IOWA: Man Charged With Sending Fake Anthrax Letter To Des Moines Gay Bar

Via the Des Moines Register:

Police charged a man Thursday with sending hate mail containing suspicious powder to the Blazing Saddle, a gay bar in Des Moines, in late March. Eric Reece Wiethorn, 49, of Ames was arrested for first-degree harassment and booked in the Polk County Jail, the Des Moines Police Department announced in a news release Thursday. The arrest stemmed from an incident reported at Blazing Saddle, 416 E. Fifth St., on March 27. Police and the Des Moines Fire Department’s hazardous materials team responded to a report of a letter containing an unknown white powder and slurs directed at members of the LGBT community. Officials later determined the powder was harmless. They confiscated the letter and initiated a criminal investigation.

Police and a hazmat crew responded to the bar when the letter was first received. The man remains in jail on $2000 bond. (Via Towleroad)

UPDATE: Here’s the full letter.

  • StuckNtexas

    $2k bond? And hasn’t made it yet?! Wow. According to Ben Carson, he’ll be a flaming patron of Blazing Saddle when he get out of prison.

    • teeveedub

      Don’t worry. He’ll make his bond. There will be a GoFundMe campaign in 3 … 2 … 1 …

      • StuckNtexas

        GoFuckMe. You’re probably right. SMH

      • Michael Abbett

        I am not familiar with GoFundMe but don’t they have any standards as far as disallowing fundraising for people involved in criminal activity? What kind of company is this?

        • teeveedub

          My initial comment was sarcastic (which perhaps I should have made more obvious), but GoFundMe was the entity that hosted the fund-raising efforts for the Indiana pizza martyrs ($845K) and Barronelle Stutzman, the Washington business owner who refused to provide flowers for a gay marriage ceremony (currently at $159K).

          On the positive side, they refused to host a fundraiser for the white South Carolina cop who shot in the back and killed the black driver who was running away from him. They also are hosting the #Pizza4Equality fundraiser for homeless youth that was set up to offset the Indiana pizza martyrs’ campaign. Additionally, they host countless fundraisers for sick kids, homeless families, wounded warriors, etc., so I don’t think we can blame them.

          I think that GoFundMe attempts to remain neutral unless a fundraising campaign is so egregious as to attract massive negative public attention.

          • Michael Abbett

            Well I meant I know who they are as far as being a fund raising entity but I have not really dealt with them or their politics. But supporting people who are proven to have violated the law to me is different from legitimate concerns like helping those truly in need who have not been up in someone else’s business. I liken it to a criminal in prison making money off the profits from a book or movie deal about their crime. Maybe not as severe but still pretty unseemly.

        • Jeffrey

          They just disallowed a GoFundMe for the officer in NC who murdered that unarmed black man.

    • William

      Momma is on the way to hock her teeth.

      • Octavio

        Damn! Just when she finally got the single-wide paid off. Another mortgage!

      • agcons

        But only if the rest of the family allows her to borrow the shoes.

        • William

          BOTH shoes!! Well now she’s went and gone all Hollywood.

        • carswell

          They’re not going to let her borrow them until she finds some plastic bread bags to wear over them. That’s what you do in Iowa, or so I head from a very reputable source.

    • Soren456

      He needs time to write his “Letter from the Des Moines Jail.”

      • KCMC

        Mein Iowa Kampf

        • Clive Johnson


    • Eric R. Wiethorn

      Here he is…

    • LAguy323
      • Larry Ft Pierce

        God is so lucky to have this soldier to defend him.

    • Lawerence Collins

      Isn’t this an act of terrorism? This happened to these anti Christ. they’d be losing it. Fraud Views would have the poor martyrs on. They’d have daily coverage.

      • David Walker

        My guess is that it’s viewed as an act of heroism. He did it all by himself and no one in the gay-hate industry influenced him in any way.

      • Yes, it is. I’m tired of talking about “hate crimes”. This is terrorism and should be treated as such.

  • Gustav2

    Any Fed charges? This is domestic terrorism. The hell with the hate crime shit.

    • another_steve


      There is, to this day, a subtle ambivalence — even among some progressives — as to what constitutes terrorism against the LGBT community.

      Kudos to you for picking up on it.

    • Kate

      From a legal standpoint, the state should be responsible for state things, and the federal government for federal things.

      He may have used the postal service, but he didn’t send it across state lines, did he?

      • bitwise

        Technically the feds can get involved since sending fake anthrax through the mail is also a federal crime, but traditionally they let the state take care of it.

      • PLAINTOM

        Patriot Act could give authority.

      • Guest

        Making terrorists threats is a Federal crime under the Patriot Act.

    • delk

      He’s a christian terrorist, the kind of terrorist that christians say don’t exist.

      • David Walker

        And usually quickly defend. I’m surprised he’s still locked up…although I wish he’d be locked up for a long, long time.

  • SoCalVet

    probably another manhattan declaration signatory.

  • disqus_oCvsL5SBJH

    Christian love.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    This is a follow up that I tipped to Joe when the incident was first reported.

  • Daverley

    I am absolutely blown away. The spelling and punctuation is perfect.

    • JalapeñoBusiness

      I was just remarking on the same thing. Especially the use of the comma before the conjunction separating the second independent clause in his ideological rant.

      Although, I do take issue with the idiomatic/colloquial use of “hopefully.” The correct wording would be ” …, and I hope that you’ll die from the anthrax on this letter.”

      Many people use hopefully in the wrong context when they really mean “I hope that…” instead.

      “I hope that it won’t rain during the Labor Day picnic.”

      “We looked hopefully to the future with Hillary Clinton as our president.”

    • cheakamus

      And the calligraphy is quite pleasing too.

    • IamM

      Other than “were” for “we’re”.

  • JalapeñoBusiness

    Nutter: “This is your punishment for sinning against God, and hopefully yo’ll die from the anthrax on this letter”

    Sen. Ted Cruz: “Liberals Are ‘Waging Jihad’ Against Christians In Indiana & Arkansas.”

  • Gustav2
  • Gerry Fisher

    LOVE the name of the bar.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Locals call it the ” The saddle “, been around for a long long time.

      • Guest

        Is there a bean fart section?

    • LonelyLiberal

      If your saddle blazes, you should probably visit your doctor and get checked for STIs just to be safe.

    • KCMC

      KC has cowboy bar named, “Sidekicks,” which naturally is referred to as “Side Saddle.”
      Classy that way.

    • tv__

      The Saddle’s been around for 30+ years. It’s great. Probably the friendliest bar in town.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Oddly, he has never had so much as a parking ticket;at least in the state of Iowa.

  • Doug105


  • Stev84

    Ah, Christian Love[TM]

  • TexasBoy

    I hope he has to pay the bar for lost income, as well as punitive damages…and I hope he has to repay the government the costs of sending out the Hazmat team and testing the powder.

  • TampaDink


    • another_steve

      Thank you, TD. The spammers seem to be focusing on me today. Apologies to all JMG readers.

      Such a bitch, to be part and parcel of an evil algorithm.

      • TampaDink

        Your welcome….but this supports my long standing theory that mathematics are the doings of Satan. ;-p

        • GC

          “Whatever a man pray for, he prays for a miracle. Every prayer reduces to this: ‘Great God, grant that twice two be not four.'” (Ivan Turgenev)

        • Christopher
      • Gustav2

        “to be part and parcel of an evil algorithm.”

        I didn’t know you were religious! 😉

  • Octavio

    Yet another example of a christain threatening the lives of those who don’t agree with him/her/it. Lmmmeee see . . . um, when was the last time the LGBT folks threatened to kill — or actually did kill — christains? Or anyone with a deeply held religious belief of any kind? Thought so. 🙁

    • JalapeñoBusiness

      This just in: Sen. Ted Cruz: “Liberals Are ‘Waging Jihad’ Against Christians In Indiana & Arkansas.”

      • Octavio

        But the Cruzoid is an egg-laying reptilian disguised as a human. Not a reliable source. 🙂

        • JalapeñoBusiness

          It was meant for ironic juxtaposition purposes only.

    • MarkOH

      I know. After reading this, LGBT are terrorists because…..? Oh, that’s right GOD.

      And BENGHAZI.

      • Octavio

        And “obbummmer” and “hilree” and “butt secks.”

        Also, most of us have better design sense. That’s enough to be killed by a mob right there!

        • MarkOH

          Oh my.

        • KCMC

          the 3rd special, please.

          • TampaDink

            I’ll have what he’s having.

    • Rambie

      The pizza bigots would say they were threatened. It makes them money

      • And I feel the same way about anyone who made violent threats against the pizza bigots as I do about this. It’s a crime and people who commit such crimes should be fully prosecuted. We can’t just go around making death threats.

    • Joe in PA

      I’m sure Todd Starnes will be running with this story…oh wait.

    • lattebud

      Remember that jihad Ted Cruz spoke about… well we know who is fired up for some killing.

  • JalapeñoBusiness

    Clairee Belcher: Ouiser, I’d recognize this penmanship anywhere. You have the handwritin’ of a serial killer.

    • TampaDink

      Yuck, yuck, yuck.

      • Octavio

        “I’ll have the veal, please.”

        • JalapeñoBusiness

          I don’t recall that being in Steel Magnolias. Please explain….

          • Octavio

            The cliché tag line of bad comics everywhere working in restaurants that also have entertainment. “I’ll be here all week folks. Be sure to ask your waiter about the specials.”

          • JalapeñoBusiness

            LOL Ok 😉

          • TampaDink

            Don’t forget to tip your waitress.

          • William

            That’s right, I had lasagna.

          • pierre denerome

            In the early 80’s in West Hollywood CA,
            at our restaurant,the specials included an
            all-you-can-eat waiter or/and bartender/ buss-boy at MP. Home delivered for our value customers. Abundant tip was not included.

  • LonelyLiberal

    Because apparently God is short on anthrax and has to use an intermediary. Hopefully this guy saved the e-mail that God sent for use in the trial.

  • William

    His lawyer will say the guy has a ‘sincerely held belief’ to put flour in letters.

    • Octavio

      Wadddaya bet it was corn starch or baking soda. The person was baking and that was what was handy at the moment he/she/it was overcome with the spirit and just had to write a life-threating letter (and post it) to the local gay watering hole. My, my, my.

      • Rocketeer500

        I had a feeling he was baking a gay wedding cake. The baking soda is a dead give away.

      • Ben in Oakland

        Doncha just wonder a lot how he knew where it was?

    • noni

      It wasn’t flour.

      It was Gold Bond Medicated Powder according to the original news article.

      • William

        That should help soothe that Anthrax rash.

    • David Walker

      Which in and of itself should guarantee a couple hundred thousand bucks when the crowd sourcing shit starts.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    The part of the letter you don’t see :

    “It’s time for all faggots and dykes to die on Capitol
    Pride night!,” the letter, addressed to “The Flaming Faggot and Dyke bar” reads.

    “Your secret enemies are going to blow up your
    destination for going to hell tonight, and were [sic] going to eat roast queer the following morning,” the missive continued.

    “This is your punishment for sinning against God, and hopefully you’ll die from the anthrax on this letter!,” it concluded.

    • JalapeñoBusiness
      • Rocketeer500

        Thanks Ragnar, the letter now becomes extremely disturbing.

        • JalapeñoBusiness

          The truth usually is.

      • rusty57

        “…we(‘)re going to eat roast queer the following morning.”

        Either this guy is a cannibal, or he just revealed his desire to have a gay man in his mouth.
        Or he might be seriously mentally ill.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          All 3 are entirely possible.

        • JalapeñoBusiness

          I vote for mentally ill caused by listening to Right Wing radio.

    • LonelyLiberal

      And yet anthrax-infected roast queer is both very high in cholesterol and an infectious agent. Another example of these people just not thinking.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        So much for fasting…

        • LonelyLiberal

          Tell me about it. I want one or more queers in my mouth right now.

      • William

        I prefer to eat my Queer fresh, never roasted.

        • LonelyLiberal

          Me, too. Minor swelling in some parts of the queer isn’t a problem.

          • William

            More swelling can be better.

    • vorpal

      eat roast queer

      Christian Love. It literally burns.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Burns, scorches, fries and bakes;as intended.

        • vorpal

          Try our new Brimstone flavor!

          *Quantities limited while supplies last.

    • Thank you for posting the full text. I hate when they blot that crap out. I’ve been called worse to my face by the same kind of bigot. And the public at large needs to see just how awful these people are.

  • shellback

    Behold, another xtian.

  • KCMC

    thinking that in our own humble masochistic fly-over mid-western way, living, breathing another day in these loving wrinkles of the Bible belt is punishment enough.
    Why, oh why did I not marry the son of the Chilean diplomat in L.A when I was 21?

    • Octavio

      Ya gotta seize it when it’s there. 🙂

  • EdmondWherever

    I don’t understand… how did the cops figure out who sent it? Was he stupid enough to put his return address on it? Did he hand-deliver it? Was it fingerprinted? This isn’t made clear.

    • JamesInCA

      Read the article, and all is revealed:

      “Des Moines police detectives acted on an anonymous tip and made contact
      with Wiethorn. Wiethorn admitted to sending the letter, according to the
      news release.”

      • EdmondWherever

        aha, “read” rather than “scan”.

        Interesting, he must’ve bragged to someone who wasn’t as narrow-minded (and dangerous) as himself. Someone he underestimated.

        • Michael Abbett

          Someone who didn’t want to be perceived or prosecuted as an accomplice after the fact. “Hey, Bubba, guess what I just did!”

  • bkmn

    More proof that a weak mind and religion are not a good mix.

  • Marides48

    They’re coming out of the woodwork!?

    More christian love = more christian CRAZY!
    I hope this is not the tip of the iceberg.

    They need a new target to direct their hate. Any suggestions?

    • Gustav2

      Maybe their fellow Republicans who are letting them down?

    • Octavio

      “Jeebus wants us dead. I know. Because the buy bull tells me so.”

  • So, if there had actually been anthrax in the letter he’d have been charged with what, 1st degree harassment and 2nd degree naughtiness?

    • Octavio

      Most likely just for picking his/her/its nose in public. It’s only a small threat on human life.

      • Rocketeer500

        You mean a small threat to [gay] human life.

        • Octavio

          That, too. Yes.

    • David Walker

      Has there been any news on the anthrax-threat letter to the White House?

    • By the way, here’s the document without redaction:

  • JJS_prime

    More anti-“christian” persecution.

  • Octavio

    Sr. Joe, Thanks for locating and posting the full letter. I find it odd the Des Moines paper would post such a “G” rated version of the truth.

  • CottonBlimp

    I don’t think they should have blacked out what I’m guessing is “queers” and/or “fags”.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      addressed to “The Flaming Faggot and Dyke bar”

  • TheManicMechanic

    Make an example of him, and garnish any resulting GoFundMe windfalls that might inevitably happen.

  • LarryChemEngr

    So many disgusting, cowardly morons get away with harassment like this, because they do their slimy deeds in secret. Bravo to the police for figuring out who the perp was in this case. I’ve always wondered what jerks that pull these cowardly stunts look like. What is the face of impotent rage? Of a rotten loser? Of a scheming retard? Well, here he is. Gloat over the vapid banality of this loser’s face.

    • RJ Tremor

      Looks just like what I expected. Middle aged white guy with short hair and gives off a perpetual pissed off vibe.

      • Michael Abbett

        The putty in Fox News’ hands.

    • PeterC

      Some what close; but not quite a “Hitler” mustache.

  • delk

    I hope you enjoy jail as much as we have enjoyed married life!

    I still think Iowa is a great place, even though the occasional bigot like you does his best to shine a bad light on an entire state.

    Iowa was a great and very respectful place to get married, from getting the license to the actual ceremony. The Mississippi River offers some beautiful scenic vistas for that special day.

    • Michael Abbett

      My husband and I were married in Des Moines on October 14, 2013, before it was legal in Indiana. We had a terrific time and the people there were fantastic to us. We’ve talked about visiting again soon, if for no other reason than the Zombie Burger and Drink Lab!


    Apparently, some religiously motivated terrorists are treated more leniently than others.

  • noni

    Isn’t that letter simply a Supreme Court Brief sent by some Christian Organization?

  • cminca

    I’m sure he will claim his religious liberties are being threatened.

  • Ninja0980

    Where are Dana Loesch and others to condemn this act of terrorism?

  • 2patricius2

    What was the powder?

  • Canadian Observer

    Someone should inform Homeland Security… domestic terrorism for sure. Send him off to Guantanamo Bay — that will make the question of raising bond totally moot.

  • Mark

    “first-degree harassment” ???? Is that what they called it when those government officials were getting threats identical to this??? Where the hell are the feds???

  • furyatx

    So did this douche really place his return address on the letter? The lower case “t’s” in the shape of crosses are an in”t”eresting touch.

  • Clive Johnson

    What church does he attend? And what do they preach there?

  • unclemike

    Wow, some people just have the deep-down crazies.

  • Terry

    Craziness…and they think that gays are waging “Jihad” against Christians…

  • the way i read that letter, Mr. Wiethorn and his friends want to eat cock, but are too scared to do it with a live man, therefor are threatening to blow up the bar so they can feast on roasted dick. (not to be confused with spotted dick)