Federal charges filed after threats made against election official’s child – include grisly photos of mutilated body

WAYNE COUNTY, MI – Federal prosecutors have filed charges against Michigan resident Katelyn Jones, who allegedly sent graphic threats via text and social media against Monica Palmer, chairperson of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers.

The threats came after a contentious public meeting that followed Palmer’s initial November 17 decision not to certify Wayne County’s approximately 878,000 votes from the November 3 election.

Palmer and fellow Republican canvasser William Hartmann voted no to certification because, according to The Detroit News, “approximately 70% of Detroit’s absentee vote counting boards were out of balance without explanation, potentially disqualifying them from a recount.”

Following their “no” vote were hours of public comment, during which Palmer and Hartmann found themselves the subject of “bullying” from citizens in the heavily Democratic county.

Some residents accused the pair of racism for attempting to decline the city of Detroit, which has an African American population of nearly 80%.  The residents also referenced Palmer’s children.

State Rep.-elect Abraham Aiyash (D-Detroit), for example, brought up racism and speculated about Palmer’s children when he said:

“What that tells us is you Ms. Monica Palmer of Grosse Pointe Woods, which has a history of racism, are deciding to enable and continuing to perpetuate the racist history of this country. “

He went on to say:

“And I want you to think about what that means for your kids, who probably go to Grosse Pointe North, and when they see all their Black classmates and they know that their mother, or their grandmother, their aunt, decided to say, in this democracy in this American project, that is not perfect but we have to work toward perfecting it, I’m going to be comfortable sleeping at night knowing that I silenced the votes of so many people.”

Palmer and Hartmann ultimately relented and changed their vote, with the understanding that there would be an independent audit to assess why the poll books were out of balance.

When they later learned that such action would likely not be taken, however, the pair signed affidavits saying they regretted their yes votes.

Palmer explained to The Detroit News:

“My intent with my no vote was to make sure that we got the answers so the voters of Detroit would get recountable precincts.”

She added:

“It has nothing to do with black or white.

“If the Board of Canvassers doesn’t have the discretion to say yes or no, why do we even have a Board of Canvassers?”

After the events of her initial no vote to certify the election, followed by her yes vote, and the attempt to rescind the yes vote, Palmer received a number of personal threats and attacks.

She told The Detroit News:

“Not only has my home and my family been threatened, my employer has been threatened.” 

She went on to say:

”There are businesses that I shared a Tweet months ago for a giveaway for a wedding dress. That bridal shop is being harassed and threatened at this point. 

“Where does it end?”

Commenters at the public meeting, as well as posts on social media, shared “Palmer’s home and work addresses, phone number and school her daughter attends.”

Undoubtedly the most disturbing threats came from 23-year-old Katelyn Jones, a resident of Epping, MI.

On November 18, Jones allegedly sent Palmer threatening texts from a Michigan area code.  

They read:

“Damn it was not hard finding all of your information disgusting racist b——.”

The texts added:

“I don’t tolerate people like you, in fact I consider you to be a terrorist and do you know what happens to terrorist.”

According to FBI Special Agent Emily Munchiando, those texts were “immediately followed by two graphic photographs of a bloody, deceased, nude, mutilated woman, lying on the ground.”

After those photos was sent a photo of Palmer’s daughter.

According to Munchiando’s affidavit, the accompanying texts then read: 

“I’d just like you to imagine that’s [Palmer’s daughter’s name] your beautiful daughter.”

Munchiando also notes:

“The ‘that’s’ reference was to the images of the bloody, deceased, mutilated woman.”

An additional text read:

“F***ing with our elections is TERRORISM, and us Americans clearly don’t tolerate terrorist so yes you should be afraid, your daughter should be afraid and so should [name of Palmer’s husband].”

This text was followed by:”

“Tsk, Tsk, Tsk.”

The final text concluded:

“You have made a grave mistake [Monica] I hope you realize that now.”

Jones allegedly made additional threats on Instagram.

According to Munchiand’s affidavit, Instagram user “_etfere,” commented under many of Palmer’s Instagram posts.

One comment listed Palmer’s home address and phone number, and another listed Palmer’s husband’s phone number, followed by the message:

“Feel free to leave these disgusting racist [sic] a nice little message on their voicemail or for more fun stop by their house.”

Other comments referred again to Palmer as racist, as well as a terrorist, and one called for her to be “in more pain.”

Referring to Palmer’s daughter, another comment stated:

“I’d (sic) be a shame if something happened to her.”

Yet another said:

“Hmmm I’d (sic) be a shame if something happened to her at school.”

According to Munchiand, the similarities between the texts and Instagram posts led her to believe that the threats were made by the same person, and she traced both the cell phone account and the Instagram account to Katelyn Jones.

On December 22, the FBI executed a search warrant at Jones’ mother’s house in New Hampshire, where Jones admitted to making the Instagram and cell phone threats, stating she was “angry that [Palmer] was interfering with the election.”

As she sent threats from New Hampshire to Michigan, Jones has been charged with transmitting a threat of violence through interstate commerce, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Even after Jones’ arrest, Palmer’s ordeal is not over.

Palmer has described herself as “still fearful.”

She added:

“I can’t go to the grocery store. I can’t go Christmas shopping. I can’t do anything without fear that somebody’s going to snatch my daughter.”

According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, Palmer is looking into whether police are continuing to investigate other threats that she has received.

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Governor Whitmer has police, 200 troops block Republican electors from Michigan state capitol

LANSING, MI- What is the definition of a tyrant? 



  1. a cruel and oppressive ruler

That definition fits a number of governors very well, but in the case of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, it’s perfect.

According to American Greatness, on Monday, Republicans in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Nevada all entered competing slates of electors which selected President Donald Trump, as Electoral College members in those same states cast ballots for Biden.

However Republican electors in the state of Michigan, who also showed up to cast conditional ballots for President Trump and Vice President Pence, were forbidden entry after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered state police officers to block them from entering the state capitol.


Not only did she send the state police, but she also sent 200+ troops ostensibly from the Michigan National Guard to block Republican electors from entering the building to perform their constitutional duty.

“Our Capitol is totally closed and locked down, away from the rest of the people,” one Michigan representative said outside the Capitol building in Lansing.

People took to Twitter to condemn the actions by Whitmer and the attorney general.

“MI Attorney General is threatening legislators w criminal investigation and possible prosecution if they disagree with her, and the MI Governor and other officials are shutting down the peoples’ house and preventing them from gathering today to perform their constitutional duty,” said Phillip Kline.

Yet another tweet showed a police officer blocking entry to the capitol building.

“I am telling you that they’re not going to be allowed into the Capitol” A lawyer tries to lead the Michigan GOP electors into the Capitol Building to deliver Electoral College voters for Donald Trump #Michigan #ElectoralCollegeVote #ElectoralCollege” said Brendan Gutenschwager.

Kline said in another tweet:

“Today, Trump electors from the state of Michigan, were denied entry to the Michigan State Capitol after Governor Whitmer and other officials sent 200+ troops to guard the building.”


“’Our Capitol is totally closed and locked down, away from the rest of the people.’ One of the Michigan Representatives speaks about today’s Capitol closure surrounding the Electoral College vote #Michigan #Electors #ElectoralCollege #ElectoralCollegeVote”

According to Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, he said the Senate closed its facilities on Monday “based on recommendations from law enforcement.”

On Sunday, spokeswoman Amber McCann said, “The decision was not made because of anticipated protests, but based on credible threats of violence.”

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A spokesman for House Speaker Lee Chatfield refused to address what the potential threat was.

“I can’t get into the nature of the concern,” said the spokesman Gideon D’Assandro. Have to refer you to the Michigan State Police (MSP) on that.”

However, a spokeswoman for the state police, Shanon Banner reportedly said that the police did not make the decision to close the building and referred questions back to the legislature.

Kline was having none of it.

“Like tyrannical kings of old dissolving lawful parliaments, governors in these contested states have declared themselves to be the law and are actively preventing the state legislatures from exercising their constitutional authority over the final certification process,” he said.

Kline is the former attorney general of Kansas and is now the Director of the Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society.

Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) has argued that it will eventually be up to Congress to decide who will eventually be the next president.

That will happen on January 6, when Congress will convene to count electoral votes and officially declare the winner. Under Congressional rules and the United States Constitution, members of Congress are allowed to object to returns. This has been done previously, having occurred in 1969, 2001, 2005 and 2017.

Brooks has met with Republican Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) as well as separately with the House Freedom Caucus to discuss a potential challenge to the election results.

“To lodge a challenge, Brooks said he will need a senator to join him. The New York Times said Senators Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Rand Paul of Kentucky have signaled they would be open to doing so.

“Once an objection is heard from a member of each house of Congress, senators and representatives hold a two-hour debate before voting on whether to disqualify a state’s votes. Both houses of Congress would have to agree to reject a state’s results.”

Brooks noted that, “We have a superior role under the Constitution than the Supreme Court does, than any federal court judge does, than any state court judge does. What we say, goes. That’s the final verdict.”

Town Hall reported that at Arizona’s certification vote, the state’s 11 Republican electors cast their votes for President Trump and Vice President Pence.

‘Today, Arizona’s 11 Republican presidential electors met to cast their votes for President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. With ongoing legal challenges to the 2020 presidential election still being heard in the courts, and state legislatures across the country holding hearings on election fraud and voting irregularities, it is imperative that the proper electors are counted by Congress,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward.

The Pennsylvania Republican Party issued a statement which read:

“At the request of the Trump campaign, the Republican presidential electors met today in Harrisburg to cast a conditional vote for Donald Trump and Mike Pence for President and Vice President respectively. Today’s move by Republican party electors is fashioned after the 1960 Presidential election, in which President Nixon was declared the winner in Hawaii.

“While Democrat legal challenges were pending, Democratic presidential electors met to cast a conditional vote for John F. Kennedy to preserve their intent in the event of future favorable legal outcomes,” the Pennsylvania Republican Party said in the statement.

“The conditional resolution states that electors certify their vote for the President and Vice President on the understanding that if, as a result of a final non-appealable Court Order or other proceeding prescribed by law, [they] are ultimately recognized as being the duly elected and qualified Electors for President and Vice President of the United States of America from the State of Pennsylvania.”

New Mexico:

Georgia’s GOP also cast electoral votes for Trump and Pence:

And finally, Wisconsin GOP also met and cast their electoral votes for Trump and Pence in order to preserve their role in the electoral process with the outcome still pending in court.

As the saying goes, it isn’t over until the fat lady sings. Well, she may be warming up but there are still some procedural tricks yet to be played…no matter what Biden’s teleprompter tells him. 

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