NOTE: The following has been edited to censor racist/offensive language.
Washington state resident Eric Lin was not modest about his appreciation for Adolf Hitler. According to a criminal complaint filed Friday, Lin relished referencing the Third Reich in writing: He allegedly addressed a litany of Hitler-referencing death threats to a Hispanic woman in Miami and got himself arrested last week after he proposed to wire a man $10,000 to assault her, invented a plot to kidnap her and shove her in a plastic bin, and frequently vowed to annihilate every Hispanic person in the Magic City.
Lin, age 35, is originally from Clarksburg, Maryland, but was detained Friday in Seattle and credited with making threatening communications online. Lin appeared in Seattle federal court for this first time this morning. No plea has been entered at this time.
Between May and August of 2019, Lin allegedly fired off a litany of repugnant, pro-Trump, pro-Hitler, and violent Facebook messages focused toward Hispanics living in Miami. The FBI ended up receiving these messages.
Per the FBI agent’s affirmation, an affirmed victim — an immigrant from Spain identified only as “C.I.” — communicated with the Miami Police Department to alert law enforcement that Lin had been sending her threatening messages from two Facebook accounts since May 30. Miami PD alerted the FBI July 24. Then the feds interviewed C.I., who contributed 150 printed pages of senselessly racist, violent messages Lin had allegedly transmitted. She said Lin had at one point patronized the Miami restaurant where she worked.
Among the numerous terrifying messages Lin sent was an image of Hitler superimposed over a photo of Lin’s face, C.I. stated.
From there, the messages grew far more hateful and violent. Lin repeatedly declared he wanted to “kill” and “exterminate” Hispanics, whom he repeatedly referred to as “S**cs.” In one case, he called Hispanic people “rabid dogs.” In another, he said he would let C.I. “live so you can slowly watch me destroy your entire race.”
“In 3 short years your entire Race your entire culture will Perish only then after I kill your S**c family I will permit you to die by hanging on Metal Wire [sic],” Lin allegedly wrote June 7. The next day, he told C.I. he planned to “enslave, rape, and use you like a baby-making machine. Once I’m finished with you I might just get rid of you like a piece of trash.” The same day, he allegedly also said he would kill C.I. with a rifle while carrying a neo-Nazi dagger used by the SS.
The messages only continued. He allegedly said he wanted to “exterminate” the “worthless Latin race.” July 9, he sent more Nazi-referencing threats.
“By the authority of ADOLF HITLER AND GOD I HEREBY DECLARE SPANISH AND ALL SPANISH-SPEAKING PEOPLE ILLEGAL,” Lin allegedly wrote. “[T]hat’s ALL I NEED AUTHORITY FROM ADOLF HITLER TO ACT. I FOLLOW ONLY ADOLF HITLER AND THEN GOD. THEY ARE ONE AND THE SAME.” He again threatened to kill every Hispanic person in Miami and at one point told C.I. he would “drink your blood until you die.”
The messages then trod pro-Trump territory. July 19, Lin allegedly wrote:
I thank god every day Donald John Trump is President and that he will launch a Racial War and Crusade to keep the N****rs, S**cs, and Muslims and any dangerous non-White or Ethnically or Culturally foreign group “In Line.” By “in Line” it is meant that they will either be sent to “Concentration Camps” or dealt with Ruthlessly and Vigorously by the United States Military.
The FBI acquired a warrant to search Lin’s private accounts. The feds found even more terrifying details: Lin had apparently been scheming ideas to compensate someone to injure or capture C.I. while he’d also been messaging her.
“Hey Chris, I was wondering if you could do me a favor?” Lin allegedly wrote July 10. “I was wondering if you can go to Miami and beat up this S**c who insulted me. I can pay you $10,000.”
“Sure, pay me first Paypal or Zelle,” the alleged accomplice responded.
Days later, Lin seemingly changed his tune. Instead of simply beating up C.I., “Chris” should kidnap her, stuff her in a plastic bin, and transport her all the way to Seattle. Lin wrote:
The Plan is you and Mara convince her that you are Rich White Americans people she looks up to. And then get her into a rented house or mansion and chain her up and put her in a Rubber maid Plastic Bin. Then you got to drive her to Seattle, Washington, upon which I will pay you $25,000 cash. You don’t need to kill her her hurt her at most you will be charged with Kidnapping. Nothing will happen to you if you get the Right lawyers She’s a S**c who Hates White Americans… I doubt the FBI would care much about her. [sic]
The same day, he added, “I don’t care if I have to Pay you a Million Dollars or More I want this Done! [sic]”
Thankfully, Lin never got the chance.