St. Paul man Michael Mangan has a history of domestic violence. In fact, police have investigated him at least five times, but this time they say he not only threatened to kill his ex-wife and a handful of others, but appeared to be taking steps to carry out his plan.
Neighbors describe Mangan as charming and smooth, but prosecutors say the property manager has a sinister side that emerged with people involved in what he called a "messy divorce."
Investigators said Mangan's brother-in-law called police after he met Mangan at a St. Paul library and Mangan told him he keeps tabs on several people he feels have wronged him.
-Ex wife's friend
-Two pastors from wife's church
-Ramsey County court referee who oversaw his divorce case
-Minnesota Department of Commerce investigator
-St. Paul police sergeant with the family violence unit
SKETCHES OF EX-WIFE'S APARTMENT
He also had sketches of his ex-wife's apartment building, work and a friend's house and told his brother-in-law he planned to go to those places and kill the people inside, and any officers who tried to stop him.
"Initially, we thought of it as just some anger toward whoever, toward whatever issue. It came to our attention because folks saw that he had some diagrams of some buildings that he kind of ratcheted up," St. Paul police spokesman Howie Padilla said.
Police arrested Mangan during a traffic stop near his girlfriend's house and found a loaded gun, hundreds of rounds of ammo and a boot knife.
When police searched the home last week, they found letters to 11 people, including some on his hit list, that his girlfriend was supposed to deliver after he had killed his ex-wife.
"if I could have put some lead in your skull, trust me, I would have."
"I still have a special surprise for you and yours."
"With love, see you in hell!"
Padilla said it's possible a crime could have been thwarted. However, there's no way to tell unless he had actually carried out the purported acts.
"There was a weapon, ammunition, letters written to people he was unhappy with. So for that maybe we sleep a little better tonight," Padilla said.
Mangan also told his brother-in-law he had a handgun nicknamed "Sally" in his backpack and that he was learning how to make Molotov cocktails.
He was being held in the Ramsey County jail, charged with seven counts of stalking and making terroristic threats. Bail was set at $500,000.