Deranged Bartender Threatened to Poison John Boehner’s Drinks

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Michael Robert Hoyt, 44, of Ohio served House Speaker John Boehner drinks for five years at the Wetherington Country Club in West Chester. Now, it’s being reported that Hoyt intended to poison Boehner after losing his job and blaming it on the Speaker.

Hoyt called police on Oct. 29, a week after being fired from the club, and blamed Boehner for his woes, police said.

Known to employees as “Bartender Mike,” Ebola, evil voices and the devil” were cited as additional reasons for his threats. He was indicted in January after threatening to poison Boehner’s drinks.

When police visited Hoyt at his home Hoyt claimed to be Jesus Christ and said he was going to kill Boehner. Hoyt also claimed to be in possession of a loaded Beretta .380 automatic with which he said he was going to shoot Boehner.

Officers said Hoyt told them he regretted not having enough time to put something in Boehner’s drink. It was also discovered Hoyt emailed Boehner’s wife about the plot a day before he called police, Desrosiers said.

The following is an email conversation between Debbie Boehner and Hoyt on Oct. 28, according to investigators:

Hoyt: “Mr. Boehner, I sincerely do not want to embarrass anyone. I am willing to drop all of this if you and Dr. Bob Buring deliver my termination report to me personally, or transport me to a secure location where the three of us can have an honest conversation. If I had any intention of hurting Mr. Boehner, I could have poisoned his wine at Wetherington many, many times. I do not believe I have lied about anything nor exaggerated. This is extremely urgent. Tuesday. Earlier the better. Talk to Dr. Bob Buring. PLEASE!!! We can work together and succeed or … miserably. My phone died. I am at home. I have a dog and cat so please do not bust in. I will leave my lights on inside and out all night. You probably already know where I live. REDACTED Matson Ave. Deer Park, Ohio.”

Debbie Boehner: “What is this about??”

Hoyt: “Mrs. Boehner, I was fired. I could not email Mr. Boehner directly because of the zip code block on his email. It doesn’t matter anyway. If he took a real interest in anything he would insure his Club was better than the Country, but they are exactly the same and life goes on SSDD. Sincerely, Mike. Mike, your former bartender.”

Hoyt agreed to a psych evaluation at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center when confronted by police in October. “Deer Park police signed a 72-hour hold on Hoyt at the psychiatric ward and recovered the .380 handgun from his home for safekeeping.”

Hoyt allegedly suffered from a similar event two years earlier and had been on medication but stopped taking it.

Police searched Hoyt’s home on Oct. 31 and seized an SKS assault rifle magazine, two boxes of 7.62 ammo, 35 loose rounds, a speed loader and a box of .380 rounds. A notebook containing “John Boehner” and “Ebola” were among other writings found during the search, as well as two envelopes with lists of country club members, according to documents.

Agents said they also found a bullet hole in the upper wall of Hoyt’s first-floor bedroom.


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