(Newser) - An American woman was arrested Wednesday in Spain for sending dozens of death threats to Stephen Hawking then trailing him to an astronomy festival in the Canary Islands, Gizmodo reports. According to El Pais , the unnamed 37-year-old woman lives in Norway and has no previous criminal record. Authorities were tipped... More »

Court Ruling Will Help Keep Web Hostile to Women

Post columnist: It gives more protection to those who make threats online

(Newser) - The Supreme Court's decision to overturn the conviction of a man who posted all kinds of disturbing threats online is being hailed as a big First Amendment win. In an editorial, for instance, the New York Times calls it "an important affirmation of the need to protect speech,... More »

ISIS Announces 'Real War'— Against Twitter

Online post threatens co-founder Jack Dorsey, Twitter employees

(Newser) - Twitter's efforts to block ISIS-related accounts appears to have earned co-founder Jack Dorsey a special place on the militant group's radar. An anonymous online post yesterday on a Polish site used by computer programmers featured an image of Dorsey, with crosshairs superimposed over his face and a warning... More »

NYPD Killer Posted Threats as a Warning Came Too Late

Maryland cops were tracking Ismaayil Brinsley after he shot ex-girlfriend

(Newser) - As New York City grapples with the fallout from the execution-style murders of two NYPD officers , Police Commissioner Bill Bratton yesterday lamented that "two of New York's Finest were shot and killed with no warning." Except, as he amended, "the warning was coming." What went... More »

Harvard University Students Get Racial Death Threat

Police investigating email sent to people with Asian names

(Newser) - A death threat emailed to hundreds of Asian students at Harvard has authorities on alert this weekend, reports the Boston Globe . Police say they don't know whether the email is legit, but they've asked students to familiarize themselves with the school's "active shooter" guidelines as a... More »

ISIS Tweets: Death to Twitter Employees

Extremists warn of 'lone wolf assassins'

(Newser) - ISIS has got a social media problem and it seems to think it can kill its way out of it. A Twitter account linked to the extremist group has called for the assassination of Twitter employees, apparently in response for the site's attempts to shut down ISIS accounts, reports... More »

Woman: Disney Star Threatened to Kill My Family

Orlando Brown allegedly caught on 911 call

(Newser) - Has yet another Disney star fallen into hot water? TMZ reports Orlando Brown, who appeared on That's So Raven from 2003 to 2007 , allegedly threatened to kill a woman, her daughter, and her mom on Monday. In a 911 recording, a male voice—allegedly that of Brown, standing outside... More »

Feds: Con Sent Obama Threat to Wrong Address

Pennsylvania inmate charged with botched threat

(Newser) - President Obama might currently have one of the better-known addresses in America, but that piece of trivia was apparently lost on the Pennsylvania inmate charged with trying to send him a threat. Joseph Savage gets his latest day in court today, and prosecutors allege that, while cooling his heels in... More »

100 Retweets, 'and I'll Shoot Someone'

Los Angeles man arrested after threat on Twitter

(Newser) - A really bad joke (we hope) on Twitter has landed a Los Angeles man in jail. Police arrested 20-year-old Dakkari McAnuff on suspicion of making criminal threats after he allegedly promised to shoot a random stranger in exchange for 100 retweets. Police say McAnuff posted multiple photos on Twitter showing... More »

You Could Get in Serious Trouble for Emoji Threats

Experts say they would be admissible in court

(Newser) - If someone threatens your life via emoji, do you have any legal recourse? Mashable calls the topic of emoticon threats "unexplored territory in cyberlaw," but experts say the answer is yes, such threats would be admissible in court. Mashable's piece specifically looks at the case of Fletcher... More »

Man Busted in Gruesome Threats Against Nancy Grace

David Lee Simpson appeared ready to act

(Newser) - A New York state man tweeted a series of threats to a pair of newscasters—and when he was arrested, he may have been on his way to make good on them, police say. David Lee Simpson was obsessed with convicted Arizona murderer Jodi Arias, and he apparently wasn't... More »

7th-Graders Named 12 Girls to Kill in Video: Police

20-minute video allegedly spoke of classmates they wanted dead

(Newser) - Two seventh-grade girls in New Jersey are in trouble after allegedly making a YouTube video threatening to kill 10 to 12 girls from their school, reports WNBC News . In the 20-minute video, which has since been taken down, they boasted of being good assassins and wanting to stab several classmates,... More »

Voice of Charlie Brown Upset by Ex's Boob Job

Peter Robbins accused of stalking, threatening ex and plastic surgeon

(Newser) - More details are trickling out on why, exactly, the "voice of Charlie Brown" was arrested Sunday : Peter Robbins was, allegedly, quite unhappy that he paid for a breast enhancement for a girlfriend ... and then the relationship didn't last. The 56-year-old is accused of stalking and threatening both the... More »

Threats Draw FBI Into Ohio Teen Rape Case

Facebook post threatens lives of sheriff's family

(Newser) - As an Ohio city wrestles with rape allegations involving a pair of high school football players, online threats have spurred the FBI to act. An anonymous Facebook commenter threatened to kill the Jefferson County sheriff's family, CBS News reports. Meanwhile, Steubenville's police chief opened an email yesterday that... More »

Death Threat Clears Newtown Church

And police warn about misinformation online

(Newser) - A church at the center of the mourning in Newtown, Conn., evacuated today after receiving a phone threat promising another massacre, the Washington Post reports. "I’m going to kill everyone there," the caller said. "My friend didn't finish the job." After 10 minutes, police... More »

Radio Pranksters Get Death Threats, Bodyguards

Regulator may revoke station's radio license

(Newser) - The Australian radio station involved in the prank call to Kate Middleton's hospital has hired 24-hour bodyguard protection, after getting a number of death threats. About a dozen Southern Cross Austero staffers have been forced to move into hotels, and as many as 10 executives have been assigned personal... More »

GOPer Retweets Romney Threats to @SecretService

Twitterverse in an uproar

(Newser) - Twitter might not be the best place to sound off about your deep-seated desire to, say, crash Mitt Romney's plane, but apparently lots of users haven't figured that nuance out, reports the Blaze . So one Todd Kincannon , a former South Carolina GOP honcho, is retweeting some of the... More »

Hollywood Bit Actor Accused of Extortion Death Plot

Vivek Shah threatened to kill targets' kin, say feds

(Newser) - A small-time Hollywood actor has been accused of attempting to extort millions of dollars from wealthy individuals by threatening their relatives with death if they didn't pay up, reports the Wall Street Journal . Vivek Shah, 25, mailed extorting letters to five people, according to court documents. He demanded wealthy... More »

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