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MASSACHUSETTS – Amy Zuckerman, 64, of Amherst was taken into custody by Amherst police on Saturday after she made a specific threat of violence toward a journalist who works in the Walpole Times office.
Neither Amherst nor Walpole police would release the charges, according to the Metro West Daily News. Zuckerman is being held without bail and is expected to be arraigned on Monday.
The journalist received the threat via email on Friday afternoon after he requested to be taken off an email list used by Zuckerman, an author and global marketing consultant, according to Anne Brennan, editor-in-chief of the MetroWest Daily News and Milford Daily News.
The article goes on to state the following:
“The email contained what we believe to be a very serious threat of physical harm,” Brennan said on Sunday. “The nature of the threat was very specific. Oftentimes as a journalist you receive threats, people get angry at you, but they’re not specific about what they’re going to do to you, sometimes they say they will cancel their subscription or something of that nature. This was a very specific threat of physical harm that not only put the journalist who received it in jeopardy, but the other people in that office as well, which is why we’re taking it very seriously.”
CBS BOSTON reported additional details:
“The specific threats were mentioned shooting a firearm through the window of The Walpole Times while people were there,” Walpole Police Chief John Carmichael said.
Zuckerman was arrested Saturday at her home in the Western Mass. town of Shutesbury. Police say she was upset with the newspaper because they refused to publish an article she wrote.
“We figure that we had to give some credibility to it especially in light of what just happened in Maryland we took it seriously, the people at Walpole Times took it seriously,” Chief Carmichael said.
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