The Day – New York Man Claiming to be ‘Chinese Zodiac Killer’ Accused of Sending Threatening Letters

ALBANY — Federal prosecutors have charged a New York man with sending threatening letters to media outlets, offices and places of worship in northeastern states, including Connecticut.

Jesse Bartlett, 46, of La Fargeville, was arrested on May 19 after the FBI gathered evidence that he was behind a series of threatening messages, according to the US Department of Justice.

US Attorney Carla Freedman said Bartlett addressed threats to the media, government offices, places of worship and private businesses in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia.

“In the letters, which he signed as the ‘Chinese Zodiac Killer,’ Bartlett wrote that he killed people, ate their meat, and that he intends to kill more people, including an unidentified bus driver,” department officials wrote in a press release. .

A criminal complaint filed in federal court alleges that at least one of the more than 100 messages Bartlett sent was mailed to President Joe Biden at the White House. The first threat was mailed in April 2021, according to the complaint.

Bartlett faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. A trial judge ordered her detention pending a detention hearing on May 23.

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