Vincent McCrudden

A year or so a go, commodities trader Vincent McCrudden was arrested for some things he put on a company website and some emails he sent out. The former involved an “execution” list containing the names of 47 financial regulators, which he asked readers to aid him in crossing off (“I need your help,” he wrote. “There are just too many for me alone”). The latter included an email to a CFTC staffer that noted: “You fucking corrupt piece of shit! I have let so many of you fucking corrupt mother fuckers off the hook for doing this to my life. You my friend are not getting away with this. I am going to do this my way now and you, you corrupt mother fucking piece of shit are the first on my list! laugh mother fucker…I am going to make you a test case!” To that end, the chief operating officer of the NFA was told, “It wasn’t ever a question of ‘if’ I was going to kill you, it was just of when.” Were these emails particularly colorful? Yes. Should anyone who received them (or had their name placed on The List) been actually worried about losing his/her life? McCrudden could see how maybe things might have been interpretted that way, but no. As he told a judge, “I wrote provocative language on my website that could have been perceived as threatening. I would never intentionally hurt or cause bodily harm to another human being.” And yet, this is still happening: Read more »

“I had no intent to injury or bodily harm anybody,” Vincent McCrudden told a judge today after pleading guilty to emailing a bunch of regulators describing them as “fucking corrupt piece[s] of shit!” letting them know that they were “not getting away with this,” encouraging them to “laugh mother fucker laugh,” and making it clear that “it wasn’t ever a question of ‘if’ I was going to kill you, it was just of when.” McCrudden, who also had an “execution” list on his website and encouraged people to help him cross the 47 names off the list, added that he “apologized” and was sorry for “any apprehension [the threats] may have caused” his targets and their families. Having said that, McC noted that he’d been “upset” about a suit against him by the CFTC and never actually “intended to injury or bodily harm anybody. [BW, earlier]

Remember Vincent McCrudden? He’s the guy who arrested in January after years spent threatening to murder, among others, Mary Schapiro, Richard Ketchum, Gary Gensler and various other SEC and CFTC officials. In one email to a CFTC staffer he wrote, “You fucking corrupt piece of shit! I have let so many of you fucking corrupt mother fuckers off the hook for doing this to my life. You my friend are not getting away with this. I am going to do this my way no and you, you corrupt mother fucking piece of shit are the first on my list! laugh mother fucker…I am going to make you a test case!” In another, vivid imagery involving a midget was used. In yet another, the chief operating officer of the NFA was told “It wasn’t ever a question of ‘if’ I was going to kill you, it was just of when.” For a while, McCrudden also had an “execution” list on his website and encouraged people to help him cross the 47 names off the list, telling them, “Go buy a gun, and let’s get to work in taking back our country from these criminals. I will be the first one to lead by example.”

Vincent is set to be tried next week and his attorney has come up with a two part defense: 1) everyone wants to see US financial regulators dead. 2) McCrudden wasn’t threatening so much as he was dialoguing about the flaws in the regulatory system. Read more »

Remember Vincent McCrudden? He’s the guy who arrested in January after years spent threatening to murder, among others, Mary Schapiro, Richard Ketchum, Gary Gensler and various other SEC and CFTC officials (and previously had a section of his website asking people to help him “execute” the plan). In one email to a CFTC staffer he wrote, “You fucking corrupt piece of shit! I have let so many of you fucking corrupt mother fuckers off the hook for doing this to my life. You my friend are not getting away with this. I am going to do this my way no and you, you corrupt mother fucking piece of shit are the first on my list! laugh mother fucker…I am going to make you a test case!” In another, vivid imagery involving a midget was used. In yet another, the chief operating officer of the NFA was told “It wasn’t ever a question of ‘if’ I was going to kill you, it was just of when.” Yesterday McCrudden’s lawyers denied that he was the one who sent the message but say they have a pretty good idea who did. Read more »

First off, let it be made clear that this statement should it no way be taken as an advocating of violence or making light of mental illness but: can we just give it up for the absolutely bat shit fucking crazy Vincent McCrudden? Read more »

Remember Vincent McCrudden? He’s the guy who arrested last month after years spent threatening to murder, among others, Mary Schapiro, Richard Ketchum, Gary Gensler and various other SEC and CFTC officials (and previously had a section of his website asking people to help him “execute” the plan). In one email to a CFTC staffer he wrote, “You fucking corrupt piece of shit! I have let so many of you fucking corrupt mother fuckers off the hook for doing this to my life. You my friend are not getting away with this. I am going to do this my way no and you, you corrupt mother fucking piece of shit are the first on my list! laugh mother fucker…I am going to make you a test case!” In another, vivid imagery involving a midget was used. Anyway, Vince isn’t liking it in jail so much and yesterday his lawyer, Bruce Barket, filed a motion to get him out, using two ironclad arguments for why his client doesn’t pose a threat. Read more »

According to McCrudden’s broker registration form, the guy who would go on to accuse CFTC officials of being “corrupt midget mother fuckers” and threaten to murder them also had some issues with colleagues prior to starting his own firm. Read more »

According to the complaint, McCrudden noted on his website, which has since been scrubbed, “There are no good ways to execute this plan. These people have got to go! And I need your help, there are just too many for me alone [.]” (He also provided a list of the people he intended to cross off, including Mary Schapiro, Richard Ketchum and Gary Gensler, among many others.