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November 18, 2006

No, I Did *Not* Do It....

Dear God in heaven, Our Lady of Perpetual Death Threats is baaaaaack!!!!

A discussion of recent threats to judges’ safety, at a bar association conference in suburban Dallas last week, became startlingly specific when Sandra Day O’Connor, the retired Supreme Court justice, recounted that each justice had received in the mail “a wonderful package of home-baked cookies” that contained “enough poison to kill the entire membership of the court.”

Gather near my children, and listen to the chilling details!

Although the episode was not publicly disclosed when it occurred in April 2005, it had a public, although little-noticed, denouement last month when the sender of the poisoned cookies was sentenced in federal court here to 15 years in prison.

The sender, Barbara Joan March of Bridgeport, Conn., pleaded guilty to 14 counts of “mailing injurious articles.” The 14 recipients included the nine justices; the chiefs of staff of the Army, Navy, and Air Force; and the director and deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The packages, containing either candy or baked goods, were laced with rat poison.

Luckily for the star-crossed former justice (whose job is apparently MUCH more dangerous than we ever guessed!) the would-be killer was the helpful sort:

The danger posed by the packages was immediately apparent. Each contained a typewritten letter stating either, “I am going to kill you,” or, “We are going to kill you,” and adding, “This is poisoned.”

The letters carried various return addresses of people who had earlier connections with Ms. March, including seven who attended college with her.

Alert readers may recall that Ms. O'Connor thrilled VC readers earlier this year with the startling details of her brush with death in an Internet chat room.

This country is going to hell in a handbasket.

Posted by Cassandra at November 18, 2006 08:25 AM

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She posted poison cookies with a warning.

Crazy. She cant be been trying to kill anyone, or she wouldn't have included the warnings. Im guessing that she intended the poison cookies as a message: "I dont want to kill you yet, but im mailing a potential means to you to demonstrate that I can and will if I decide it is nessicary."

Posted by: Suricou Raven at November 18, 2006 10:13 AM

"She cant be been trying to kill anyone, or she wouldn't have included the warnings."

Or she wouldn't have said "I am going to kill you."

Posted by: actus at November 18, 2006 02:32 PM

actus, there are sly criminals and there are the garden variety of stupid and there are those whom evolution seemed to have skipped.

Why send a helpful note? Because the woman was idiot enough to think that they would say something like "Tsk tsk, they can't be poisoned.
No one would want to poison US!"

So, if she wasn't trying to kill them, then why go through the aggravation of baking cookies laced with rat poison?

Yeah, she was just sending a message.

Posted by: Cricket at November 18, 2006 03:02 PM

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