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Megadeth Song Used in Internet Radio Terror Threat

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A Wisconsin man has been jailed following a frightening and unusual music request on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Internet radio hosts Trevor Fenton and Pat Ryan, of The MeltDown Show on HardRockRadioLive, may have saved some lives this week.

While taking online song requests on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 30, the menacing tone of one listener’s comments raised red flags for the duo, who acted quickly to stop a potential shooting spree.

David J. Lefever allegedly logged into the station’s chatroom under the name, “Watch_The_National_new_tomorrow_I_am_going_to_go_a_shooting_spree_in_Appleton_WI.” The user then requested the song “Killing is My Business… and Business is Good” by American heavy metal band Megadeth, noting that it would be, “good music to go postal & kill a bunce [sic] of people to.”

The Vancouver Sun reports that the Windsor, Ontario based hosts quickly contacted Wisconsin authorities. Local police and the FBI opened an investigation, which resulted in an arrest by tracking the IP address to a public library computer. Court records indicate that Lefever has previously been convicted of unlawful use of computerized technology and unlawful use of a telephone in 2000 and 2005 respectively.

“We had to take that threat seriously, we couldn’t ignore him. That was something we just couldn’t ignore and not report,” said Ryan. “It could have been a prank. But if he was serious and something happened, I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself.”

The 44-year-old suspect is currently being held in jail for potential charges of unlawful use of computerized communication and disorderly conduct.

“Neither of us could sleep last night. I just kept thinking, ‘What if it happens?’ Let me tell you, it was a huge relief that he was arrested this quickly,” Ryan continued. “People, especially online, need to take these kind of threats seriously when they see them and contact authorities.”