Who is Neil Walter? Man sends death threat to congressman before saying he is going to kill FBI director

Walter left a voicemail for Rep John Garamendi, saying, 'You’re gonna die John' and later posted comments threatening to kill FBI Director Christopher Wray on Facebook live

Who is Neil Walter? Man sends death threat to congressman before saying he is going to kill FBI director
Neil Walter (C) threatened to kill Rep John Garamendi (L) and Director of FBI Christopher Wray (R) (Bill Pugliano, Alex Wong/Getty Images and Michigan Secretary of State)
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FLINT, MICHIGAN: A Michigan man was arrested after threatening to kill Christopher Wray, the director of the FBI, and Congressman John Garamendi because he believed they were involved in a child sex ring. In a series of online posts, 32-year-old Neil Walter made a number of accusations against people including various members of Congress, Twitter CEO Elon Musk, and actor Tom Cruise.

Democrat John Garamendi of California received a menacing call on Nov 3 saying, "John. Hey John. You're gonna die, John. You're gonna die." Authorities tracked down Walter's Facebook page where he had claimed that half of the US Senate, the FBI, the CIA, and several police departments had driven a child slave rape ring from the Capitol building in Washington. On Nov 19, he allegedly posted comments threatening to kill FBI Director Christopher Wray while Wray was live on Facebook. According to the affidavit of FBI agent Sean Thomas, Walter's parents told investigators that their son was mentally ill and not undergoing treatment. In April 2020, Walter even shared a meme on his Facebook page discussing "the two sides of mental illness."

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Michigan police tracked down Neil Walter's influence on social media where he made remarks about Tom Cruise and Elon Musk, and also threatened to kill high profile members of the society (Niel Walter/Facebook)
Michigan police tracked down Neil Walter's social media where he made remarks about Tom Cruise and Elon Musk and also threatened to kill several high-profile people (Niel Walter/Facebook)

According to FBI's Sean Thomas, on November 19, Walter threatened to kill FBI Director Christopher Wray in remarks he made on a live video of Wray on Facebook. When neighborhood police went to Walter's home in the Flint area on November 8, the FBI claimed he was holding a handgun. “Although no direct threats were made towards law enforcement, Walter did claim that he would defend himself against the US government,” Thomas said as per Daily Mail. The agent claimed that Walter went on a tirade about kidnapping and a legal dispute involving Vladimir Putin in Russia. According to court documents, Walter allegedly had a gun in his hand when police arrived at his house and resisted placing it in his pocket until he was persuaded to do so. Authorities asserted that Walter did not make any threats beyond declaring he would defend himself from the US government.

He is accused of sending messages in interstate commerce that contain threats to hurt another individual. In one of his social media posts, he claims to be reporting from a "rape prison ran by the CIA in conjunction with the American political embassy," where Cruise was allegedly sexually abusing a 7-year-old. In another, he asserts that oral sex between Cruise and Musk went "to an extent that would make you feel strange in your solar plexus." He also accused every American oil firm of abusing inmates while making them drink gasoline which spurred a list of absurd posts made on Facebook. At least until a hearing on December 1st, he will be kept in detention.

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