Monday, December 10, 2018

Dylann Roof's prison penpal arrested by FBI before carrying out her own mass murder plot

Elizabeth “Bee” Ridge LeCron, 23, of Toledo, Ohio has been busy.

She's been writing to convicted mass murderer and death row inmate Dylann Roof since July.

Lecron and an associate traveled to Colorado to pay homage to the Columbine school shooters.

And she's been collecting explosive materials so she could commit her own mass murder by attacking an unidentified Toledo bar.

According to a USDOJ affidavit filed in the case:

Lecron came to the attention of law enforcement earlier this year after one of her associates expressed a desire to conduct a violent attack. Further investigation revealed Lecron frequently posted voluminous photographs and comments on social media glorifying mass murderers, including the Columbine shooters and Dylann Roof.

After her Tumblr account was shut down because of offensive content, Lecron started a new profile -- “CharlestonChurchMiracle,” -- where she continued to post photos and comments about mass casualty attacks.

Lecron and an associate flew to Denver in order to visit Columbine High School. Around this time, she also began corresponding with Roof and attempted to send him Nazis literature.

Earlier in August, undercover FBI agents and confidential sources communicated with Lecron. In August, she stated she and an associate 1 had devised a plan to commit an “upscale mass murder” at a Toledo bar. She stated she knew the bar only had two ways in or out, which could be a tactical advantage when police arrived.

Later that month, Lecron stated she wanted to meet other anarchists in order to form a team. She stated she wanted to damage a livestock farm to set livestock free. She later confirmed she was willing to sabotage anything that harms the environment.

A week later, on August 28, she reiterated she wanted to attack a farm that raises pigs or cows. The next day, Lecron stated she could not locate such a farm and was going to focus on something else.

In September, Lecron met with undercover FBI agents and stated she and an associate started to make a pipe bomb. She stated she “definitely want(ed) to make a statement up here” and thought the place where she worked could be a good target because she believed they were polluting the river behind the plant.

On December 4, Lecron has discussions with an undercover agent regarding a pipeline bombing. Lecron agreed to buy black powder needed to make a bomb.

On December 8, Lecron met with a source at a retail sporting good stores, where she entered the store by herself and purchased two pounds of Hodgson Triple Seven Muzzleloading Propellant. She then went to a larger retailer in Perrysburg, where she purchased 665 screws of various sizes, some as large as three inches.

Lecron said to the source: “So I guess I’ll talk to you when the deed is done?” She later said: “I’m very excited...stick it to him man…be safe.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, which is comprised of members of the FBI, Homeland Security and Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Toledo Police Department, is leading the ongoing investigation. They were assisted by the FBI’s office in Denver. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Freeman.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant's role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

James Alex Fields Jr
Of note, Lecron hails from Maumee, Ohio, which is just south of Toledo. That town only has a population of around 14,000, and is also home to neo-Nazi killer James Alex Fields Jr., 22, who was just convicted last week in Charlottesville, VA for the first degree murder of activist Heather Heyer. Fields drove his car into a crowd during the 'Unite the Right' rally in August of last year. Juror return to deliberating his sentence tomorrow morning.

It's rather unusual that both Lecron and Fields, who are within a year of age, would both come out of the same small town. 

Dylann Roof
Mass murderer Dylann Roof, now 24, entered the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015. During the prayer service, he shot and killed nine people - all African Americans.

Roof was found guilty of a multitude of charges and on January 11, 2017 he was sententence to death by lethal injection. He awaits his execution at USP Terre Haute, which is where the federal death row for men is located.

It was later discovered during the aftermath of the shooting that Roof owned a website called The Last Rhodesian where he posted about his hatred for African-Americans and shared a number of neo-Nazi and white supremacist messages.

He, also, published a personal manifesto, which you can find in the Hate Trackers Library in its entirety.

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