Paul Captain charged with hate crime for threatening e-mails to Wisconsin State Fair official

Paul Captain faces a hate crime charge for his e-mails.

Paul Captain faces a hate crime charge for his e-mails.

Paul Captain has been charged with a hate crime for threatening, racist e-mails he sent to  Wisconsin State Fair spokeswoman Patrice Harris.

Captain saw Harris, who is black, speaking on television about the violent, racially-charged attacks that occurred last week. After watching the press conference, Captain, 49, immediately dashed off two racist and threatening e-mails to Harris.

The e-mails, which caused Harris to lock her office door and contact State Fair police, warned of a violent rampage against black people, according to a complaint filed against Captain by the Milwaukee County Attorney.

"After opening day & what happened Last night after the fair there will now Be major revenge on all Fucking Worthless NIGGERS in Milwaukee!!!", Captain wrote.


Captain signed both e-mails "JARED.....LOUGHNER....the 2nd!!!!!", a reference to the Tuscon, Arizona man who killed six people and injured 14, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, in a January shooting spree.

Harris locked herself in her office when she got the e-mails.

Harris locked herself in her office when she got the e-mails.

Captain's e-mails, which he later told police he wrote while watching Harris on television, make for frightening reads.

The first e-mail is a specific threat of an impending racial shooting:

And you can now EXPECT MAJOR REVENGE.....SHOOTINGS..... MASS...NIGGERS...KILLED...... I will be packing my guns on me on the State fair grounds from now on when I attend the fair again...EXPECT...... M.A.J.O.R.!!!!!T.R.O.U.B.L.E.!!!!!!!!

The second is more spefically aimed at Harris, whom Captain writes "Helped trigger" the violence of August 4, and accuses of "blowing me off Because I was white."

When police interviewed Captain about the e-mails, he admitted he sent them. Captain, who now lives in the small town of Berlin, told police the stories about the race fighting at the State Fair had caused him to flash back to when he lived in Milwaukee. Captain told police he'd been "beaten and robbed several times by 'Black guys'" when he lived in the city.

Captain also apologized, and said he didn't want to hurt anyone.

He's charged with two counts of threatening injury or harm in a computer message. Both charges are misdemeanors but the second has been classified a hate crime because of the racial nature of his e-mail. The maximum crime for a threatening e-mail is 90 days in prison and a $1,000 fine, and the maximum sentence for a threatening e-mail which is classified as a hate crime is one year in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Read the full complaint against Paul Captain:

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