Iowa Man Accused Of Sending 'Anthrax' Powder To Gay Bar For 'Sinning'

| by Michael Allen
Eric Reece Wiethorn.Eric Reece Wiethorn.

The Blazing Saddle, a gay bar in Des Moines, Iowa, reportedly received a suspicious and offensive letter on March 27.

The letter included some white power and the statement, "This is your punishment for sinning against God, and hopefully you’ll die from the anthrax on this letter!"

Blazing Saddle owner Robert “Mongo” Eikleberry told WHO-TV, "When the powder came out I thought, 'Wait a minute.' After 9/11 you just can’t trust anything."

Eikleberry called authorities, which resulted in the police, fire department and a hazardous materials team coming to the bar.

Eikleberry added, “And when hazmat finally got here in full containment suits, they came out and took their very expensive equipment and analyzed it, found out it was Gold Bond Medicated Powder.”

The Des Moines Register reports that Eric Reece Wiethorn, 49, was arrested this week for sending the letter and powder. Wiethorn was charged with first-degree harassment.

Des Moines police claim they got an anonymous tip and contacted Wiethorn, who confessed.

Sources: WHO-TV, The Des Moines Register
Image Credit: Des Moines Police Department Media Handout