A man who allegedly sent a letter to gay bar threatening to murder all of the patrons with deadly anthrax is being held in jail.
Eric Reece Wiethorn, from Ames, Iowa, is believed to have sent the note claiming he would ‘punish’ and then eat the ‘faggots and dykes’ who had ‘sinned against God’.
In the letter, it is claimed he covered it with a white powder.
Sent to Blazing Saddle Bar, the note said: ‘It’s time for all the faggots and dykes to die on Capital Pride night!
‘Your secret enemies are going to blow up your destination for going to hell tonight, and were going to eat roast faggot the following morning.
‘This is your punishment for sinning against God, and hopefully you’ll die from the anthrax on this letter!’
When the co-owner Robert Eikleberry opened up the letter, he immediately called the police.
But when the authorities arrived, it turned out the envelope had just been filled with harmless talcum power.
‘I opened the mail up thinking it was a thank you letter, it turned out to be a hate letter,’ Eikleberry told the Des Moines Register.
‘It said faggot this, faggot that… and a white powder popped out, so I thought ‘call the police now’, because you don’t know.’
Wiethron is being charged with first-degree harassment after reportedly admitting to sending the letter when questioned by police.
He was taken into custody and held at Polk County Jail on a $2,000 (â‚¬1,900) bond.