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Republican Congressman Receives Death Threat From Retired Teacher

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A staff member in the district office of U. S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, retrieved voice mails Monday morning, which were left during the weekend.

There was a 36-second message on the phone from a woman, who was apparently not happy with the conservative congressman:

“So, the way I see it, since you supported a child rapist who has 65 years of crimes and you are doing shit about Covid, and I’ve had people die, I think it’s totally ok for me to come with my gun and shoot you in the head.

That’s what we think of you Mr. Gosar. You’re a murderer supporter and you are just going down. Murderer, murderer, murderer supporter, you are going down.

And we’ll make sure we’ll send lots of protestors your way too.

You’re a real big fucking piece of shit.”

The woman, who was later identified as a retired schoolteacher who resides in Glendale, is under investigation by the U. S. Capitol Police, said Tom Van Flein, Gosar’s chief of staff.

Van Flein said he had no idea what the woman was referring to regarding a child rapist.

The caller, identified as Margaret Kathleen Spangenberg through caller ID, identifies herself on her Facebook page as a retired gifted teacher and licensed insurance agent, whose interests included elections and travel.

She posted a video of herself in January 2019, as she instructs a class of first-graders. The voice on the video is similar to that of the recording of her death threat.

Her voice on the death threat recording sounds younger than her age, possibly because she has spent much of her time speaking to young children. The tone of the death threat does not sound menacing, but rather that of a primary school teacher explaining nicely that she plans to kill someone.

An effort to contact Spangenberg at her apartment was made by Arizona Daily Independent Saturday afternoon. Although there were apparently people inside her home, there was no response to the doorbell.

Van Flein said that he has not heard whether Spangenberg will be charged for allegedly making this death threat.

The Capitol Police issued a warning poster to Gosar’s office during the week, with a photo of Spangenberg, instructing staff members to contact the law enforcement agency if the woman should show up there.

“It looks like a wanted poster,” Van Flein said in a phone interview.

According to federal law, threatening officials including congressional representatives is a Class C or D felony, carrying maximum penalties of five or ten years.

Van Flein said this was the fifth death threat Gosar has received during the past ten years he has served in Congress.

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