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.
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.
Marshmallow creme: The supreme white treat.
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.