An Encino, CA man was arrested today on charges he called the Boston Globe more than a dozen times threatening to kill its workers - including one call in which he allegedly threatened to shoot employees in the head at 4 p.m. on the day it published a pro-newspaper editorial.
Robert D. Chain, 68, referred to the Globe "the enemy of the people" - the same phrase the current president has used to describe the press, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.
His last threat, on the day of the Globe editorial, led the Globe and police to beef up security at its State Street offices.
The US Attorney's reports Chain was charged with one count of making threatening communications in interstate commerce. Chain will appear in federal court in Los Angeles this afternoon and be sent to Boston at a later date to face court action here.
According to the US Attorney's office, Chain began calling the Globe after it announced on Aug. 10 plans to publish an editorial denouncing President Trump's repeated incitements against newspapers on Aug. 16 and urging other newspapers to follow suit.
[I]mmediately following the announcement, Chain began making threatening calls to the Boston Globe’s newsroom. In the calls, Chain referred to the Globe as “the enemy of the people” and threatened to kill newspaper employees. In total, it is alleged that Chain made approximately 14 threatening phone calls to the Globe between August 10 and 22, 2018.
It is further alleged that on Aug. 16, 2018, the day the coordinated editorial response was published in the Boston Globe, Chain called the Globe newsroom and threatened to shoot Globe employees in the head “later today, at 4 o’clock.” As a result of that call, local law enforcement responded to the Globe’s offices and maintained a presence outside the building to ensure the safety of the employees.
Chain now faces up to five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
FBI-provided transcript of one of his calls: