Liam MacLeod of Beverly plans to plead guilty later this month to charges of mailing threatening communications and conveying false information and hoaxes for a series of angry letters he will admit he sent to the corporate offices of OKCupid between September and December, 2017, according to filings in federal court.
US District Court Judge Patti Saris set a June 20 hearing on the plea change by MacLeod, who was arrested this past February.
According to an affidavit by a postal inspector involved in the case, the first letter contained a white powder that the author claimed was anthrax, along with a note that started:
Greetings from Beverly
Ban me willya
Welcome to the wonderful world of ANTHRAX
Another was stained with a dark-red substance he claimed was the blood of a suicidal, dying AIDS patient treated with a chemical to keep the virus alive for a week, others were smeared with a dark brown substance, according to an affidavit by a postal inspector involved in the case. Lab tests showed none of the letters actually contained any harmful substances, the affidavit states, adding MacLeod also claimed to be the son of a Hell's Angels member and threatened to blow up or damage OKCupid executives' cars.
All the letters were postmarked in Boston.
Thanks to the information in the letters, OKCupid didn't have much trouble tracking down MacLeod's account: The service looked for users from Beverly who had been banned in September. Modern database technology being what it is, they quickly found one, a guy banned the day before the postmark on the first letter for violations of his OKCupid account. The billing name on the account: Liam MacLeod.
OKCupid did not specify the violations - for the account MacLeod had set up only on Aug. 22 - but inspectors found a profile MacLeod set up around the same time on Match.com, in which he expressed anger at the quality of women on that service and told anybody reading it they'd find cheaper prostitutes on Craigslist, the affidavit states. In one of the letters, MacLeod complained about the "whores" on OKCupid.
After the second letter, OKCupid went to the FBI. The postal inspector on the case says that after learning of MacLeod's name on the account, he queried the RMV database - and found just one Liam MacLeod, with an address in Beverly, and with a photo that matched those posted on OKCupid and Match.com