Ex-UCSB engineer arrested for school death threats
February 24, 2010
A man who claims to be the anti-Christ was arrested last week on suspicion of making a bomb threat against the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). [TriCityHerald]
Neil Paul Baker, 51, a former UCSB Senior Development Engineer was either fired or resigned in 2004. Since then, his threats against the university have become more frequent and bizarre.
Throughout February, Baker posted dozens of “Rants and Raves” on Craigslist. These include a Feb. 5 mock news article titled “Mass suicide at UCSB shocks nation” in which he describes the suicide of 13,000 UCSB faculty members and students that he said was prompted by his rants.
On Feb. 8, he wrote that he would be at UCSB in a couple of weeks. A subsequent post depicts Baker wearing a black mask and holding a rifle. Other postings warn readers to “Stay away from the psycho at play” or “Neil!!!! You’re the anti-Christ!”
Following Baker’s Feb. 15 arrest, police searched his Kennewick, Wash., home and discovered writings in which he claimed to be the anti-Christ and books on how to produce explosives. In addition, he had the book Going Postal, about workplace shootings and The Art of Getting Even, a book about getting your own justice.
UCSB police put out an alert about Baker on Feb. 11, advising people to call police if they saw him on campus “because of recent non-specific threats that may pertain to current UCSB employees.”