Proud Boys' ex-attorney used his comrades to spy on man he wanted to kill, police say - 2020-04-19
Jason Lee Van Dyke, a 39-year-old Texas man, allegedly used members of the Arizona chapter of Proud Boys to conduct surveillance on a Phoenix man, Thomas Retzlaff, with whom Van Dyke had been engaged in a running legal dispute. The plan was revealed in court documents, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported this week, which featured an audio recording in which Van Dyke not only told an FBI informant of the surveillance, but said he intended to kill Retzlaff.
He and Retzlaff had previously worked together on a revenge-porn operation. Retzlaff's attorneys say the FBI never informed their client of the threats against him.
Van Dyke denies the allegations. However, he has a lengthy record of making death threats. In a Dec. 12, 2018, email to Retzlaff, he wrote: "Go fuck yourself and what's left of your miserable life .... You have destroyed my life, and for that offense, you will pay with your own. That's not a threat. That's a PROMISE motherfucker."