“If you losers thought the Pulse Nightclub shooting was bad, wait ’til you see what I’m planning for Labor Day. I’m gonna be LOLing you fags faster than cops kill n****rs. It’s time to clean up Wilton Manors from all you AIDS-infested losers.”
Those are the words that Craig Jungwirth—“an infamous anti-LGBT troll”—wrote on Facebook last summer. And he’s not just dangerous on social media, as six restraining orders have been filed against Jungwirth for domestic violence or stalking violence.
After being exposed for his scam “Beach Bear Weekend” by selling reservations to non-existent hotel rooms and events, Jungwirth became extremely volatile. Much of this harassment was aimed at the people who helped expose this scam, including journalists who wrote all about it. He also tried to follow-up on these threats and promises made online. He showed up to the offices of the Florida Agenda to assault one of their journalists. Luckily, that journalist was out that day.
Jungwirth was later arrested after his threats on Facebook made waves in the community, initially for driving with an expired license. He was then charged with a federal indictment on a terror charge which forbids sending “any communication containing any threat to kidnap any person or any threat to injure the person of another.”
However, those terror charges have now been dropped.
At a Nov. 15 hearing, prosecutor Marc Anton told a judge that he had determined the evidence against Jungwirth was “weak” and circumstantial. “Investigators were not able to link the alleged threat to Jungwirth, who they said has about 59 Facebook profiles,” reports the Orlando Sentinel.
Anton filed a one-paragraph document Tuesday, announcing that prosecutors are dismissing the indictment.
That’s disheartening to say the least. It’s scary that the threats made on social media are not taken more seriously by our courts or government.
Jungwirth will remain in prison for the time being on unrelated charges of criminal mischief. However, the community of Wilton Manors is still worried that he will be released soon.
A small enclave just north of Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors has a thriving LGBTQ population. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, it is second only to Provincetown, Massachusetts, in the proportion (15%) of gay couples relative to the total population.