A man from Warwick, MD was arrested yesterday based on a Facebook death threat he made against Delaware Governor Jack Markell and a female from Middletown, DE. Roger Matthews was charged with Threatening the Life of a Public Official according to the Delaware State Police Newsroom.
The specific threat has not been released. I was able to view Roger Matthews Facebook account as it appears to be public. If you go to that link, I would not classify it as safe for work. The Delaware State Police mentioned the death threat was from November 6th but I was not able to see this on Waters’ Facebook account. There was, however, a reference to Markell on an October 31st post. In the very twisted post, Matthews claimed to “have dirt” against Markell involving the Amazon warehouse in Middletown and that Markell sent the Delaware State Police to assassinate his son. He also alleged that the Amazon building was “built to fall down“. There is a very specific death threat against Markell in the post but since there is so much foul language and hatred in the post I will not post it here. But judging by the many other posts on his account, this is a very disturbed man with many issues. The Middletown woman, who is somehow related to a relative of Matthews did not have her name released.
Waters shared the below photo on Monday which had over 800 comments on it regarding the right to bear arms. He also seems to have a very deep hatred of Muslims based on his posts.
I sincerely hope this man gets the help he very desperately needs. While I am certainly not one of Markell’s biggest fan, threatening anyone on social media can get you arrested. But a death threat against a public official is serious business. Whatever grievance someone may have against another human being, wishing death upon them is not the answer. I can’t imagine it would be easy for Markell or his family seeing this information. I would not wish that on anyone.
Some things in this world are just disturbing on many levels, and this is one of them…