St. Paul man's letter to cop: "If I could have put some lead in your skull, trust me, I would have"

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Michael Mangan
:::: UPDATE :::: St. Paul man who allegedly planned to kill ex and others lived secret life, was scam artist

St. Paul resident Michael Mangan, 42, had an elaborate plan to kill his ex-wife and others who he believed did him wrong during his divorce, Ramsey County prosecutors say.

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Investigators began their latest investigation into Mangan last month (Fox 9 reports he's been investigated for domestic crimes at least five times previously) after he told his sister and brother-in-law he was keeping track of a list of people who were on his shit list. The sister and brother-in-law, concerned about what Mangan might do, reported their fears to police.

But Mangan wasn't arrested until early this month. A Star Tribune report explains:
St. Paul police called Mangan on Oct. 3 to talk about an incident in which three of his ex-wife's car tires were flattened. "I have much bigger plans in place!" he "angrily yelled," according to the complaint. "God help any police officer who knocks on my door!"

Mangan was arrested on Oct. 4 during a traffic stop. Police found a loaded gun, "hundreds of rounds of ammunition," a boot knife and a gun-cleaning kit. A search of his home in the 1000 block of Avon Street yielded sealed letters addressed to 11 addresses or groups of addresses, which Mangan's girlfriend told police he had instructed her to send once he was "gone," the charges said.
KARE 11 details what the "bigger plans" Mangan referred to were:
Padilla says Mangan showed his brother-in-law sketches of his ex-wife's apartment and workplace. The complaint states he planned to arrive in a car, enter the residence, kill and then escape in a different vehicle, and if officers tried to stop him, he would kill them too. The brother-in-law was so disturbed he went to police.
And about those letters he had already written, addressed, and sealed? KARE reports that one addressed to a police sergeant said, "If I could have put some lead in your skull, trust me I would have...see you in hell."

According to Fox, others who were to receive letters included Mangan's ex-wife, one of her friends, two pastors from his ex's church, a court referee who oversaw the divorce case, and a Minnesota Department of Commerce investigator.

Police say they aren't sure how close Mangan was to carrying out his plan, but in comments made to KARE, St. Paul PD spokesman Howie Padilla said the arrest "prevented the possibility that something could happen."

"There was a weapon, ammunition, letters written to people he was unhappy with. So for that maybe we sleep a little better tonight," Padilla continued, this time speaking to Fox.

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19 comments
pisaller
pisaller

Wonder if all the harassment from that web site had anything to do with his actions? I'd be scared to push someone over the edge like that. Lots of cruelty and public prosecution.

Trash
Trash

WHITE PEOPLE ARE SCARY!

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Wow, the stories at http://liarscheatersrus.com/michael-mike-j-mangan.html, and there are a ton of them, fill in this sordid tale, and it makes a lot more sense.

Who knows if even a tenth of these accounts are true.  Suppose they aren't.  Online witch burnings make me uncomfortable.  

But still, I've searched the net for my own name at various times, just to see.  Some people and I have had bad encounters.  Not one word about me out there.  Nor, I should say to be fair, about the people I have a low opinion of.

But this Mangan guy?  Holy smokes.

All I can say without personal knowledge of this guy is, when I've seen sociopaths finally run out of rope, it looks a lot like this.

mariecurie
mariecurie

Props for using three variations of the word "investigate" in one sentence.

Julie DesMarais Trygstad
Julie DesMarais Trygstad

He was very nice, but a typical conman looking back - totally over the top. I knew that he wasn't all he seemed be and left after just a few weeks because I didn't trust him, but this is not what I had in mind. Wow.

TC4L
TC4L

Dude treated unfairly in divorce court.  That's a surprise.  This guy needed a bar hangout.  Bars:Preventing people from going on massacres since 1864.

Reid Diebel
Reid Diebel

It's crazy and sad that some people get to a point like that in life and lose it.

Chris Peden
Chris Peden

He should do drugs. Then he would have a reason to be that stupid.

Emily Christie
Emily Christie

His GIRLFRIEND didn't call the police when he gave her instructions to mail 11 letters when he was gone???? Wow.

Onan
Onan

Dear Mr. Comb-Over, 

Just move on.


Sincerely,
Onan

Shawn Clark
Shawn Clark

This dude has a screw lose .may be more then one.

AaronB52
AaronB52

@pisalleryeah...if only people weren't so "cruel" as to tell the truth about him and send out the warning, then I'm sure everything would have been juuust peachy keen.  I mean, can't a guy abuse his wife and kids, run cons, steal and cheat with a little privacy around here?  Whats the world coming to, am I right?

Pisaller, you need to pull your head out of your ass and stop trying to justify the behavior of a sociopath.  Classic victim blaming.

BigCat
BigCat

@TC4L Hmmmm...Not sure that a trip down to the ole local watering hole would have been enough to keep this guy on the rails. Seems like he had been laying the foundations for this near-spree for quiet some time.

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