Man who allegedly threatened to shoot Globe reporters indicted on federal charges

Robert D. Chain, 68, of Encino, California, was arrested on Aug. 30.

Suspect Robert Chain is leaving the Los Angeles courthouse after being released on bail on August 30, 2018.
Robert Chain leaves a Los Angeles courthouse after being released on bail, Aug. 30, 2018. His wife, attorney Betsy Staszek Chain, is by his side. –Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty Images, File

A California man accused of calling and threatening to shoot journalists at The Boston Globe in the head has been indicted on several related charges.

Robert D. Chain, 68, of Encino, California, was indicted by a federal grand jury on “seven counts of use of interstate and foreign commerce to transmit a threat” to injure someone — one count for each of the calls he allegedly made — according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office of Massachusetts.

On Aug. 10, the Globe called on media outlets throughout the country to publish editorials in response to President Donald Trump’s attacks on the press. That same day, Chain allegedly began making threatening phone calls to the Globe’s newsroom, calling the publication “the enemy of the people,” the release said.


Six days later, when the Globe published its editorial, Chain called to say that at 4 o’clock that day, he was going to shoot Globe employees in the head, according to authorities. Police were called to the Globe offices then to help keep the employees there safe. and The Boston Globe are both owned by Boston Globe Media Partners and operate out of the same newsroom.

Chain was arrested via a criminal complaint on Aug. 30. He owned guns, one of which was a 9mm carbine rifle, according to the Associated Press.


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