Man Busted in Gruesome Threats Against Nancy Grace

David Lee Simpson appeared ready to act
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2013 3:57 AM CDT

(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 happy with the way Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell covered her trial. He tweeted that he would tie the broadcasters to a "tree naked and leave them to suffer all night" and then "slit their throats," police said, per the Corning Leader.

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He also said he wanted to hang one of the newswomen upside down and "gut her like a deer," police say. After he quit his job and told his boss he was leaving town, a Bath, NY, cop caught him in a traffic stop. Police ultimately found that he had guns, ammo, handcuffs, binoculars, and more, including newspaper clippings about mass shootings and bestiality. "This suspect was on his way south with enough weapons in his car to do serious harm to someone," said Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Simpson has been charged with stalking and computer tampering, the Daily Dot reports. (Read more David Simpson stories.)

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