Programmer charged with making violent "spam rage" threats

Tuesday, 25 November 2003, 1:15 PM EST

A 44-year-old Silicon Valley programmer has been charged with threatening to maim and even kill employees of a Canadian Internet-advertising agency that he believed had repeatedly sent him spam.

The federal compliant alleges that between May and mid-July, Charles T. Booher left numerous voice- and E-mail messages for Internet-advertising company DM Contact Management Inc. demanding that it stop spamming him. The complaint states that DM president Douglas Mackay told Booher that the company wasn't responsible for the spam.

It seems Booher didn't believe him and allegedly sent a series of E-mail messages threatening to torture and kill DM employees if they didn't remove him from the company's mailing list. In one message, Booher allegedly threatened to "disable [Mackay] using a quick 22-calibre shot to your lower spine." The letter also threatened to take the company's president to a "secret hiding place" where he would torture him. In subsequent E-mail, Booher allegedly threatened to send the company packages containing anthrax and to slam a 10-centimeter ice pick into Mackay's left ear.

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