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Posted: 10/5/2004 2:55:26 PM EST
Man accused of bomb plot

Reuss Federal Plaza was his target, U.S. attorney says

By GINA BARTON
gbarton@journalsentinel.com

Posted: Sept. 29, 2004

A man who idolizes the Unabomber, according to court documents, was charged Wednesday with planning to blow up the Reuss Federal Plaza, a downtown office building where more than 800 government employees work.


Steven J. Parr, 39, of Janesville had made several practice bombs, one of which damaged his hearing, according to court documents. He also has "Uni" and a picture of a time bomb tattooed on his right arm.

Parr was nearing the end of a state prison term on drug charges when authorities learned of his plans to bomb the federal building, according to the criminal complaint. As a result, he was taken into federal custody instead of being released to a halfway house as scheduled Wednesday, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

"This was not just an idle threat by someone in the prison system," said U.S. Attorney Steven M. Biskupic. "We were going to make sure that none of the employees that work in that building were harmed. . . . We consider him extremely dangerous, and that is why we took action today."

According to court documents, Parr's history included an admission that he set fire to a woman's house with napalm seven years ago because he was angry with her, which added to authorities' fears.

He is charged with threatening to bomb a federal building. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Parr's cellmate alerted authorities to the plot and allowed the FBI to tape record conversations between the two. During those discussions, Parr described himself as both a separatist and a domestic terrorist. He also revealed plans to destroy the federal building using a delivery-type truck filled with fertilizer. He planned to buy a brown uniform from Farm and Fleet, attach a name tag and carry a clipboard so as not to draw attention to himself or the vehicle, according to the documents.

FBI agents were concerned that Parr had conducted surveillance of the building because he knew it is approximately 25 feet from the street, is across from The Shops of Grand Avenue and has a glass exterior. He also told his cellmate he had seen delivery trucks driving right up to the building. There is no reason someone from Janesville, which is 65 miles from Milwaukee, would know so much about the building, according to the FBI.

"This threat - it was very detailed. It was apparent that the suspect was very familiar with the makeup of this building," said David Mitchell, special agent in charge of the FBI's Milwaukee office.

Transcripts of the recorded conversations are included in the criminal complaint against Parr. In one of them, Parr said that he hoped to join Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in the history books.

"I hope it'll make people aware," he said. "I hope others will say, wow, he can stand up and make a statement like that. I might not be as radical as (McVeigh) but I surely agree with him. . . . It might generate some people to stand up and say, you know what? Enough is enough."

Parr also told the cellmate that his attitude had been declining since he lost custody of a boy who he thought was his son. Parr had been raising the boy when a paternity test proved that he wasn't the father. Parr told a new girlfriend that he had started a fire outside the home of the couple who was given custody, according to court records.

In another conversation with the cellmate, Parr talked about blowing up a building on a friend's farm for practice. Parr and his friend had run about 200 feet from the outbuilding when the explosion "knocked us right off our feet," according to the records.

At the time of Parr's arrest for selling marijuana in 2001, police seized a copy of an explosives recipe book called "The Anarchist Cookbook" and a notebook with handwritten chemical formulas for an "ammonia fountain," a "boiling tube cannon" and "mustard gas."

Parr's family members told FBI agents Tuesday that, at the time of his arrest, they removed chemistry books and large drums with chemical-type writing on them from his house. The relatives have since destroyed those items, according to court records.

So far, authorities do not think Parr had a partner in Milwaukee to help him carry out the bombing. However, they urged anyone with information about Parr, his history or his bomb-making activities to call the FBI at (414) 276-4684.

The Department of Homeland Security, which is responsible for maintaining the safety of the Reuss building, assisted in the investigation.

From the Sept. 30, 2004, editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 2:58:29 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/5/2004 3:07:47 PM EST

Originally Posted By DoubleFeed:
The unibomber was an antisocial loser who blamed society's ills on technology.
He was a fairly smart individual, but he was a sick loser.
Completely wasted life. Who would idolize that?



Roger that! He was teh suck! Big time. But his illogical followers were led on by his exceptional intelligence.

[Jules / Pulp Fiction] Yoo's a smart mutha fukka, that's right! [/JPF]

Link Posted: 10/5/2004 3:12:30 PM EST
"Steven J. Parr, 39, of Janesville had made several practice bombs, one of which damaged his hearing, according to court documents. He also has "Uni" and a picture of a time bomb tattooed on his right arm."

How did this man make several practice bombs while in prison. I understand that assertion is ludicris, which is why I am wondering if those bombs were past convictions or what?

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For JBowles:

All Your Base Are Belong to Us!!

The Bomb Sent Up To Us!!

Link Posted: 10/5/2004 4:56:06 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 8:05:21 AM EST

Originally Posted By DoubleFeed:

Originally Posted By Palo_Duro:

Originally Posted By DoubleFeed:
The unibomber was an antisocial loser who blamed society's ills on technology.
He was a fairly smart individual, but he was a sick loser.
Completely wasted life. Who would idolize that?



Roger that! He was teh suck! Big time. But his illogical followers were led on by his exceptional intelligence.

[Jules / Pulp Fiction] Yoo's a smart mutha fukka, that's right! [/JPF]


I'm told I'm exceptionally intelligent. Where can I get me some of them kind of followers?




I have green followers...and a few orange.

Link Posted: 10/6/2004 8:09:50 AM EST
Many intelligent people are either defined as "geniouses" or "nutcases" based soley on their success.

I'd still pay the .gov $150 for the unabombers 30 nought 6 rifle. For those that don't recall Ted filed acomplaint that they owed him a few hundred dollars for his posessions which they confiscated, the most valuable of which was his rifle, which he estimated to be worth ~$150.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 8:15:36 AM EST

Originally Posted By Palo_Duro:
At the time of Parr's arrest for selling marijuana in 2001, police seized a copy of an explosives recipe book called "The Anarchist Cookbook"



I've seen a copy of that book. The stuff they had written in there looked pretty dangerous. I don't think i would try it at home. A lot of "hold my beer and watch this" kind of stuff.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 8:36:12 AM EST
According to a family member the guy had NEVER been to Milwaukee and didn't even know where the building was. How the hell are you going to blow up a building when you don't know where it is. this guys is an asshat.

What worries me more is the guy who was killed last night after getting shot by a teenager(shooter was aminor IIRC) Noting up on the site yet about that one yet
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 8:40:43 AM EST
Well....there's a lot of people idolizing john Skerry..........
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 8:48:39 AM EST

According to court documents, Parr's history included an admission that he set fire to a woman's house with napalm seven years ago because he was angry with her, which added to authorities' fears.



Napalm? Where did he get Napalm? I'm willing to bet he used gasoline but our criminal-liberal media wants to scare the sheep so they report it was "napalm"
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 8:52:27 AM EST
I'll bet the guy or one of his family members was a Christian at some point in his life. See? That's proof that Christians are as militant as Muslims. We should pull out of the middle east and make war on Christians here. That will solve everything.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 9:00:28 AM EST
I spoke to Ted K on a few occasions while he was in jail. Smart, yes...a complete antisocial homicidal nutcase, yes.
Link Posted: 10/6/2004 9:03:23 AM EST
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