Felony charge over stick figure threat

A woman scheduled to be released from prison will remain incarcerated, say authorities in Idaho, because she mailed a threatening stick figure drawing to a relative. [WaPo]

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  1. ‘[The image] depicted a battered stick figure alongside threatening phrases such as “No tears,” ‘’No hiding,” and “No more you.” 

    “One stick figure appeared to be lying down with his face smashed. The baseball bat was lying nearby with damage that appeared to be consistent with its use on the first stick figure. The second stick figure appeared to be walking away with a smile,” Wright wrote.’

    Artistic skill aside, that sounds like a threat against someone’s life.

    1. “Lakes sent a letter with the drawing that indicated her prison sentence was coming to an end and that the recipient should be prepared for his final moments.”

      Seems legit.

      Also, XKCD gone bad.

    2. “One stick figure appeared to be lying down with his face smashed. The baseball bat was lying nearby with damage that appeared to be consistent with its use on the first stick figure. The second stick figure appeared to be walking away with a smile,”

      Death threats aside, that right there is a hilarious use of lawyer speak to describe what could be boiled down to: “the one who’s smiling has beaten the shit out of the other one with a baseball bat.”

  2. If the article is accurate, I’ve got to say I’m with the Idaho authorities on this one. No doubt the US has an over-incarceration problem, but this news does not support that general argument.

  3. Sending threats is against jail rules even more so than normal societies rules. Can’t live with it in there? Stick around until you can.

  4. I’m pretty sure that death threats are considered poor taste in general, and I’d be especially concerned about somebody whose impulse control is apparently so bad that they would send one from prison…

  5. Why is this on BB? Am I missing out on some irony someplace? Did she get Matthew Inman to draw the stick figure?

  6. The method used:  writing, telephone, interpretive dance or stick figure does not change the message.   If she was being released on parole or early release, she dug her own grave and is criminally stupid.

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