Wisconsin Identifies Suspect in Death Threat

by Brian Bolduc

Wisconsin’s attorney general has filed a complaint against 26-year-old Katherine R. Windels for threatening to harm the Republican state senators. The complaint lists four counts against Windels: two for computer messages that threatened injury or harm and two for bomb scares. You can read the complaint here.

Wisconsin’s police used the IP address from which the threatening e-mail was sent to identify Windels and interrogated her a few days after the controversy broke. The complaint reads:

S/A Tijerino reports he asked the defendant if she had sent out an email to anyone threatening bodily harm and she replied, “I guess . . . if you consider bodily harm . . . .” S/A Tijerino asked the defendant to elaborate and she stated, “I sent out emails that I was disgusted and very upset by what they were doing.”

S/A Tijerino reports the defendant stated that she called them a bad word, “a——-.” S/A Tijerino reports the defendant said, “I might have said that I am going to kill you or I want to kill you.” S/A Tijerino reports he asked the defendant how many emails she sent and she answered, “I sent one to the Republican senators.”

S/A Tijerino reports he asked the defendant if he read a line from the email would she be able to remember if it was her e-mail and she replied, “Probably, yeah.” S/A Tijerino reports he read the following passage:

“Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your families will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks.”

The defendant replied, “I think I said that, but I don’t know why I said that.”