On two of the three occasions that now-admitted attempted Spokane bomber Kevin Harpham went to the store to buy components for his bombs, he also bought a tub of Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallow Crème.
That revelation and more comes from today's court hearing, in which Harpham pleaded guilty to a host of charges that will likely see him imprisoned for 30 years or so.
Backstory: On January 17 a shrapnel-filled bomb was found in a backpack in downtown Spokane along the route that a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade was expected to follow. The bomb contained explosives and fishing weights that were coated in rat poison.
Marshmallow creme: The supreme white treat.
After the bomb was discovered, the FBI tied it back to Harpham, an Army veteran. They also tied Harpham to white-supremacist groups in the Pacific Northwest, like the National Alliance.
Under this plea agreement Harpham has been found guilty of Attempted Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction and Attempt to Cause Bodily Injury with an Explosive Device Based on Actual or Perceived Race and National Origin of Any Person.
Prosecutors are asking for a sentence between 27 and 32 years, though the court can hand down a different sentence if a judge wants to.
The plea agreement also lays out how FBI investigators were able to tie the purchases of the bomb components to Harpham. He apparently made three purchases at a Walmart in Spokane in Early November.
First purchase: 40 fishing weights, 1 container of Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallow Crème, vitamin D milk, "a few food items," and a Faberware-brand food processor.
Second purchase: 60 fishing weights
Third purchase: 30 fishing weights, 1 container of Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallow Crème, vitamin D milk.
Investigators also found that he'd purchased the remote-controlled car starter that was used as a trigger device for the bomb and that he bought a digital camera that he took a bunch of photos of himself with . . . at the MLK rally prior to setting the bomb.
From the look of the evidence, it's a wonder it's taken this long to exact a guilty plea.
Word to the wise for Mr. Harpham: Don't ask anyone for marshmallow crème when you're in prison. It's probably not the kind you're after.