Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Library Psycho Goes To Jail

Remember this post from back in May 2005? Well, the freak is headed for the slam:

An Upper St. Clair man who typed e-mails in the name of the star of the "Ghost Hunters" TV show, in which he threatened to murder President Bush and shoot Roto-Rooter employees, has been sentenced to two years in federal prison.

Barry C. Eckstrom, 51, who lives with his parents, will undergo psychiatric treatment while behind bars on the recommendation of a federal judge.

His public defender, Thomas Livingston, argued that he is mentally unbalanced, but prosecutors said he knew what he was doing.

I could go either way on his mental state, considering that all I know about him is what I read in the news articles, just as long as he's taken out of circulation for a while. My wife has business in the neighborhood where he was arrested, and sometimes takes the kids to that library. The creepiest thing about all of this is that Bethel Park is one of those places where you would least expect to find someone playing around with this kind of fire. Our local library, where my wife works part-time, is much more likely spot to catch annoying lunatic patrons. (Though I admit that I know of nothing worse there than a guy who needed a bath something fierce.)

His hatred of TV host Jason Hawes seems to be what started Eckstrom on his email campaign. By why the mad-on for the Roto-Rooter Man? Well...Jason Hawes is the Roto-Rooter Man:

On May 14, agents hiding in the book stacks at the Bethel Park library used binoculars to watch Mr. Eckstrom type on the computer while another agent sat at the computer next to him.

Agents watched Mr. Eckstrom send one e-mail in the name of Mr. Hawes to the Roto-Rooter headquarters office in Cincinnati in which he threatened to shoot employees there. Mr. Hawes, as viewers of "Ghost Hunters" know, is a plumber for Roto-Rooter.

This shows how much times have changed. Ten years ago, if someone snooped around a library with a pair of binoculars, it was likely to be someone who ought to be arrested. Today, the patron with binoculars may well turn out to be someone who is there to arrest someone else.

Mr. Eckstrom next logged onto the Web site of the Department of Homeland Security and typed a second e-mail in Mr. Hawes' name to President Bush.

"I hate and despise the scum President Bush!" said the message. "I am going to kill him in June on his father's birthday."

Agents arrested him before he could hit the send button. Under federal law, a sent e-mail is treated the same as one that was typed but not sent.

Does that also apply to blogs? Probably.

1 comment:

jipzeecab said...

Which of course takes us all back to the "what's on your harddrive issue.?..