In an update to a very strange story from back in June, two men face charges for attempting to build a “death ray” to kill “Israel’s enemies”. O….K….
Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, was arrested in June along with Eric J. Feight, 54, of Hudson after an FBI task force said the men conspired to sell a homemade radiation weapon to Jewish groups or a southern branch of the Ku Klux Klan.
Feight, whose alleged role was to design and build an electronic triggering device so the weapon could be activated from a distance, has not been indicted but remains charged under a federal complaint. He is negotiating a plea agreement with the Justice Department, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Crawford, who worked as a General Electric Co. industrial mechanic, and Feight, a computer software expert, are accused of designing and trying to operate a vehicle-mounted radiation device that was intended to be remotely controlled and capable of aiming a high-energy lethal beam of radioactivity at humans. The concept was that victims would mysteriously die from radiation poisoning within days.
Crawford and Feight are acquaintances who over the course of a year devised a plan to sell the weapon to a terrorist organization, according to the FBI. Crawford’s role was to design and build the radiation device and its power supply, according to a federal complaint.
This case is so weird, there is speculation they were just trying to extort money. There is considerable evidence that they didn’t know what the fig they were doing and were certainly not capable of building such a device they called “Hiroshima on a light switch”. But it doesn’t matter if you succeed or not, that you would attempt such a thing is a crime.
Here is a longer piece from when the men were arrested, also from the Times Union who has comprehensively covered this case.
The obligatory pic…