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Encyclopedia > Chad Castagana

Chad Conrad Castagana, 39, is a American from Woodland Hills, California. Castagana was arrested by the Joint Terrorism Task Force on November 12 2006 on suspicion of sending threatening letters filled with white powder intended to mimic anthrax or other WMDs to Keith Olbermann, Jon Stewart, Sumner Redstone, David Letterman, Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer, and others.[1] Woodland Hills is the name of various communities, including: Woodland Hills, Fulton County, Arkansas Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California is a community within the city of Los Angeles. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Weapons of Mass Destruction is also the name of rapper Xzibits 2004 album. ... Keith Olbermann (born January 27, 1959) is an American news anchor, commentator and radio sportscaster. ... Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz on November 28, 1962) is a nine-time Emmy-winning American comedian, satirist, actor, author, and producer. ... Sumner Murray Redstone (born Sumner Murray Rothstein on May 27, 1923 in Boston, Massachusetts) is Chairman of the Board and controlling shareholder of the Viacom and CBS Corporation media conglomerates. ... David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947 is an award-winning American television personality, late night talk show host, television producer, Indy Racing League car owner and philanthropist. ... Nancy Patricia DAlesandro Pelosi (born March 26, 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland) is currently the Speaker of the House and the first woman Speaker of the House. ... Charles Ellis Chuck Schumer (born November 23, 1950) is a Jewish American politician. ...


In September 2006, Castagana purchased a $15 money order, made out to "Friends of Katherine Harris", at the same time he purchased the envelopes and stamps used in his alleged crimes. This helped lead the authorities to Castagana.[1] Katherine Harris (born April 5, 1957, Key West, Florida) is an outgoing second-term Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Floridas 13th congressional district (map). ...

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Background

Castagana, lacking a driver's license, traveled by foot to the mailboxes on Woodland Hills’ Ventura Boulevard. It was during this routine that he was arrested on charges of conveying false information and sending threats via the U.S. mail system.


Castagana "described himself as a compulsive voter who votes Republican, and he said that he sent the letters to specific individuals because he did not like their liberal politics," according to the FBI affidavit.[1] The Republican Party is a one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Democratic Party. ...


Castagana lived in a beige, multistory hillside home with his 78-year-old mother, rarely interacting with his neighbors. On an old van parked in the driveway of Castagana's parents hillside home, the phrase "Death to all liberals" was inscribed on the van's dirty back window. A search warrant of the Woodland Hills home revealed "possible chemicals that could be used to make weapons of mass destruction or literature that shows how to make it."[1] Additionally the search of his home revealed a large cache of newspaper clippings, and writings relating to Pelosi, Letterman, Stewart, and others such as Washington Post assistant managing editor Bob Woodward, MSNBC host Keith Olberman and New York Sen. Charles Schumer; Individuals that where the recipients, and intended recipients of Castagana’s letters.


Free Republic founder Jim Robinson aknowledged that Castagana had been a poster at Free Republic, and had been the subject of bannings in the past. Robinson noted that Castagana's last username had been Marc Costanzo.[2]The posts in question were determined to be Castagana's by examination of the IP logs.[2] Free Republic is a moderated Internet forum and activist site for conservatives, primarily within the United States. ... Marc Costanzo is the co-lead singer of a band called Len. ...


Castagana wrote about the letter-threat incidents on Free Republic, in one case noting Keith Olbermann's reported reaction to receiving one of the letters Castagana is alleged to have sent. Castagana, posting as Costanzo whose sig line read "Name your poison", wrote on Free Republic on 10-30-2006 regarding the Olbermann letter-threat "I do not believe he sent it to himself. But that is just guess work." and "I heard from a liberal blog that Olbermann was a prima donna at the hospital...." [1] Keith Olbermann (born January 27, 1959) is an American news anchor, commentator and radio sportscaster. ...


According to Raw Story, the account associated with this matter had been removed by Free Republic once the incident became public.[3] The Raw Story (often shortened to Rawsto) is a progressive Internet news publicaion founded by John K. Byrne and later joined by Larisa Alexandrovna. ...


The letters

Castagana sent at least 13 letters, but not all reached his intended victims. One letter destined for TV host Jon Stewart was received by another man named Jon Stewart.


This specific letter asked: "Do you know Alan Berg? You should. Death to demagogues." Alan Berg was a Jewish talk-radio host murdered by white-supremacists in Denver in 1984. For other people of the same name, see A. Berg. ...


Castagana also sent letters to Stewart's office at Comedy Central and his home address, and had the return addresses of percieved liberal luminaries like Norman Lear, Susan Estrich, and even William Shatner. Norman Lear (born July 27, 1922) is a Jewish-American television writer and producer who produced such popular sitcoms as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, Good Times and Maude. ... Susan Estrich on Fox News. ... William Bill Shatner (born March 22, 1931) is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian actor, who gained fame for his starring role as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the television show Star Trek from 1966 to 1969 and in seven of the subsequent movies. ...


One of the Stewart letters included a "picture of a recently deceased tsunami victim with a condition known as Priapism, an erect penis on a cadaver." Handwritten on the picture were the words, "Jon Stewart, Fuck Your Wife."


To Keith Olbermann: "There are too many demagogues in America. All of you are poisoning the well! Time to give your kind a taste of your own medicine."


To Sumner Redstone: "Fuck You Mr Monopolist"(sic)


To David Letterman: "more then one way to frag a demagogue... your kind are the real poison"(sic)


To Nancy Pelosi: "CUNTFACE. IMPEACH THIS."[2]


Indictment

On December 1, 2006, Chad Castagana was indicted in federal court in Los Angeles, California. [4] He was indicted on 14 individual counts of sending a threat or hoax via the United States Postal Service. Each count carries a possible five-year prison sentence. December 1 is the 335th (in leap years the 336th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


See also

Free Republic is a moderated Internet forum and activist site for conservatives, primarily within the United States. ... The Raw Story (often shortened to Rawsto) is a progressive Internet news publicaion founded by John K. Byrne and later joined by Larisa Alexandrovna. ... Radar magazine was an American publication that featured an eclectic, irreverent mix of articles on entertainment, fashion, politics, and general human interest. ... The following hoaxes have been perpetrated using anthrax as an implied threat. ... For other people of the same name, see A. Berg. ...

External links

  • Chad Castagana linked to several right-wing blogs Countdown With Keith Olbermann 11-14-2006
  • Daily News Coverage
  • FBI affidavit and coverage from Radar Online

References

  1. ^ a b c d Abram, Susan. "Valley man, 39, arraigned on mail threats", LA Daily News, 2006-11-13. Retrieved on 2006-11-15.
  2. ^ a b Robinson, Jim (2006-11-14). What motivated man accused of sending threats (Olbermann launches on right-wing blogs re: Castagana). Blog post. FreeRepublic. Retrieved on 2006-11-15.
  3. ^ Alexandrovna, Larisa; and Brian Beutler (2006-11-13). Alleged anthrax hoaxer may be Free Republic poster. The Raw Story. Retrieved on 2006-11-15.
  4. ^ Marquez, Jeremiah Republican indicted for mailing threats AP, CNEWS, Dec. 01, 2006

 
 

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