Cape Elizabeth man on trial for threatening to kill NPR hosts

Posted March 18, 2011, at 8:04 a.m.
Last modified March 18, 2011, at 2:32 p.m.
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PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine man is facing trial in federal court on charges he e-mailed death threats aimed at the hosts of the National Public Radio program “All Things Considered.”

Court documents say 38-year-old John Crosby of Cape Elizabeth threatened to torture and kill the hosts of the program.

Crosby has been held at the Cumberland County Jail since his January arrest. A subsequent search of his car turned up a shotgun and ammunition.

Court documents say the messages started in November and became more frequent and threatening.

A filing by Maine U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahany II says Crosby suffers from an “unknown psychiatric condition.”

The Portland Press Herald says Crosby is charged with sending threats through interstate commerce and illegal possession of a firearm. His attorney declined comment.

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