(UnitedVoice.com) – An Alaska man has been arrested after menacing a senator with threats straight out of the cult horror movie “Silence of the Lambs.” The 46-year-old wasn’t exactly hard to catch, either; he sent his threats by email. Now, he’s facing federal charges that could put him in prison for five years.
On September 28, a female US senator who hasn’t been publicly identified — but is possibly Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) — received a terrifying letter. In it, the writer complained that he was facing eviction. That’s something politicians hear a lot, but this time, the news came with a revolting solution. The crazed author said he was going to remove the senator’s skin and wear her like clothes, a horrifying echo of crazed serial killer Buffalo Bill in the classic 1991 horror movie featuring Anthony Hopkins as Dr Hannibal Lecter.
Nobody wants to think there’s someone out there who wants to wear them as a suit, but fortunately, he was a lot easier to find than the fictional Buffalo Bill. The poison letter came with a name — Arther Graham — and a return address. The senator’s staff reported it to the US Capitol Police, who called in the FBI.
Then, they jointly visited Graham at his Kenai, Alaska, home. At that point, the suspect admitted writing the message and acknowledged that he’d known sending it was a crime.
Graham has now been arrested and was due for his first court appearance on November 3. He’s been charged with using interstate communications to threaten to kidnap and injure, and if he’s found guilty (which seems likely, as he doesn’t seem to have worked very hard to cover his tracks), the maximum penalty is five years in prison. However, considering what he threatened to do, there’s probably a good chance Graham will end up in a secure hospital instead of a prison.
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