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'Let the violence begin': death threats against Sen. Patty Murray

Charles Alan Wilson of Selah, Wash., allegedly made phone calls threatening to kill Sen. Patty Murray because she supported the new healthcare reform law. He was arrested Tuesday.

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Sen. Patty Murray (D) of Washington during the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions markup of a comprehensive healthcare bill. The FBI has arrested a man who threatened to kill Senator Murray because of her support for healthcare reform.

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A Washington State man was arrested Tuesday on charges that he repeatedly threatened to kill US Sen. Patty Murray because of her support of the recently passed healthcare reform law.

Charles Alan Wilson of Selah, Wash., left at least 13 expletive-laced messages on an answering machine at Senator Murray’s Seattle office in recent weeks.

Staffers notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Although the caller had been blocking his telephone number, an agent traced the calls through telephone company records to Mr. Wilson’s home telephone.

An undercover agent then telephoned Wilson, posing as a political opponent of the healthcare law. Wilson used several of the same phrases recorded on the answering machine, and agents concluded both voices belonged to the same person.

'There's a target on your back now'

“I hope you realize there’s a target on your back now,” Wilson told Murray in a message recorded on the morning of March 22, according to an FBI affidavit. “There are many people out there that want you dead. Just remember that as you are politicing [sic] for your reelection. It only takes one piece of lead… Kill the … senator! Kill the … senator! I’ll donate the lead. Now that you’ve passed your healthcare bill, let the violence begin.”

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