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Megadeth Fan Arrested For Making Shooting Spree Threats Online

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According to The Vancouver Sun newspaper, a 44-year-old Appleton, Wisconsin man was arrested on charges of unlawful use of computerized communication systems and disorderly conduct after requesting a Megadeth song via the chat room function on a Windsor, Ontario, Canada-based hard rock and metal Internet radio show.

Trevor Fenton and Pat Ryan, hosts of "The MeltDown Show" on HardRockRadioLive, were taking song requests on Tuesday afternoon when a listener logged into the station's chat room as, "Watch_The_National _new_tomorrow_ I_am_going _to_go _a_ shooting_spree_ in_Appleton_WI." The listener proceeded to ask the hosts to play the Megadeth track "Killing Is My Business . . . And Business Is Good", adding to his comment that it would be, "good music to go postal & kill a bunce of people to."

"We had to take that threat seriously, we couldn't ignore him. That was something we just couldn't ignore and not report," said host Pat Ryan. "It could have been a prank. But if he was serious and something happened, I wouldn't have been able to live with myself."

Fenton contacted the Appleton Police Department and helped an officer identify the man by tracking an IP address to a computer at a public library. Online court records indicate the same man was convicted in 2000 of two misdemeanor offenses involving unlawful use of computerized communication.

"I think you would have to agree that in the day and age we're living in, any time there are threats made like that we need to take them seriously," Appleton Police sergeant Pat DeWall said. "Even if this person doesn't have a violent past, you have to always assume the worst, and hope for the best."

Source: The Vancouver Sun

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1. brandedcfh420 writes:

just have ol dave perform an excorcism on him and all will be good...

# Sep 2, 2011 @ 5:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. DreamHeater writes:

I actually feel sorry for Megadave on this one.
He's going to get so much sh** from this... and it's not even his fault.
Notice that music taste only comes into the equation because it's metal. If he had requested a Coldplay song or something, nobody would have even mentioned it.
Freaking mentally imbalanced teenagers giving us a bad name...

# Sep 2, 2011 @ 5:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. brandedcfh420 writes:

he is 44 yrs old not a teenager

# Sep 2, 2011 @ 5:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Blindgreed1 writes:

TAG: Dont you have spell check brothah? lol.

# Sep 2, 2011 @ 5:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. DreamHeater writes:

Branded, I was just speaking generally about the teenager thing. You know, like the Ozzy suicide case and the Minnesota shooting.
Adults can be mentally imbalanced too...

# Sep 2, 2011 @ 7:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. silvermountains writes:

Sad story all around the table on this one. I just think it's sad how metal songs get misunderstood by people outside of the metal genre.

# Sep 2, 2011 @ 7:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Necrovomit writes:

damn kids and your rock music (shakes walking stick)

# Sep 2, 2011 @ 7:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Brucezombie writes:

That guy deserves to go to jail just for being a dumb ass.

# Sep 2, 2011 @ 7:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Greyback writes:

The guy's obviously some whiny kid stuck in a 44 year old's body. Probably has a mental condition that prevents him from thinking properly,. The music was just the vehicle and the thing on which people will blame it on, and unjustly so.

# Sep 2, 2011 @ 7:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. BoltThrower writes:

There are a bunce of idiots out there. Look out.

# Sep 2, 2011 @ 9:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. ZMA writes:

Was that dude expecting something different to happen?

# Sep 2, 2011 @ 9:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. kallah writes:

Holy sh*t. That guy should be a nominee for the 2011 dumbass awards.

# Sep 2, 2011 @ 11:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. The_Avant_Garde writes:

BG: Of course I do but please check the source before you slam me about spelling lol those are direct quotes, taken from the source article haha

# Sep 3, 2011 @ 1:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Booots writes:

This guy may have a mental illness. I've never seen any grown men on library computers that weren't wearing gumboots.

# Sep 3, 2011 @ 9:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. WOLF7 writes:

Well, with the IQ level of a regular Megadeth fan, what do you expect?

# Sep 3, 2011 @ 12:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. RTB writes:

Damn those radical christians..
Dave mustaine, the modern day jim jones

# Sep 3, 2011 @ 5:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. fuck that faggot writes:

should've killed himself instead

# Sep 3, 2011 @ 6:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. David J Lefever aka D-Man writes:

this guy is just a retard looking for attention. He does have alot of things wrong with him so I guess i should call him mentally challenge instead of a retard. He is always making threats to people including his daughters step mom. None of this is new. He has been making threats for years. He blames everyone else for his own problems. He should finally be put away in jail for good. He abuses drugs and lives off the us government. He had made videos talking about the govt. and state of IL stating how they are nazis and corrupt. He blames them for getting his kids taken away from him. When really it was his own fault for walking away on his family. He took down the videos on youtube once I started exploiting him to his family. Check out some of the things hes posted before.
http://www.myspace.com/dman9866
http://www.facebook.com/timeforchange420
http://www.angelfire.com/punk/dakota_dave/my_f***ed_up_life/index.album/me-and-david?i=1
http://www.topix.com/forum/chicago/TGOCBECS6S1U52DUG

# Sep 4, 2011 @ 12:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Hellspawn writes:

Oh look, an attention whore making the entire genre look bad! Like this is the first time this sh** has happened.

# Sep 4, 2011 @ 3:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. spiral_architect writes:

HE SEEMS MENTALLY UNBALANCED, EVEN MORE OF A REASON TO BE QUESTIONING HIM ABOUT HIS POSTS. BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY.

# Sep 4, 2011 @ 3:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. R10 writes:

Certainly,Spiral,no one wants a repeat of the Dimebag incedent to occur. Probably some schizo who isnt taking his meds,but better to be safe than sorry,your correct.

# Sep 4, 2011 @ 3:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. unbornthrasher writes:

This is f***ed up. Idiot just wanted some f***ing attention. If he really wanted to cause some sh** he would'nt have made such an obvious message to the media. Just another thing for metal to be the scapegoat for

# Sep 4, 2011 @ 8:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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