Because the emails demanded that the money be brought to the library, police were watching the building all day when they noticed the woman later identified as Galvin looking around, as if concerned about being followed. They briefly spoke with her but did not have evidence to link her to the emails, and let her go.
Galvin then sent more emails, threatening to start a fire and again demanding money. She also mentioned then-Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, triggering the involvement of additional investigators from the state police.
In one of the emails, Galvin included a photo taken of the inside of the library and giving them until just after noon to meet her demands. As police surrounded the library in response, they noticed Galvin walking in and recognized her from the earlier encounter.
They asked to look at her phone and discovered the same photo of the library that had been sent to police.
Galvin later confessed, saying she had grievances with the way she was being treated by the various targets of the threats.
Galvin, who after her arraignment last fall was sent to a state hospital for evaluation, is currently living in a state Department of Mental Health facility, her lawyer told Machera yesterday.
A DMH caseworker, as well as a social worker from the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the state public defender agency that represented her yesterday, accompanied Galvin to court.
A DMH employee will have to drive Galvin to the courthouse on a weekly basis while she is on probation so that she can check in with her probation officer.
Last month, a Gloucester man, Mark Fuller, 61, was found guilty and sentenced to 18 months of probation after making “copycat” threats against Beverly Hospital. Fuller, who denied making the threats, testified that he was motivated to follow up on his own complaints against the hospital after seeing a Salem News article about Galvin’s case.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at email@example.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.