She is a 57-year-old woman from Tampa Bay, Florida. She used to be a waitress, but has been unemployed since 2004 and now lives off a Social Security disability pension.
Lucy Richards likes to read conspiracy websites about “government hoaxes”.
This week, Florida’s Sun Sentinal reported that Richards pleaded not guilty to four charges of sending threats.
What are these threats a 57-year-old woman who uses a walker and wears slippers to court is accused of sending?
They are death threats to Lenny Pozner the father of the youngest child killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre. Pozner’s six-year-old, Noah, was killed by 20-year-old gunman, Adam Lanza, who also shot dead 19 other six and seven year olds and six adult staff members on a December morning at the Connecticut elementary school.
It was the deadliest mass school shooting in US history.
But Lucy Richards believes it was all a hoax. It was all made up so that Second Amendment US gun rights would come under fire and as a result be weakened by President Obama (side note: US gun laws have not changed).
There are numerous websites devoted to this theory and Richards read some of them and became "angry".
According to the SunSentinal, Richards left three threatening voicemails and one threatening email for Pozner.
"You gonna die, death is coming to you real soon," was one voicemail message left, the SunSentinal reports, adding the email included the words: "Look behind you it is death."
The parents of the children massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School have been stalked regularly by conspiracy theorists and "gun truthers" and have been accused of being liars, professional actors and that their children never even existed.
Their harassment began within days of the shooting and continues today.