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An Alaska resident, Arther Charles Graham, was taken into custody this week on charges of threatening to kidnap and harm a US senator.
Graham, from Kenai, Alaska, was arrested on Monday and is currently detained in Anchorage, with a detention hearing slated for Friday. While the senator in question wasn’t explicitly named in the official documents, references pointing to the senator as “she” have led to speculations surrounding Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska’s only female senator. As of now, Sen. Murkowski’s office has yet to issue any comments.
Court records reveal that Graham, while expressing distress over a looming eviction, sent a message via a congressional website, threatening the senator by saying he wanted to “hunt you down, cut the flesh off your body, and wear your skin like clothes.” He added, “I’ll live inside of YOU. I may as well because I ain’t got nowhere else to live.”
Graham’s arrest comes at a time when threats against public officials are notably increasing. A separate incident last week saw a Nevada resident arrested for directing antisemitic and explicit voicemails at Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev. Meanwhile, another case emerged this week involving an Alabama man being charged over threats against Fulton County officials related to the Georgia election interference case linked to former President Donald Trump and his associates.