Ohio man threatened to kill President Bush, bomb DIA

Federal prosecutors have indicted an Ohio man who they say threatened to bomb the Denver International Airport and then shoot himself in the bathroom this October. According to the indictment, if he somehow survived the bomb and the gunshot (apparently he didn't have much confidence in his mayhem skills), he would kill President Bush.

"I am going to place a bomb in the Denver International Airport on Friday Oct. 17, 2008 at 3:00 p.m.," he wrote, according to the indictment. "I will shoot myself in the ladies room at 3:30 p.m. because I do not want to live any longer. If I live I will kill President Bush."

According to his threats, the alleged DIA violence was to take place the next day, October 17. It didn't, as far as we know, and Purvis has now been indicted on nine various counts, including threatening to whack the president. And he was indicted in southern Ohio, one of the few places where people actually like the president.

Frederick Purvis, of Hamilton, Ohio, made the poorly conceived threats on October 16, in a message sent to the Department of Treasury web site, some Denver TV stations, and the DIA web site. For good measure, he also threatened to blow up a variety of bridges and stadiums in Ohio, and to kill someone named Tracy Jones, who we can only assume is a woman who came to her senses.

Read the indictment here. -- Joe Tone

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