Once the province of survivalists on the fringes of society, prepping has “gone mainstream” within the past decade. There are television shows dedicated to following the exploits of individual preppers and prepper groups—I formerly reviewed Doomsday Preppers for PJ Media, and have been to Doomsday Castle—and you can now find many prepper-oriented items in both sporting goods stores and big-box retailers.
It’s now quite common, as are prepping groups.
55-year-old Marty Winters belongs to a Florida prepping group called “River Otter Preppers,” which is stockpiling food, survival supplies, knowledge, and weapons against possible disaster scenarios is on the run from the FBI this morning, allegedly for preparing to fight government agents after the Rapture written about in the Bible’s New Testament Book of Revelation.
Apparently, the Feds also fear the end is neigh, as they acted on a tip and sent an undercover informant into the group for months, which resulted in a grand jury indictment for planning to build crude shotgun shell boobytraps:
The destructive devices — metal tubes designed to fire 12-gauge shotgun shells — were intended to function as booby traps, according to a 24-page search warrant affidavit that lays out the government’s case.
Winters and the River Otter Preppers “are preparing for an end-of-times event as prophesied by the Book of Revelations in the Bible which he believes will occur in the near future,” the affidavit states, “which will require individuals to rely on themselves for food and protection from other individuals and the federal government.”
Last October, Winters told an FBI undercover employee that he had spent $200,000 on his preparations and that he had buried 60 AR-15 firearms in four barrels in the ground, the record states. They toured the neighborhood, and Winters pointed out bunkers that he keeps on three east Hillsborough County properties, two on Williams Boulevard and one on Spring Road.
He talked about shooting government agents in the back, first snagging them with fishhooks that would pop out of air-pressured pipes mounted on the eaves of porches. “Winters will then shoot the agents while they are entangled in the hooks,” Special Agent Ronald Monaco wrote in the affidavit.
An unidentified FBI employee spent months in talks with Winters and wrote that he also talked of shooting tanks of propane gas to kill government agents as they entered his property.
Winters was either tipped off about the FBI raid or simply had luck on his side, and managed to escape the FBI team sent in to arrest him. He is now on the run, a wanted man.
But Winters is wanted for what, precisely?