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Tabor Bomb Suspect Has Same Name, Age as 2010 Sisseton HS Bomb-Maker

The Division of Criminal Investigation has arrested some miscreant for possession of a destructive device. No, not Jason Ravnsborg’s Taurus—it appears the DCI, Bon Homme County Sheriff, FBI, and ATF found Joseph Hansen making bombs in his house in Tabor:

This weekend, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation was requested to investigate allegations of destructive device possession and manufacturing after local law enforcement responded to reports of an explosion at a Tabor, South Dakota residence.

As the result of interviews and a search warrant executed by DCI Special Agents and public safety bomb technicians, Joseph Hansen of Tabor, South Dakota was arrested on charges of sale, transportation, or possession of a destructive device and unauthorized possession of substances with intent to make a destructive device [staff, “Man Arrested for Possession of Destructive Device in Tabor,” KSFY, 2021.08.22].

Last July, one Joseph Hansen of Tabor, then age 28, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia.

Eleven years ago today, one Joseph Thomas Hansen of Claire City, then age 18, was arrested for possessing and bombs and bomb-making materials after police received a tip that Hansen was planning to blow up his high school in Sisseton. Hansen wrote that he wanted to “become the world’s most infamous sociopath.” Hansen pled guilty and was sentenced to twenty years in the state penitentiary, with ten years suspended. The DOC Offender Locator indicates that Joseph T. Hansen, Inmate #16699, now age 29, completed his sentence and is “outside”.

13 Comments

  1. Eve Fisher 2021-08-23

    Sounds like Mr. Hansen is determined to blow something up – including his own life.

  2. bearcreekbat 2021-08-23

    But, but, what about the 2nd Amendment right “to keep and bear Arms?” A bomb or destructive device qualifies as “arms;” indeed, why else would they refer to the contest between the US, Russia and other nations to build the biggest and nastiest bombs the “nuclear arms race.” And doesn’t the 2nd Amendment guarantee the right to keep such “arms” specifically because someday some crazy person might decide to murder government officials that he or she thinks is responsible for some law he or she deems to be tryannical?

    . . . the “insurrectionary” theory of the Second Amendment. . . . holds that the possession of firearms by individuals serves as the ultimate check on the power of government. The concept postulates that the Second Amendment was intended to provide the means by which the people, as a last resort, could rise in armed revolt against tyrannical authorities. . . . .

    https://scholarship.law.duke.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=5203&context=faculty_scholarship

    After all, what founding father would ever create a government without a special law like the 2nd Amendment allowing some crazy civilian to commit murder in an effort to destroy the very government created whenever that nutcase decided that some law was tyrannical?

    And, of course, no one would ever revolt unless there was a special law that they thought permitted them to have the “arms” necessary to kill the people they deemed tyrannical. Imagine that there was no Second Amendment to protect us from King George’s tryanny back in 1776:

    “You know Thomas, this English government is getting a bit too tyrannical, lets revolt. Oh wait we don’t have a law that allows us to keep and bear arms, so nevermind.”

    On the other hand, maybe this insurrectionist argument is simply too absurd to consider.

    No system of government can allow for its own demise by violent overthrow. While a theoretical basis for the Second Amendment might guarantee access to firearms by other than the professional armies of the federal govemment, the Second Amendment does not sanction armed revolt by the citizenry. That right exists, if at all, only when the Constitution’s system for peaceful change ceases to function; it does not arise where a group-armed or otherwise—-simply dislikes or disagrees with a particular government decision or policy. (footnotes omitted)

  3. Bonnie B Fairbank 2021-08-23

    Oh, dear, I’m sure Mr. Hansen is just a misunderstood lad who would REALLY BENEFIT FROM AN INVOLUNTARY STAY at the SD Human Services Center in Yankton. Once his 72-hour hold is up, he can be rehabilitated back into his Tabor community, where he will, once again, become a contributing member of society.

    Yeesh.

  4. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2021-08-23

    Bonnie, if the individual arrested yesterday is the same individual who threatened to go on a killing spree in Sisseton, we might want to ask the Department of Corrections just how hard they tried to correct this individual’s behavior before letting him out.

    If these individuals are one and the same, I suspect the judge will put him back in the pen for as long as possible.

  5. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2021-08-23

    BCB, as you note, the right to resort to violence to change the government exists, “if at all, only when the Constitution’s system for peaceful change ceases to function.” That’s why the right-wing extremists are so eager to believe Mike Lindell’s lives. They can’t wait to start throwing punches and bombs.

    If I were working this case, I would review Hansen’s bank accounts, receipts, phone records, and any documents around the house to see if he was just building bombs for his own mad purposes or if he was making connections with other radicals who might put his explosive skills to work for domestic terrorism.

  6. Arlo Blundt 2021-08-23

    Well…Tabor is a quiet, peaceful village, with friendly, fun loving people. I’m very sorry Mr. Hanson chose to live there.

  7. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2021-08-23

    KELO-TV confirms that the Joseph Hansen who was found unresponsive and burned in his driveway Friday night after a reported explosion and who was arrested yesterday as described above is the same Joseph Thomas Hansen who sought global infamy by plotting to kill and rape classmates at Sisseton HS in 2010.

  8. jerry 2021-08-23

    The guy clearly has that Napoleonic thing going for him. The boiling of the gasoline is a dead giveaway that there is a wire loose in the attic of this hombre. When he gets out, he should move way way out in the country,

  9. grudznick 2021-08-23

    That young fellow is insaner than most. Even the wingnuts we know of don’t boil literal gasoline, only political gasoline.

  10. Lottie 2021-08-23

    Yikes!

  11. Bonnie B Fairbank 2021-08-24

    Yikes! is right, Lottie! Apropos of virtually nothing, compare Mr. Hansen’s mug to that of Doug Jensen’s, Iowa’s most Famous Insurrectionist. Separated at birth, no? It’s the hair.

  12. RST Tribal Member 2021-08-24

    One could venture to guess he is, as others likes him, a strong supporter of America’s Governor and 45. Lucky for him he won the judicial and social lottery at birth with all white parents. Otherwise, he would just be a legal or social footnote in some SD Supreme Court case involving SD Republican elected officials running into or over unlucky citizens using the state’s public highways. Without birthing privileges he would be a long term resident of the troubled facility in Sioux Falls that, like the state, lacks leadership.

    It seems he isn’t considered dangerous until he acts up or out. Such is the privilege of domestic terrorists in SD or the likes of America’s Governor.

  13. Bonnie B Fairbank 2021-08-24

    Post Author, CAH. I hope you understood my comment about Hansen was pure sarcasm from first word to last. He needs to be thrown under prison.

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