Secret Service: Man wrote ‘KKK forever’ and threatened to shoot Obamas

By David Edwards
Monday, June 3, 2013 15:41 EDT
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Ryan Kirker charged with threatening Barack and Michelle Obama
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A West Virginia man was being held in jail on Monday after he threatened the life of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in a letter filled with racial slurs.

WTRF first reported that Ryan Kirker of McMechen had been charged with sending the threatening letter in April that concluded with the phrase “KKK forever.”

According to The Associated Press, an affidavit from a Secret Service agent said that Kirker had written to someone named John in March that he planned to kill the president. Investigators were able to determine that both letters were written by the same person.

Kirker had asked John to travel with him to Washington, D.C., and said that he could obtain armor-piercing ammunition, according to federal court records. Special Agent Ken Skaggs confirmed that the Secret Service had visited Kirker’s home in June 2012 to investigate threats in a third letter.

Skaggs noted that one letter asked the president visit McMechen “so that the author can have ‘a shot’ at him,” adding that “if the first lady comes along, she will be killed also.” That letter also included racial slurs.

Kirker was expected to appear before a federal magistrate on Tuesday. He was being held at Northern Regional Jail.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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