‘Crying Nazi’ Christopher Cantwell Found Guilty Of Extortion In Rape Threat Case
NBC News reports that Christopher Cantwell, a white nationalist who gained notoriety after participating in the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in 2017, was found guilty “in a case related to a rape threat and extortion using the online messaging app Telegram.”
Cantwell, 39, was convicted of one count of transmitting extortionate communications and one count of threatening to injure property or reputation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire. The jury found him not guilty of a cyberstalking count.
- According to prosecutors, Cantwell sent threatening messages to an unidentified individual in an attempt to find the leader of a group called the “Bowl Patrol” he believed was harassing him online.
- Cantwell reportedly threatened to “dox” the individual and report them to child services in a series of messages from June 15, 2019, and June 17, 2019.
“So if you don’t want me to come and f--- your wife in front of your kids, then you should make yourself scarce,” one message said. “Give me Vic, it’s your only out.”
Prosecutors said they presented evidence during trial that Cantwell followed through on his threats to dox the individual and made a report to child protection authorities in Missouri.
- Cantwell came to national attention in 2017 after attending the Unite the Right rally:
Cantwell became well known after he was seen chanting “Jews will not replace us” in a Vice documentary following the 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a woman named Heather Heyer was killed. He later earned the moniker “Crying Nazi” after he posted an emotional video over a warrant issued for his arrest.
- NBC News reported that "Cantwell, who has been in custody since his arrest in January, is scheduled to be sentenced next year."