Thursday, April 9, 2015

Man Charged with Mailing Hate Mail & Death Threat to Des Moines Gay Bar

Blazing Saddle, Des Moines' longtime gay bar, was the victim of a death threat on March 26, 2015. The letter, which was accompanied by white powder, read:
The Flaming Faggot and Dyke Bar: It's time for all the faggots and dykes to die on Capital Pride night! Your secret enemies are going to blow up your destination for going to hell tonight, and we're going to eat roast queer the following morning. This is your punishment for sinning against God, and hopefully you'll die from the anthrax on this letter!
The bar was shut down for a while until the police, fire department and hazardous materials team said that it was safe to be inside.

Fast forward to today... The Des Moines Register reported this afternoon that a man has been charged over last month's threatening letter:
Eric Reece Wiethorn, 49, of Ames was arrested for first-degree harassment and booked in the Polk County Jail, the Des Moines Police Department announced in a news release Thursday.
Des Moines police learned of Wiethorn through an anonymous tip. He's currently being held on a $2,000 bond at the Polk County Jail.

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