Get me some lipstick and a pipe bomb! Cross-dresser sentenced for threatening to blow up DIA and George W. Bush

We've all heard about suicide-bombers wearing woman's burkas in Iraq and Afghanistan, but who knew dressing in drag would catch on with wannabe bombers in the U.S. as well?

Frederick Purvis of Hamilton, Ohio, was sentenced to thirty months in prison yesterday for sending at least ten e-mails to federal agencies and media outlets in which he threatened to blow up various Cincinnati landmarks and kill then-President Bush. He was also apparently fixated on Denver International Airport and sent similar e-mail threats against the airport to Denver television stations.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Purvis wrote: "I will shoot myself in the ladies bathroom at 3:30 p.m. because I do not wish to live any longer... If I live I will kill President Bush."

The FBI says Purvis created fake email addresses and used Internet connections at hotels to avoid getting caught. When agents tracked him down at one of the hotels, he was found wearing a wig, women's clothing and makeup. Reports say that Purvis has been charged in the past of stealing baggage from airports, lying to obtain birth control pills and pretending to be a woman on his driver's license application. Purvis' family says he has a history of mental illness.

No word on if they found any women imprisoned in an old well under his house. Quick, someone call Sir Anthony Hopkins!

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