We knew Johnny Carson was a comedian? But a brazen cowboy?
In the mid-1970s, Carson found a live grenade with a threat demanding $250,000 in cash. If he didn’t deliver it, a note read, his family would be harmed, Showbizz 44 reports.
So with the help of the FBI, Carson, who carried his .38 revolver with him, delivered the money – “cut up paper stacked and wrapped in 125 bill sized bundles,” according to the recently published book, “Johnny Carson.”
The FBI arrested 26-year German national and his wife. Ended up the grenade wasn’t real.
Posted: October 14th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: extortion, FBI, grenade, Johnny Carson, threat
Pres. Obama at state of the union/white house photo
What started as a prank call ended with two frightened teens and a visit by the Secret Service.
The teens, ages 13 and 14, acknowledged they made a threat to President Obama but had no intention of harming anyone, King 5 reports.
No federal charges are planned, the Secret Service said.
According to King 5, the teens randomly made a phone call and told the person who picked up the phone that they were going to hurt the president.
The woman who received the call had her husband call authorities, who tracked down the teens.
Posted: August 27th, 2013 under News Story.
Tags: prank call, President Obama, Secret Service, threat
One sure way to draw the attention of authorities is to threaten to kill all of the passengers aboard a commercial jet.
“I’m from Afghanistan and I will murder all of you,” Arash “Ash” Durrani, 26, is accused of saying on an Chicago-to-Orange County flight, the L.A. Times reports.
Durrani is to appear in federal court this morning.
What prompted the outburst is unknown, but the L.A. Times reported that passengers restrained the self-identified actor and model.
Posted: September 28th, 2012 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: jet, threat
By Steve Neavling
A Pennsylvania dentist who seems convinced that Microsoft founder Bill Gates is a computer-hacking danger to the country was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison for threatening an FBI agent, The Associated Press reports.
The threats came after Gregory Heeb, an FBI agent in Pittsburgh, notified the mother of Anthony Dinozzi, 45, that the son was making threatening calls to a federal judge, the FBI office in Seattle and to police in Medina, Wash., where Gates lives.
Dinozzi responded by threatening to get the Hell’s Angels to attack Heeb, according to the AP.
Authorities declined to comment on Dinozzi’s mental condition or his delusions.
Posted: August 30th, 2012 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: anthony dinozzi, Bill Gates, FBI, Gregory Heeb, microsoft, threat
The FBI and U.S. Capitol Police are investigating rape and death against U.S. Rep. Todd Akins, his staff and his family, Reuters reports.
A spokesman for the Missouri Republican confirmed the investigation.
“There have been threats of rape of staff, (of) the congressman’s family and the congressman himself, and suggestions that people should die,” spokesman Steve Taylor told Reuters.
Akins, who is trying to unseat an incumbent Democrat in November, caught widespread criticism, including from his own party, when he said pregnancies are rare during “legitimate” rape because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Neither the FBI nor the Capitol Police would comment on the case.
Posted: August 24th, 2012 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: akins, FBI, legitimate, legitimate rape, Missouri, Rape, rape threat, threat, Washington DC
The FBI and Homeland Security are warning of concerns that anarchist groups may try to use improvised explosive devices at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.
It’s unclear how real the threat is because the FBI routinely issues similar advisories ahead of major events and plans to heighten security.
The FBI also issued warnings about potential violence at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. next week., Charlotte Business Journal reported
What prompted the advisory isn’t known, but police said they are concerned about an extremist anarchist group called “Anonymous.”
Posted: August 23rd, 2012 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: anonymous, democratic national convention, DNC, explosives, FBI, Homeland Security, RNC, threat
Before unleashing a deadly attack at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Colorado, killer James Holmes outlined his murderous plot to a psychiatrist in a letter, New York Post reports.
The notebook detailed how Holmes planned to kill people and included illustrations, according to the Post.
Authorities found the letter, which included Holmes’ return address and was delivered Monday, after Holmes allegedly killed 12 people and injured 58 others.
The Post said it’s unclear whether Holmes knows the psychiatrist, who also is a professor at the University of Colorado.
Posted: July 26th, 2012 under News Story.
Tags: aurora, Colorado, james holmes, plans, plot, psychiatrist, threat
By Danny Fenster
Rep. Eric Cantor/gov photo
A 62-year-old Tennessee man left two messages on the voicemail of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on the evening of Oct. 27, saying he was going to destroy Cantor, rape his daughter and kill his wife, the FBI reported in a press release.
Glendon Swift of Lenoir City, Tenn., was arrested by FBI agents on Wednesday and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. He made a preliminary appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley Jr. in Knoxville on Thursday.
“Threatening to harm the family of a public official is a very serious charge, and we are grateful to the FBI and their law enforcement partners for their quick action in this case,“ U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride said in announcing the arrest.
Swift was traced as the registrant of the phone number the call was made from. He admitted to the arresting officers he had made the call.
Posted: November 4th, 2011 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: cantor, Eric Cantor, FBI, glendon swift, house majority leader, lenoir city, Tennessee, threat