Cross-dresser sentenced for threats
BY DAN HORN • DHORN@ENQUIRER.COM • NOVEMBER 4, 2009
A Hamilton man was sentenced to 30 months in prison Wednesday for threatening to blow up several Cincinnati-area landmarks, including the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
Frederick Purvis, 43, used phony names when he sent the threats via e-mail to the FBI and several media outlets in October and November 2008. No explosives were found and Purvis was arrested without incident Nov. 20, shortly after sending his final threat from a computer at an Erlanger hotel.
Purvis, whose family has said he has a history of mental problems, was wearing a wig, women's clothing and makeup at the time of his arrest.
U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott imposed the sentence and ordered him to serve six years of parole when he gets out of prison.
Federal prosecutors said Purvis' mental state and history of problems don't excuse his behavior. They described the many threats he made, including some against radio personalities and former President George W. Bush, as mean-spirited and alarming.
Court records show that Purvis made at least 10 threats in October and November of last year using fictitious names, such as "Destiny Michaels," "Amanda Dawn Carr" and "Abdul Yohanish."
In one e-mail, he pretended to be WCPO-TV news anchor Carol Williams. In another, he threatened to kill WLW Radio host Tracy Jones.
One of his first e-mails, which was sent to a U.S. Department of Treasury web site, threatened to bomb the Denver International Airport and to kill President Bush.
"I will shoot myself in the ladies bathroom at 3:30 p.m. because I do not wish to live any longer," Purvis wrote. "If I live I will kill President Bush."
Subsequent e-mails to the FBI and media outlets included threats to bridges, casinos and Cincinnati's airport.
"Please take this threat seriously because people's lives are at stake!!!" one e-mail said.
Authorities say Purvis used false names and computers with Internet connections at hotels to avoid detection. But local police and the FBI eventually tracked him to the Erlanger hotel and arrested him.
Purvis has been in and out of jail since 1991, when he was convicted of attempted burglary. Later charges accused him of stealing baggage at the airport, misusing a credit card, lying to obtain birth control pills and pretending to be a woman on his driver's license application.
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