Missouri man tried to purchase chemical weapon with bitcoin
Writings discovered within the Columbia dwelling of the person, Jason William Siesser, “articulated Siesser’s heartache, anger and resentment over a breakup, and a need for the one who prompted the heartache to die,” the Justice Division mentioned in a press launch.
Siesser, 46, was sentenced to 12 years in jail on Tuesday after pleading responsible in August to making an attempt to amass that weapon and to aggravated identification theft.
Siesser admitted that he tried to purchase the weapon on two events in the summertime of 2018 over the darkish net, giving the vendor a delivery deal with within the identify of a juvenile, the Justice Division mentioned. The darkish net, an unlimited space of the web that requires a particular net browser to entry, is usually utilized by criminals to anonymize their tracks as they commerce in medication, weapons and different unlawful objects.
In his first strive, on July 4 that yr, Siesser ordered two 10-milliliter models of the chemical and paid with the digital foreign money bitcoin, the division mentioned.
After the vendor didn’t ship the chemical, Siesser tried to contact the vendor, telling them, “I plan to make use of it quickly after I obtain it,” in response to the Justice Division.
A month later, Siesser ordered three 10-milliliter models of the weapon and paid for the order with bitcoin then valued at $150. That quantity of the chemical might kill about 300 folks, the division mentioned.
Officers mentioned a managed supply of a package deal that contained an inert substance was made to Siesser’s dwelling on Aug. 23 that yr.
“Siesser believed the package deal contained the chemical weapon he had ordered, signed for the package deal and took it contained in the residence,” the Justice Division mentioned.
Regulation enforcement officers later discovered the substance on a shelf in his storage, the division mentioned.
Additionally they discovered “two separate and seemingly unopened delivery bins on the shelf subsequent to it.”
Inside these bins have been “roughly 10 grams of cadmium arsenide, a poisonous compound, which may be lethal if ingested or inhaled; roughly 100 grams of cadmium metallic; and roughly 500 mL of hydrochloric acid,” the Justice Division mentioned.
“An bill for these merchandise confirmed that they had been ordered collectively on March 30, 2018.”