Jeremy David Hanson, a 34-year-old who resides in Rossmoor, California, allegedly despatched the demise threats on March 3, the day after UNT college students protested a campus occasion together with a speech by Jeff Younger, a Republican candidate for the Texas Legislature.
A federal grand jury indicted Hanson on Wednesday within the Eastern District of Texas. Last month, Hanson was additionally indicted in Massachusetts over anti-LGBTQ demise threats he had despatched to Merriam-Webster Inc., the publishing firm identified for dictionaries and reference books.
Contacted by the Observer, Hanson’s lawyer declined to remark.
“Jeremy Hanson is accused of sending numerous death threats and hate-filled messages related to the LGBTQ community, which the FBI acted swiftly to disrupt,” FBI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Matthew J. DeSarno mentioned in a press launch Thursday.
“You ought to be shot in the head and have your offices set on fire for supporting child genital mutilation and transgenderism,” Hanson wrote within the topic line of an e mail to Smatresk, in accordance with courtroom paperwork.
“I will personally go to your university and start executing tyrannical leftist students and faculty who oppress conservatives,” he allegedly continued within the e mail’s physique. “The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.”
In an affidavit in assist of the prison criticism, an FBI agent mentioned Hanson despatched comparable threats to Walt Disney Co., USA Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the president of the Eau Claire Area School Board in western Wisconsin.
Younger, who will face off with a Republican incumbent in a runoff later this month, prompted protests by college students offended over anti-trans feedback and coverage proposals. (Younger misplaced custody of his daughter, who’s trans, as a part of a 2019 courtroom determination.) His look had been organized by the Young Conservatives of Texas, a rightwing campus group.
“Fuck these fascists,” college students chanted, to which Younger replied that “there’s no such thing as a transgender person.” (Later, as college students protested Younger’s speech exterior, a UNT police car struck a demonstrator.)
It wasn’t the primary time Hanson’s alleged threats landed him in hassle with the feds. Last October, in accordance with a prison criticism, Hanson had despatched a bomb menace to Merriam-Webster, which prompted the dictionary firm to close down its places of work in Springfield and in New York City for 5 days.
In a touch upon the dictionary’s web site definition entry for the phrase “female,” Hanson allegedly wrote: “It is absolutely sickening that Merriam-Webster now tells blatant lies and promotes anti-science propaganda. There is no such thing as ‘gender identity.’ The imbecile who wrote this entry should be hunted down and shot.”
Later, he despatched the corporate further threats by its “Contact Us” web page. In these messages, he mentioned that Merriam-Webster’s headquarters “should be shot up and bombed.” Claiming Merriam-Webster had “caved to the cultural left,” he added: “You evil Marxists should all be killed. It would be poetic justice to have someone storm your offices and shoot up the place, leaving none of you commies alive.”
He reportedly vowed to “assassinate” the dictionary’s “top editor,” writing: “I am going to shoot up and bomb your offices for lying and creating fake definitions in order to pander to the tranny mafia.”
During that investigation, the DOJ mentioned, authorities had recognized different threats Hanson allegedly made to the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, Land O’ Lakes and IGN Entertainment, amongst others. He additionally allegedly threatened two Loyola Marymount University professors and a New York City-based rabbi.
The slate of instances towards Hanson comes amid a spike in anti-LGBTQ hate crimes nationwide. Meanwhile, state lawmakers across the nation, together with right here in Texas, have proposed not less than 238 payments up to now this 12 months that concentrate on LGBTQ rights, in accordance with advocates.
The Human Rights Campaign says “at least 57 transgender or gender non-conforming people fatally [were] shot or killed by other violent means” in 2021, making it the deadliest 12 months on document because it began monitoring such crimes in 2013.