A Washington state man with a history using Fox News’ website to call for the murder of liberals – including President Barack Obama – has been taken into custody by U.S. Marshals, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Scott Anthony Orton, 57, of Puyallup, admitted to federal investigators that he is the man behind the online name "Joseywhales" who made the violent threats. Orton reportedly told authorities his intent was to "wake people up" by painting " a mental picture with words. I’m a wordsmith. That’s what I do.”
Orton, who claims he is a copywriter, recently posted threats against the staff and executives at StemExpress, a company that supplies medical researchers with blood and tissue. StemExpress was one of the targets in the Planned Parenthood videos created by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress that has already been linked to the shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood.
In the comment section on Fox Nation, Orton wrote,“Kill StemExpress employees. I’ll pay you for it.”
Including the name of an executive of the firm, he later added, “Someone needs to double tap the [executive] of StemExpress. She lives in Placerville CA.” and “I think I’ll take a little trip to Placerville this weekend. I hear there’s some good hunting down Placerville way ...”
Alerted to the threats, federal investigators received the full cooperation of Foxs New who helped them identify Orton as the comment poster.
In an interview in his home on Nov. 24, Orton admitted that he was the person behind the threats.
A further investigation shows that this may not have been Orton's first foray into threats of violence against the public and national figures.
In June of this year, Newshounds captured screenshots of someone using the name "Joseywhales" threatening the life of black Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby after she pledged to prosecute Baltimore police officers over the death of Freddie Gray.
"I'll pay ten thousand dollars to the one who fires the shot that takes out Marilyn Mosby," Joseywhales wrote, adding later,"Federal employees would be a lot more respectful if they knew that we knew where they live and where their kids go to school."
Two years ago, reddit commenters captured Joseywhales threatening President Obama, writing:"Hey barack: ever see a skull explode?" and "Hey barack. You should hang by your neck until you feet quit kickin."
In 2011, Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs grabbed shots of Joseywhales on a Fox Nation thread about the Fast & Furious gun-running investigation, threatening former Attorney General Eric holder.
"N i g g a r Holder, you are a d e a d man. You are a d e a d man walking. We got us a d e a d man walking here. D e a d man walking," Joseywhales wrote.
Despite a request by federal authorities that Orton be held without bail, a federal magistrate judge ordered him set free on an unsecured appearance bond. He is expected to appear in a Sacramento courtroom on Dec. 29.