Chicago Man Accused of Making Beheading Terror Threats

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September 30, 2014

The St. Louis Dispatch is reporting Chicago resident Derrick Dawon Burns, 21,  was arrested Monday on eight federal charges alleging that Burns made a series of bomb and violence threats toward Southern Illinois University-Carbondale students and workers, prosecutors said. The alleged threats were made in Fall 2012 and in October 2013, prosecutors said. Postal workers discovered seven handwritten letters in postal sorting machines and collection boxes titled “The War on SIUC” or “The War on SIU,” court documents say. Another letter was directed to the FBI, and university police, staff, and students.  “These letters collectively included various threats to rape and murder, to blow up buildings, and to cause major damage to property,” according to court documents. One letter included threats to rape and decapitate female students, and said, “Give me $50 million or SIU is history,” court documents say. One letter received in September 2012 prompted officials to evacuate three Brush Tower dorms on campus to search for explosives. None were found. According to a October 2011 KFVS Action 5 News article about an Occupy protest in the Chicago area, Burns is quoted.  : Unlike their Occupy Wall Street counterparts in New York armed with sleeping

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