ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Michael Mangan is no stranger to police. He has a history of crimes targeting his ex-wife. But police say this time he went too far.
He is accused of plotting a massive plan to kill.
According to a criminal complaint, Mangan told his brother-in-law he had been keeping tabs on people he felt "wronged him."
His hit list included his ex-wife and her friend, two pastors, court officials and investigators.
"We prevented the possibility that something could happen," said St. Paul Police spokesperson Howie Padilla. "What we do know is that he had these things and the ability
Padilla says Mangan showed his brother-in-law sketches of his ex-wife's apartment and workplace. The complaint states he planned to arrive in a car, enter the residence, kill and then escape in a different vehicle, and if officers tried to stop him, he would kill them too. The brother-in-law was so disturbed he went to police.
When officers searched Mangan's car they found a loaded gun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. In his home police found letters addressed to people on his hit list, intended to be delivered once he murdered his ex-wife.
In one letter to a Police Sergeant, Mangan wrote "If I could have put some lead in your skull, trust me I would have...see you in hell."
Police don't know how close he was to executing his plan but they are holding Mangan in jail, charged with stalking and making terroristic threats.
He has a court appearance later in October.
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