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Former SIU student charged with making bomb, numerous other threats to students and faculty

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A Chicago man is charged with making threats and unsealed federal court documents reveal the chilling contents of seven letters sent between September 2012 and September 2013 to Southern Illinois University.

An affidavit submitted by Special Agent Joseph Shevlin with the Federal Bureau of Investigation summarizes all seven letters that allegedly make bomb threats to SIU and other universities, and promise to rape, murder and even decapitate SIU students, staff and faculty.

A 21-year-old Chicago man has been charged with numerous federal charges relating to the case. Derrick Dawon Burns appeared in a federal courtroom in Chicago Monday facing four counts of willfully making a bomb threat, and four counts of four counts of mailing a threatening communication.

The unsealed FBI affidavit links Burns to the case; claiming the former SIU student penned all seven letters. The special agent claims fingerprints found on four of the seven letters match those submitted by Burns following a federal court subpoena.

The affidavit claims the letters were titled with some variation of "War on SIUC" and include a variety of threats. Most of the threats appear to have been aimed at SIU, but the special agent claims bomb threats were made listing other college campuses as targets as well.

The affidavit states that two of the letters are signed "Terrorist of America" and "Terrorist for Alqaeda".

Special Agent Shevlin concludes that based on the similarities in style, construction and method of delivery he believes all seven letters were penned by the same author.

Derrick Burns is being held without bond pending a detention hearing Wednesday.

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