Photo taken 2004; Credit WKOW.com
26 year-old Katherine R. Windels has been charged for sending emails containing bomb threats and death threats to Wisconsin state senators during the budget battles last month.
According to the Milwauakee Journal Sentinel:
Windels was charged with two felony counts “bomb scare” and two misdemeanor counts of “computer message-threatening injury/bodily harm.” If convicted, each felony count carries a maximum penalty of three years and six months in prison and a $10,000 fine, and each misdemeanor count carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in prison and a $1,000 fine.
Windels was never arrested, but released on her own recognizance. This is surprising, since it now comes to light that she was investigated last year for similar activity. It is not known what she wrote exactly, as police redacted all content of the emails, but an acquaintance, Lisa Patterson, who received the e-mails, felt compelled to take them to the police. The police merely told Windels to cease contact with Patterson.
In this latest caper meanwhile, Winands used the alias “Lisa Patterson.” Vindictiveness perhaps?
Liberty Chick reported at BigGovernment Friday that the Mackinaw Center recently received similar threats from a female caller. Could this be the same person again?
Winands’ e-mails got a lot of play when they first appeared. They were particularly vicious. Here is the complete text of one:
Sent: Wed 3/9/2011 9:18 PM
To: Sen.Kapanke; Sen.Darling; Sen.Cowles; Sen.Ellis; Sen.Fitzgerald; Sen.Galloway; Sen.Grothman; Sen.Harsdorf; Sen.Hopper; Sen.Kedzie; Sen.Lasee; Sen.Lazich; Sen.Leibham; Sen.Moulton; Sen.Olsen
Subject: Atten: Death threat!!!! Bomb!!!!
Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.
WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me have decided that we’ve had enough. We feel that you and the people that support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand for it any longer. So, this is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it’s a matter of public records.
We have all planned to assult you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, we decided that we wouldn’t leave it there. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message to you since you are so “high” on Koch and have decided that you are now going to single handedly make this a dictatorship instead of a demorcratic process. So we have also built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent.
This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won’t tell you all of them because that’s just no fun. Since we know that you are not smart enough to figure out why this is happening to you we have decided to make it perfectly clear to you. If you and your goonies feel that it’s necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families and themselves then We Will “get rid of” (in which I mean kill) you.
Please understand that this does not include the heroic Rep. Senator that risked everything to go aganist what you and your goonies wanted him to do. We feel that it’s worth our lives to do this, because we would be saving the lives of 300,000 people. Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. YOU WILL DIE!!!!
While media outlets have provided scant information about Windels other than her age and physical characteristics, Gateway Pundit and Underground Conservative identified someone of similar description who is a nursery school teacher.
The PeekYou profile of one Katherine A. Windels describes work with Head Start and the Red Caboose daycare center in Madison. The picture provided is also a fairly good match for the photo included here, from the Madison, WI, ABC affiliate WKOW.com. Her LinkedIn profile is more detailed:
Practicum experiences at Orchard Ridge Nursery School, Meeting House Nursery School, Wexford Head Start, and Red Caboose Nursery School. Worked with children ages 1-6 in preschool and kindergarten classrooms. Applied child development theory to practice. Observed, recorded, and assessed children’s growth and development. Implemented developmentally appropriate guidance strategies. Intregrated my knowledge of health, safety and nutrition practices into the classroom setting according to local, state, and national standards. Developed and used interpersonal skills to develop respectful relationships with children and adults. Advocated for children, families, and the profession.
Children ages 1 – 6…
This would seem to be of a piece with everything else the unions do to get their way. And they wonder why we want to curb their power!
Except for the revelation that Winands had another run-in with the law in October, a story uncovered by fellow examiner Joe Newby, the media has been completely silent.
Two of the journalists who initially broke the story, Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel Online and Sandy Cullen of the Wisconsin State Journal, had no information on Winands line of work and whether or not she was a teacher. When asked if they planned to pursue the story further, neither responded.
This would not be the case were Winands a conservative.