A California man who threatened to blow up the offices of Merriam-Webster in Springfield because he didn't like its definitions of a number of gender-related words, including "girl," has pleaded guilty to that and to making similar threats against the president of the University of North Texas, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.
US District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled Jeremy Hanson's sentencing for Jan. 5.
In addition to pleading guilty to the two counts of interstate communication of threatening communications to commit violence, Hanson also acknowledged sending anti-LGBTQ threats to a range of people and companies, including Land O' Lakes, Walt Disney, the governor of California, the mayor of New York City, professors at Loyola Marymount University and a rabbi in New York.In various messages, Hanson expressed his hatred for transgender people, Palestinians, the fact that the new Superman is bi, the alleged neutering of Mr. Potato Head and the removal of racist statues.
Merriam-Webster closed its Springfield and New York offices for five days after receiving Hanson's threats.
Hanson's plea and statement of facts (4.7M PDF).
FBI agent's affidavit about Hanson's activities (433k PDF).