“Crying Nazi” From Charlottesville On Trial For Extortion And Cyberstalking
Christopher Cantwell’s federal criminal trial on charges of extortion and cyberstalking is slated to begin on September 22, The Keene Sentinel reported last week.
Cantwell earned the moniker “the crying Nazi” after posting an emotional video when a warrant was issued for his arrest following the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017.
Federal prosecutors have accused Christopher Cantwell, 39, of threatening someone associated with an online white-supremacist network, in an attempt to force him to reveal identifying information about another member of that group.
Cantwell faces charges of extortionate interstate communications, threatening interstate communications, threat to injure property or reputation and cyberstalking.
The Sentinel reported that Cantwell has pleaded not guilty to the charges and “has been detained since his early-morning arrest in January at his home on South Lincoln Street in Keene.”
The indictment charging Cantwell alleges he used a messaging app to threaten and harass someone who goes by the online name “Cheddar Mane” over several days in June 2019.
It also alleges Cantwell posted online Cheddar Mane’s town and street, along with photos of him and his family, and reported Cheddar Mane to a child abuse and neglect hotline.
Cantwell’s goal, prosecutors say, was to extract personal identifying information about a third person, who uses the online handle “Vic Mackey.”