A Maryland man was arrested and charged in connection with emailed death threats to infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci and his family as well as to a second official at the National Institutes of Health over the course of seven months.
Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., 56, is accused in a federal criminal complaint of committing violations ranging from threats against a federal official to interstate communication containing a threat to harm.
Connally, the probable cause documents read, allegedly emailed Dr. Fauci and another official at the NIH with the threats between Dec. 28, 2020 and July 21.
The first email written to Dr. Fauci and dated Dec. 28, 2020, had the subject line: “Hope you get a bullet in your compromised satanic elf skull today,” according to the complaint.
In the unsigned email, sent from the Swiss-based encrypted ProtonMail address “naturtheateralhena,” the writer called Fauci a “freemason criminal.”
“You are a lying sack of s**t, all the way back to your bulls**t HIV scam,” the email reads, in part.
A second email sent the same day reads, in part: “you will wish you were dead when I’m finished bludgeoning your disgusting elf freemason skull into the pavement.”
On April 24, 2021, Fauci received a third threatening email from the same account, according to the probable cause affidavit.
“You will hunted [sic], captured, tortured and killed, you sickening, vile, disgusting liar and fraud, you vile, disgusting satanic elf,” the email states.
The same day, Fauci received a series of six more emails from the ProtonMail address that made threats against the doctor and his family, according to the probable cause affidavit.
“You and your disgusting wife and daughters are getting 6 mandatory shots to their disgusting pig snouts while you watch,” one email began before continuing with threats including getting “beaten to death, and set on fire.”
After the seven emails were sent to Fauci, Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the NIH, received four emails from the ProtonMail account, according to the probable cause affidavit.
In those emails, Collins was called slurs and his and his family’s lives were also threatened.
About a month later, on May 27, 2021, Fauci allegedly received another email from the account with the subject line: “Cutting your scalp off and sewing it onto a rat.”
The emailer wrote Fauci was “one sick f***ing piece of s**t elf” that “would make Mengele blush,” according to the court documents.
“I hope you have every bone in your skull broken with crowbars and sledgehammers. I hope you have the teeth curbstomped out of your disgusting elf face, you dirty f***ing liar and fraud,” the email reads, concluding, “I want you off my planet, you sickening little f***.”
On July 21, Fauci received two more emails from the ProtonMail account repeating some of the same threats against him and his family, the court documents state.
In the documents, investigators claim they were able to determine the naturtheateralhena ProtonMail email was linked for verification purposes to an Instagram account of a similar name that was created in May 2020.
That Instagram account, the probable cause affidavit states, was then linked to an Internet Protocal (IP) address connected to a cabin Connally rented between April 16, 2020 and June 1, 2020, which fell in the range of dates the Instagram account was created.
A rental extension Connally signed, the documents state, listed a phone number and an email. Law enforcement was then able to get a search warrant to obtain emails from the account that Connally allegedly had been using since July 2014 and used to communicate with the naturtheateralhena ProtonMail account and others.
“Our public health officials deserve our thanks and appreciation for their tireless work, and we will not hesitate to bring charges against those individuals who seek to use fear to silence these public servants,” acting U.S. attorney Jonathan Lenzner said after Connally’s arrest.
If convicted, Connally faces up to five years in federal prison for interstate communication containing a threat to harm and 10 years for making threats against a federal official, the The Washington Post reported.