Often, it seems that the Secret Service doesn’t take threats against the President seriously enough. According to Reuters, though, one threat to kill both the President and the First Lady is being taken seriously enough that the suspect is now in jail.
Forty-two-year-old Christopher Perkins O’Brien, of Annapolis, MD, was arrested Thursday after the Secret Service became aware of an email he had sent on October 16th.
In the email, Obama is called ‘stupid’ and a racial slur for his handling of ISIS, beheadings in the United States and of the Ebola outbreak before he is threatened with physical violence.
‘I … hope to reach out to slash Michele’s throat… You?? I will make a point to behead you, then throw your head into the nearest body of water, as I drive off into Maryland,’ O’Brien is accused of writing, according to charging documents first reported by The Baltimore Sun.
Reportedly, the email said:
“You stupid n——, between ISIS, homegrown terrorists/be-headers here in the USA, and now your inaction on EBOLA, do you want us all to f—— die?!?! I cannot wait to take out your worthless n—— ass, hope to reach out to slash Michele’s throat… You?? I will make a point to behead you, then throw your head into the nearest body of water, as I drive off into Maryland.”
It’s likely the Secret Service took this seriously because O’Brien is already a convicted murderer. In 2007, he was convicted of manslaughter for strangling a live-in friend, Katherine Randolph White, who was a 32-year-old archeologist. The two had met in substance abuse rehab. Most of O’Brien’s 10-year sentence was suspended.
O’Brien isn’t the smartest of would-be assassins. He put his phone number in the email. He initially tried denying that he sent it, but admitted it moments later, saying he would “never hurt the president or his family.”
The Secret Service is saying that O’Brien is probably too ill to actually carry them out, but he’s still in jail. The date of his trial has not yet been released.