JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A man is behind bars after making threats on the internet to assassinate President-Elect Barack Obama. As it turns out the threat is not the only thing this man posted on the web. He calls himself "Stevie the Playboy", "Trinity" and in some cases "god." Friday 42 year old Steven Joseph Christopher is in jail under federal charges, but what was his plan and why would he want to assassinate President-Elect Obama?
Steven Joseph Christopher spent time on the internet, using at least three different usernames to post about 70 different videos on Youtube.com. It was this message posted on www.alien-earth.org that caught the attention of a special agent with the U.S. Secret Service. On January 11th, Christopher wrote, "Yes, I have decided I will assassinate Barack Obama. It's really nothing personal about the man. He speaks well, has a loving although controlling wife and two cute daughters. But I know it's for the country's own good that I can do this. Barack Obama, I view more as a sacrificial lamb, but the sacrifice must take place."
As Christopher exited the federal courthouse in handcuffs, he continued to spew his message. "I'm trying to get people's attention, they were only bluffs. I'm trying to get everyone to listen to me because I have an important message from God," said Christopher. "Everyone needs to move to Florida by December 31st."
His Youtube videos range from jovial to confusing, but the message stays the same. "I do know what's going to go down soon. We all need to move to Florida, this is the end of the world as we know it," said Christopher in a video posting.
Christopher was arrested in Brookhaven. The criminal complaint reveals federal agents found driver's license photos from Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin. He posted this picture of his license on the internet. Last February he was charged in Walworth County, Wisconsin with knowingly violating a domestic abuse order. No word on when and why he came to Mississippi.
What about his assassination plot? In his web posting he had a countdown until the inauguration, but wrote he did not own a gun, someone would have to give him one and he would have to "get an easy shot off" because he's never fired a gun before. Now Christopher says it was all a bluff to get attention. Along with the attention, if convicted Christopher could get up to five years in prison and $250,000 fine. His bond hearing is Thursday.