Feds charge man who threatened ‘worst bloodbath in America’

William McBroom-Stees
Knox County Sheriff's Office
William McBroom-Stees
Posted May 28, 2014, at 7:02 a.m.
Last modified May 28, 2014, at 8:53 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A man who threatened to come to Maine and create “the worst bloodbath in America” has been charged by the federal government for making an interstate threat.

The complaint was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland by the U.S. attorney’s office against 42-year-old William McBroom-Stees.

McBroom-Stees has been held in jail since November and was transferred Dec. 14 to the Maine State Prison in Warren on state charges of felony domestic violence terrorizing and domestic violence stalking.

The federal charge of making a threatening interstate communication carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison followed by up to three years of supervised release.

McBroom-Stees filed a federal lawsuit against the state earlier this month for placing him at the state prison, saying he has suffered physical and mental damages by being locked in a prison cell for 24 hours per day.

McBroom-Stees, 42, was arrested Nov. 22 after being located by police in Missouri. His arrest followed an investigation by members of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Rockland Police Department.

The woman told a Knox County detective that she fled because of McBroom-Stees’ abuse and said he was out of control on drugs.

On Nov. 13, she reported to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office that McBroom-Stees had telephoned her and said he knew where her mother and sister lived and threatened to come to Maine to kill them. Later in the day, the woman returned to the sheriff’s office to report that McBroom-Stees had telephoned her again and threatened to kill her father in California.

McBroom-Stees called another seven times while the woman was being interviewed at the sheriff’s office. The affidavit included statements made by McBroom-Stees during those phone calls. At one point, he told the woman to choose which of her family members he would kill.

“I’m taking your family, heads or tails,” McBroom-Stees said, according to the affidavit.

He also said he did not care if he was killed but said he would not be going to prison but instead would end up in a “nut house.”

“If you are not here on the 23rd, I feel sorry for your family. I am going to start the worst bloodbath in America. Anybody with the [woman’s last name] is mine,” he stated, according to the affidavit.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.

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