Alaska man threatened to hunt down Lisa Murkowski, skin the senator, wear her flesh ‘like clothes’: Feds

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An Alaska man threatened to skin a Republican senator and wear her flesh “like clothes,” according to federal authorities.

Arther Charles Graham – from Kenai, Alaska – was arrested on Monday. Graham, 46, was charged with knowingly and willfully transmitting interstate and foreign commerce communications containing a threat to kidnap and injure a United States senator.

On Sept. 28, Graham is accused of sending a threatening email to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) through the senator’s website.

“Until I get new information [United States Senator 1], my plan is ima’ hunt you down, cut the flesh off your body and wear your skin like clothes,” according to a federal complaint unsealed this week. “I’ll live inside of YOU [United States Senator 1].”

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In the email, Graham allegedly said that he was being evicted and he was “in the dark here.”

Graham reportedly said he “ain’t got nowhere else to live” and that he would “inevitably become a homeless person” like when he was a “little boy.”

He allegedly added, “Also, I’m gonna cut off your skin and wear it as clothes. Oops I said that already. Someone call the police.”

Congressional staff members notified the United States Capitol Police Threat Assessment Section on Oct. 3.

On Oct. 10, FBI special agents interviewed Graham at his home in Kenai, Alaska.

FBI agents said that Graham confessed to sending the threatening emails to Murkowski. Graham told the agents that he knew that sending the message was against the law, according to the criminal complaint.

The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News.

Murkowski was the target of another murder threat. In April 2022, Jay Allen Johnson was sentenced to 32 months in prison and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine after pleading guilty to two counts of threatening to murder Alaska’s two U.S. senators.

Johnson, 65 and from Alaska, threatened to murder Republican Sens. Murkowski and Dan Sullivan. He left 17 threatening voicemails for Alaska’s two U.S. senators over a five-month period, according to court documents.

The Department of Justice stated:

On September 2, 2021, Johnson left a voicemail at the Washington D.C. office of Senator Lisa Murkowski containing several threats, including a threat to “burn” the Senator’s properties. Johnson then asked if the Senator knew what a .50 caliber shell “does to a human head.” On September 29, Johnson left another voicemail threatening to hire an assassin to kill the U.S. Senator. Johnson also left threatening voicemail messages for Senator Dan Sullivan between April 2021 and September 2021, including one in which he threatened to get his “.50 caliber out,” hold a “GoFundMe page for the …shells,” and to come “with a vengeance mother****er.”

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