Charles Kroll is the presumed husband of “Melanie,” the person who’s work email account was used to send PZ Myers a very nasty death threat. This is the death threat:
You have two choices my fucked up friend, first you can quit your job for the good of the children. Or you can get your brains beat in.
The threat was issued via an email account from a florist that you’ve likely used if you’ve sent flowers more than a few times.
Well, a person I assume to be Mr. Melanie sent me an email this morning.
In it he takes responsibility for having written the email and explains that it is a shame that Melanie has had to take the rap for this. He does not mention what has happened to her as a result of his indiscretion in any detail, but in a follow up email he indicates that she was fired. While Chuck seems truly remorseful for having sent such a “moronic” email, he is not at all remorseful for Melanie being fired … he is simply angry at those who sent emails etc. to Flowers. He does not see his own responsibility in this matter at all.
Message to chuck: What would you do if Melanie received an email threatening to beat her head in? Would you not contact the sender? Seriously now. You brought this on your family entirely with your own actions. Own it, man. I personally feel badly that your anger got Melanie fired, and I hope she gets her job back. In fact, I’m sending 1-800-flowers an email saying as much. But Chuck, you need to change.
He provides a garbled explanation for how the email he wrote got sent from this particular account. Basically, I think this is just a case of people being sloppy (as they always are) with their use of email accounts. (Work vs. home, etc). In this case, the person with the work email works out of her home, which of course futher complicates things. In my view, the reaction to that sort of thing should NOT be to suddenly get anal about using email accounts. I do not need this added aggravation and neither do you.
But there is a lesson here: Don’t mix up email accounts between individuals! One person committed a federal crime with his wife’s email account, and rumors are that she lost her job. He’s blaming PZ and all the people who complained to Flowers. I blame him. And I would imagine the missus is rather pissed.
He also noted that PZ Myers is biased towards Islam and would never threaten to be mean to an Islamic artifact. Whatever.
Just thought I’d let you know….