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Smollett case: Whoever mailed the racist, homophobic ‘hate letter’ to his TV network broke federal law and will face felony charges

By J. D. Heyes

As more details surrounding “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett and his apparent hate crime hoax are revealed, a bombshell report from a local Chicago investigative news site has gone largely unnoticed.

Most of the coverage regarding Smollett has centered around the attack itself, the aftermath, what he told police, what police now believe happened, and the alleged involvement of two Nigerian brothers reportedly paid by the actor to stage the assault.

But one facet of the evolving storyline that has escaped the attention of most Americans following along, as well as most news organizations reporting on this saga, is how it began in the first place: with a juvenile-looking letter sent to Fox studios addressed to Smollett.

As reported by CWB Chicago, someone dropped the letter into a mailbox in Chicago’s southwest suburbs on Jan. 18, several days before Smollett’s alleged hate crime took place and made national news. 

The envelope containing the letter looked like a three-year-old had written it. It was sent to Smollett at Cinespace Studios, located on Chicago’s West Side where the program originates. “MAGA” — which stands for the president’s “Make America Great Again” 2016 campaign slogan — was written haphazardly in the return address space. Four days later, the website reported, the letter showed up at the studio and into Smollett’s hands.

“Something about the envelope must have raised concerns. Smollett would later tell police that he and Empire’s executive producer donned gloves before they opened it and exposed themselves to a threat letter covered in white powder. Police logged the time as 2:30 p.m.,” CBS Chicago reported. 

The powder, it was determined later, turned out to be crushed Tylenol tablets. The letter, which featured words and letters cut out of a magazine, threatened Smollett using racial, homophobic language: “You will die black f*g.”

A week or so later is when Smollett initially reported the alleged attack to police, claiming he was beaten by two “MAGA” hat-wearing white males who poured a bleach-like substance on him, put a noose around his neck, and hollered, “This is MAGA country!”


But as Smollett was reporting the attack to Chicago PD, “a multi-agency federal investigation into the source of the threat letter was entering its seventh day,” the local news site reported.

That probe is being headed by the FBI’s Chicago Field Office and began, at least, as a terrorist threat investigation. The bureau is being assisted by personnel from the United States Postal Inspection Service, a serious law enforcement entity of the U.S. Postal Service founded by none other than American patriot Benjamin Franklin.

“Whoever sent the letter to Smollett may have considered the mail to be an untraceable way to deliver a message,” CWB Chicago reported. “They’d be mistaken.”

The USPS Inspection Service has a number of ways to track letters back to their source, but a modern technique involves technology: Cellphone tracking. Beyond that, other evidence is piling up.

The two Nigerian brothers whom police initially identified and picked up for questioning told investigators last week that Smollett planned the hate crime hoax because he was angry the threat letter didn’t get more attention.

Meanwhile, FBI and USPS agents have been trying to discover the origins of the threat letter for nearly a month, “giving it far more ‘attention’ than he knew,” CWB Chicago reports.

In a tweet, the news agency quoted a “very good” crime investigator who said, “This is not a whodunit. It’s a how-many-people-dunit.” The threat letter is a “direct” link to the alleged attack, the investigation source added.

Whoever mailed the threat letter “made an enormous mistake,” the news site was told, adding that their sources say federal charges are “certain.”

Per a legal (attorney) source: “If they have Smollett on the letter, he’ll be facing ‘terroristic hoax’ charges, a felony. There may be federal obstruction charges as well.”

A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.

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Deb

I hope this article is not true, you mean Smollett sent the letter to himself? That unfortunately is how I am reading the article. While hate is bad, pretending hate needs to be worse. I am for MAGA, but when they started saying he had hired the two brothers to do this, I almost wished there was an actual unhinged jerk who dared to do this and wear a MAGA hate. I also hoped the MAGA hat wearers were wearing the hat to be deceptive – but never dreamed he hired them himself.

MoreFreedom
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MoreFreedom

So Smollett can be prosecuted for sending himself a hoax hate letter? I don’t think this is the case, but bringing it to the attention of the police or informing and involving others I could understand as being a crime. The reporter should have consulted a lawyer or prosecutor and informed us of what law is being broken here. We’d like to know the potential penalty, in relation to the crime of sending letters with dangerous powder. And is there a crime regarding sending hate letters, or does freedom of speech apply and if not why? Loading...

sensen22
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sensen22

Anybody falsely using resources, paid for by others, should spend some time in jail.

DazzRat
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DazzRat

Gee, I wonder who could have sent him the letter? I hope the FBI has their most crackerjack forensic experts and bloodhounds working on the case round-the-clock. I wonder if they have any potential suspects or vague ideas. Maybe it was Russians. #JusticeForJussie

Marsha Frey
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Marsha Frey

The only way to stop these “hate hoaxes” which are aimed 99.9% of the time at Trump or Trump supporters — is to bring the full force of every law broken and the full penalty for each. I believe Jussie just might be the first.

Don McCoy
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Don McCoy

Are we all pretending he didn’t orchestrate the letter, too? LOL! I heard he was charged for filing a false report. He’ll NEVER serve time for it. He’s a dangerous man.

Strange Days Indeed
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Strange Days Indeed

The mainstream media that all lined up to fall for this story should all turn in their press credentials. It was ridiculous on its face and Smollett has to be one of the worst actors in history: he couldn’t stop smiling throughout the entire [first] NBC interview. It’s a joke from start to finish.

MathPhile
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MathPhile

If he sent the letter to himself, evidence will eventually point to him, adding to his problems. then you have his blatant denials, then you have to wonder about the mind that wanted to go through all of this drama.

Lynn chinch
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Lynn chinch

Hmm lynching letter; lynch around nexk; anti-lynching bill by harris and booker; both 2020 wannabees
How many people were lynched in last 5-10 years that makes this bill needed? Needed a little more attention Hmmm
Fyi it is already illegal to hang someone

Huge Heffner
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This guy hates white people.

This guy is what you would normally classify as a “racist”.

D3F1ANT
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D3F1ANT

“Whoever sent the letter to Smollett may have considered the mail to be an untraceable way to deliver a message…They’d be mistaken.”

Bad news for “whoever” (Smollett) sent the letter! LOL! I know…we have to pretend it wasn’t him…until the MSM just can’t cover for him anymore…just like the truth about the “attack”! EVERYONE east of the Mississippi knew he was lying…and the MSM was still covering for him 2 weeks later! LOL! They are bigger frauds than Smollett!

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