CORTLAND — A Northeast Ohio high school senior who sent an e-mail to the Church of Satan threatening to kill his grandparents was taken out of school this week and remains in police custody, police said.
Andrew Culver, 18, told police the e-mail, detailing his intention to kill his grandparents and steal their money and car, was a joke, said Bazetta Township Police Chief Charles Sayers.
According to police, Culver wrote he had access to an arsenal of weapons and wanted to “kill in the name of our unholy lord Satan.”
Culver sent the message on Wednesday to Peter Gilmore, the high priest of the New York City-based Church of Satan, Sayers said.
Gilmore then alerted the FBI, which notified local police. Culver was taken out of class on Thursday and questioned by police, Sayers said.
“To send an e-mail making specific threats, to sign your name, that to me is not a joke,” Sayers said.
Gilmore said his church discards most of the hundreds of e-mails it receives a day. But Culver’s message stood out, he said.
“I thought it could be a joke, but with recent events in Colorado and Nebraska, I thought it was better to play it safe,” he said.
Culver, who lives with his grandparents north of Youngstown in Bazetta Township, had an argument with his family this week and left home for a couple days before returning Wednesday, Sayers said.
Messages seeking comment were left at the Culver’s home and with the Trumbull County Juvenile Detention Center, where Culver is being held.
Charges will be discussed at a scheduled hearing on Monday, Sayers said.