Ohio Bartender Had Plot to Poison John Boehner, "the Devil"

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A bartender who worked at John Boehner's country club in West Chester, Ohio, was indicted last week on charges of threatening to kill the congressman last fall.

Michael R. Hoyt, 44, hatched a plot which included poisoning Boehner's drink at the Wetherington Country Club and then shooting him before making an escape.

When police visited Hoyt at his home in October after a disturbing call, the bartender introduced himself as Jesus Christ and said he harbored ill will toward Boehner for being the devil — obvs — and starting the Ebola outbreak, not to mention a host of other deeply personal wrongs. 

Hoyt had been fired from the country club the previous week, and had begun hearing voices, he said, voices which insisted that Boehner was the devil. Hoyt first contacted authorities, in fact, (after writing an 11-page screed arguing the Boehner = Satan thesis) to alert the world of Boehner's true being, and because evil people were going to come "chop him up."

During pshyciatric evaluation, Hoyt admitted he believed Boehner and other powerful people had had him fired, according to Cincinnati's ABC affiliate, WCPO, who first reported the indictment Tuesday.  

Hoyt faces the possibiity of 30 years in prison, but is currently being evaluated at Federal Medical Center, Devens, a prison in Massachusetts for male inmates requiring specialized or long-term medical or mental health care. 

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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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