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Prosecutor portrays pipe bomb suspect as calculating criminal who ratcheted up his threats
CHICAGO (AP) ' A former Iowa letter carrier accused of sending threatening letters and dud pipe bombs to investment advisers has refused to offer a rebuttal at the opening of his federal trial.
Prosecutors on Tuesday laid out their case against John Tomkins, saying he methodically gathered information about people he threatened and shared the information to intimidate them.
Prosecutors allege Tomkins sent letters from 2005 until 2007 that threatened to kill those who received them, their families and neighbors unless they took action to raise the stock prices of 3COM Corp. and Navarre Corp., in which Tomkins had invested. They allege he mailed the pipe bombs from a suburban Chicago post office in 2007. Tomkins, who prosecutors say identified himself in some of the letters as "The Bishop," is representing himself.