12 Criminal 'Masterminds' Who Made Threats Right Out in the Open

Don’t say “bomb” in an airport. Don’t even tweet “bomb” to an airport.
12 Criminal 'Masterminds' Who Made Threats Right Out in the Open

As we recently learned while compiling this list, issuing a threat over social media, via text message, or through email is a federal crime that is punishable by up to five years in federal prison. You could even face state or local charges, so let’s just be safe and not threaten anyone online. Or in person, for that matter. Ya know what… If threatening people happens to be your jam at all, maybe reassess your anger management and conflict resolution skills.

You might not think the internet is real life, but as you’ll find out, airlines and law enforcement definitely think it is. A 14 year old Dutch girl found out the hard way after she tweeted a pretty intense terrorist “joke” to American Airlines. What felt like a thoughtless remark in the moment risked prison time and that whole “felon” label. Here’s that criminal mastermind and 11 others who made threats right out in the open.

Remember the Mannequin Challenge? These guys definitely do.

CRACKED A HIGHLY ILLEGAL MANNEQUIN CHALLENGE. In Alabama, a group posed with guns, re-enacting a drive-by shooting. The video led police to the house, where they found a marijuana dealing ring, illegal firearms, and stolen goods. TRUE E


Wait, intimidating employees is illegal?

CRACKED DAVID PORTNOY'S ANTI-UNION RAMPAGE. The Barstool Sports co-founder wrote a series of tweets threatening to fire employees if they attempted to unionize. Не settled with the National Labor Relations Board, because threatening to fire employees for unionizing is illegal. State JIM NORTON SAM ROBERTS

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It’s someone else’s picture. They’ll never know it’s us!

CRACKED A SNAPCHAT SCHOOL SHOOTING HOAX. Two Kentucky teens created a Snapchat profile under someone else's name, and threatened a school shooting. It was a hoax, but Tristan Kelly (18) and Cody Ritchey (19) spent 27 months in federal prison.

Justice / Kentucky 

You can brag about anything on social media!

CRACKED A FLORIDA WOMAN BRAGS ABOUT DRUNK DRIVING. While driving, Whitney Beall went live on Periscope and told people how she had been drinking before getting in the car. Many viewers called 911, and police found her (intoxicated and driving with a flat tire). a Naba Din US 19 16940 TO 16120


Someone in New York got a text about a bomb in South Carolina.

CRACKED BOMB THREATS TO RANDOM PHONE NUMBERS. Karry Taylor (21) texted 3 random numbers (2 in South Carolina, and 1 in New York), saying that someone left a bomb in the Veterans Affairs hospital parking lot. All 3 called the police and he was sentenced to a year in prison. LG Ve lo

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Like Crank Yankers, but not funny what-so-ever.

CRACKED THE BOMB-THREAT BROADCAST. In North Carolina, Ashton Lundeby (18) called in numerous bomb threats to several Universities and FBI offices, then broadcasted those calls on the internet. Не was sentenced to 22 months in federal prison.

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OMG, I was like, just kidding. Please don’t tell my parents!

CRACKED AIRLINES AND TERRORISM JOKES DO NOT MIX. A 14 year old Dutch girl tweeted American Airlines, Hello my name's Ibrahim and I'm from Afghanistan. I'm part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I'm gonna do something really big bye. They forwarded her IP address to the FBI and she was arrested. Sarah @QueenDemetriax_n2h @AmericanAir hello my name's Ibrahim and I'm from Afghanistan I'm part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I'm gonna do something really big bye Details Reply 27 Retweet Favorite ... More American Airlines Follow @AmericanAir @queendemetriax_ Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your


Who raised these Roofs?

CRACKED MAYBE MASS MURDER RUNS IN THE FAMILY. Morgan Roof Snapchatted People against gun violence should be shot dead. Fellow students took the post seriously since she's the sister of Dylan Roof (who murdered 9 people in a church). She was arrested on campus with a knife in her possession.


One of the darkest pranks ever.

CRACKED A HUMAN LIFE FOR 100 RETWEETS. Dakkari McAnuff tweeted a pic of his sniper rifle pointed at people, and said he'd shoot someone if his post got 100 retweets. An hour later, he tweeted a pic of a bleeding man with, Man down. Mission Completed. Police tracked his location and arrested him.

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Maybe he had a terrible past-life in Minnesota?

CRACKED A HOSTAGE HOAX FROM AFAR. Zachary Morgenstern used social media and phone calls to threaten Minnesota schools. Не told Minn. police that he'd kill hostages, but it was revealed that he called from Texas. Не was sentenced to 3.5 years in federal prison for the hoax.


We can all look back on cringeworthy Facebook posts, but this takes the cake.

CRACKED NEWSWORTHY IDIOCY. As Oregon police investigated a hit and run, Jacob Cox-Brown (18) posted Drivin drunk... classsic;) but to whoever's vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P His friends contacted police, and they easily linked him to the crime.


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