A Kenai man who was distraught about his life situation and his fear of being homeless now has a warm place to live and food served to him three times a day — in jail.
Arther Graham, 46, threatened a senator believed by many to be Sen. Lisa Murkowski, writing to her in an email: “Until I get new information [redacted United States Senator], my plan is ima’ hunt you down, cut the flesh off your body and wear your skin like clothes. I’ll live inside of YOU [United States Senator 1].”
Threatening anyone in this manner is a crime, but threatening a U.S. senator in this manner is a federal felony.
Graham continued in his email to the senator, explaining his predicament, “I may as well because I ain’t got nowhere else to live. The bank is taking my parents’ house. When I inherit my mom’s municipal bonds, I’m going to use them as kindling to start my homeless-person campfire, when I inevitably become a homeless person like I was when I was a little boy.”
The FBI came calling after tracking down his computer’s IP address, and arrested Graham, who admitted he had written the email.
“He admitted that he had stated in his email to United States Senator 1 that he would take her flesh off, use it as a coat, and live inside of her.” the document stated.
Graham made his first court appearance on Friday, has a detention hearing set for Thursday, could face five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He is currently housed at the Anchorage Correctional Complex, charged with using interstate communications with a threat to kidnap and injure in violation of 18 U.S.C. §875(c). If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
Graham has a history of mental health disorders, as evidenced on his court records with the State of Alaska. He had a 2008 conviction for Assault in the 3rd and 4th Degree, and was required to get mental health help by the court, and to submit proof he had complied. In March of 2023, he was arrested for criminal mischief and pleaded guilty.