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Brooksville, FL — Michael Burcum, 65, was arrested on stalking charges last weekend after police say he placed black widow spider eggs in his ex-girlfriend’s mailbox.

According to investigators, Burcum and 47-year-old Kimberly Sonnenschen dated for about three weeks back in March. After they broke up, Sonnenschen hooked back up with her long-term boyfriend, 52-year-old Stephen Boyce. I’m guessing Burcum wasn’t too pleased…

Burcum has apparently sent numerous letters and e-mails to the couple’s home, each “harassing in nature,” and at one point, tried to get access to Boyce’s social security number by posing as a federal agent. Burcum is also accused of posting several of the hateful letters on trash cans outside of Boyce’s work place.

Burcum stepped it up a bit about three weeks ago by placing several black widow eggs in the couple’s mailbox. Deputies said the eggs had already hatched by the time Boyce noticed they were there. *shudder* Boyce, who was not bitten by the spiders, says Burcum raises black widows as pets.

When police made contact with Burcum, he claimed Boyce and Sonnenschen were talking bad about him and “discrediting his integrity.” He reportedly told police he would not stop harassing the couple until he got a letter of apology from them through e-mail.

Burcum was charged with two counts of stalking and released on $1,000 bail.

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  • Prominent Prozac

    At first I read “Black windows” and just wondered how anything with blacked out windows and this guy could be bad.

  • Prominent Prozac

    (Add on..)

    I’m always tormenting my boyfriend with spider teasings (He’s so scared of them..It’s ridiculous)..I’m so sending him this.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, what a charmer! Can’t imagine why he’d be single. Why is his bail so low? The fact that he tells the police he isn’t going to stop is very telling, this man is a pure menace to society as well as any woman unfortunate enough to get involved with him.

  • Anonymous

    Wait a minute, wait a minute. The cops aren’t jumping off their asses because of him impersonating a FEDERAL agent!??? Aren’t they supposed to charge him for even impersonating a freaking regular cop!???Oh & my brother in law has a black widow as a pet. Before we had kids we had the 2 dogs, 2 parrots & we also had a Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula & a Philipine Tiger Leg Centipede (this one was poisonous enough to kill a grown man). Why did we have’em? We is too many people, the “bugs” were my husband’s as I had nothing to do with them other than spraying water in their container about once a month or two.  While they certainly aren’t cute creatures they are quite low maintenance cause you don’t have to feed them most of the time. They would eat every 2 months or so and food costs about $2 tops.

    But then we got pregnant. The tarantula wasn’t a nice one (yes there are nice ones that are docile enough to touch, but we got a particularly nasty one) & the centipede escaped when it was about 7inches long.  We had the American Bulldog puppy at the same time & it weighed about 8lbs.  One day I went to get the puppy out of the kennel & that thing popped out of my closet with it’s pinchers & fangs out ready to bite either the puppy or me. It was by a miracle that I didn’t squish that shit cause I would’ve. My husband caught it & now we won’t have any more creepy crawlers.

    Maybe a frog once my 2nd dog dies.  We had to put our AB down 2 days ago.

  • Anonymous

    lol PP I read the same thing.Black windows… sheesh!

  • Anonymous

    Yikes JGo, sorry to hear about the loss of your pet

  • Anonymous

    Maybe with luck the pos will get bitten by his own blackwidow pet.I can’t believe the creep was not locked up.

  • Gee

    OK… putting  fucking spiders on me is the worst thing some one can do to me.  I will hurt someone!

  • LeaveMeBe

    Apology letters are easy. I write them all the time.

    Dear Michael,

    I am sorry that you are such a loser and social reject who hangs out with spiders. And I am really sorry I ever dated you.

    Sincerely,
    Kimberly

  • Count Rackula

    I am so sorry to hear that dollface! 🙁

  • Gee

    When I read about these types of stalkers I think fight fire with fire!  Stalk his ass, tape nasty notes on his trash can, house where ever, Unleash bed bugs in his house. Fuck it! Two can play the same game. Bed bugs are much more menacing then Black widow eggs. You can at least get rid of the spiders. I swear to gawd you can’t get rid of bed bugs

  • I’da throat punched him for sure…

  • Gee

     I bet that John Doll would have never acted like this. Certainly wouldn’t harass you with spiders! Just sayin…

  • Anonymous

    He’s stalking them, defaming them and putting the eggs of poisonous spiders in their mailbox.  And he says he’s not going to quit until they “apologize”.  (and let’s face it, they could publish an apology in the damn newspaper, and he’d come up with some other reason to stalk them.  This is all about terror and control.)

    So, naturally, the court lets him go on $1,000 dollars bond. 

    *applauds*  Way to go, criminal justice system, way to go.

  • Anonymous

    Oh wow! Where’s Pikeman? I wanna hear his response! Lol. I do have to say the guy was a little inventive, black widow eggs, letters on trash cans at bf’s place of employment… although, the posing as a federal agent for SS numbers was pretty lame, everyone knows u do that thru fake e-mail ad! Jeeze. He woulda been laughed at had he put those in my mailbox.

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    lesse 47.. he didnt have enough viagra, and pet spideys

  • pikeman

    Yeah, I’m here.

    At least it was just the eggs, but that is bad enough. I know they hatched, but they are still tiny then. It would have been worse if he put a full grown black widow in there, and it made a web, which it would have.

    I remember when I was a kid, mys stepdad very carefully used little tweezers to open a black widow eggsack so we could look at them under a microscope. Unfortunately, they were hatched and hundreds of baby spiders poured out! Not good! He quickly threw the test tube with all the baby spiders in it in the stove and burned them.

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    A small nuke will kill them.. and clean up the neighborhood 🙂

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    tarantulas get pissed/y when you dont let them out for mating season

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    because he didnt have any Oxycodone, gahh poisonus spiders, pshaw

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    but in the name of Science!!!!!!

  • Hekate

    whatever happened to candy, flowers and romantic cards saying ” i love you come back to me” ??? Guys like this are gonna put See’s and Hallmark outta business with all their DIY creativity….

  • Anonymous

    Ok so when the package I sent you arrives, just cut about a quarter sized hole in it, and then, you know, just forget about it, no worries, everything is good.

  • pikeman

    Great! If you send me one it would be a northern black widow. A lot of people don’t know it, but there is different kinds of widow spiders. There are red widows which only live in Florida (go figure). There are brown widows which are all over the South and South West now. There is a regular black widow, which are the plain black ones with a regular hour glass. Some areas around here have a Western black widow which is smaller and it’s hourglass is broken up, or in some cases, not even there.

    A Northern black widow is in the mid west and parts of mid Canada. They get big and have red dots running down their back. Yes, I know a lot about this shit.

    Northern black widow. http://bugguide.net/images/raw/UZMLWZILAZ0L2ZLL4ZMHBHHL5ZRL5Z0LOHGHEZZLVHXH6Z8H2ZGHOHSL1H8HVHXHFH4LVZ4LFHGLNZ.jpg

    So if I get a black widow with red dots on it’s back, I will know who to thank. Thanks, Mackac!

  • Anonymous

    Holy fuck, I thought I needed to get out of the house more, what do you just mainline the Discovery channel ?

  • Anonymous

    Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you. Ironically because I dealt more with her & her “messes” while I am sad, I feel like weight has been lifted off my shoulders. At the same time that makes me feel worse. I keep expecting to hear her barking or to see her at the window/door.

    I’ve called my son her name twice cause he moves so much like her… I was the one that had to drive to the vet. *Shakes head* My husband’s not doing so good & my mother in law (hated the dog) couldn’t be happier.

  • Anonymous

    We had a male. Before that my hubby had another one that was a female & the dude that gave him the male convinced him of trading it to him for breeding purposes… He had the male one since it was the size of half of a dime.

    Every time he switched containers it tried to make a break for it. I was hovering over the husband with a shoe.

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    you would implode seeing them all over during mating season in CA june and july they are all over..in the foothills and the sierras creepy

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    ROFL..

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    its montana, he talks to the trees they dont talk back, and neither do the women, and the sheep sayy baaaaaa…

  • Gee

     Geez I guess I know who to go to when info is needed on spiders

  • Anonymous

    Ego, disillusionment, and heartbreak: the things that can make a crazy man crazier.

    Can’t imagine why this poor guy got dumped.

    I like the part where he told the police he would not stop harassing the couple until they wrote a letter of apology. He show deed showed dem!

    Good luck with the bail.. A low bail can say a lot about the criminal.

  • Gee

     I would loose my shit! I do not care about snakes by spiders with fur are too much for me.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah furry things should be cute, even if deadly…but furry spiders- I would have to step on them.

  • pikeman

    Part of the reason I know so much about black widows is I hate them, but I am also fascinated with them. The reason is I had something happen when I was very young that nightmares are made of.

    I lived in northern California as a kid, near the Oregon border. There were black widows, scorpions, and rattlesnakes everywhere. I killed many black widows. I even dug up a nest of eight mature black widows once.

    One day I was walking through the creek bed in late summer. It was pretty much dried up, except for a few puddles of water. I went to walk up to a culvert where there was a pool of water and a bunch of moths flying around. All of a sudden the moths froze. They were stuck in a massive spider web that came from the top of the culvert all the way down to the ground. I had almost walked into the damn thing. It was big enough to catch a bird, probably seven feet from the top of the culvert down to my feet! This huge, horrible, tangled web was unlike anything I have ever seen.

    The BIGGEST fucking black widow I have ever seen by far (and I’ve seen plenty) came racing down the web with HUNDREDS OF BABY SPIDERS FOLLOWING HER!!! She was the size of a fifty cent piece! That bitch wrapped those moths up lickety split and went hauling ass up that nightmare of a web with all those little spiderlings following her. She was the mother of all black widows! It creeps me out bringing this up, big time!

    I flipped out and ran out of the creek bed. I started having nightmares about them. I killed them all the time, but I never messed with her. I wouldn’t even go back there. Well, we moved to Montana, and I’ve never seen them in this area. I’ve seen them North of here, but they are way smaller than the ones in California. Now you know why I don’t like black widows.

  • pikeman

    Now that I look closely at this guys mug, I think he may have eaten some of the black widows.

  • pikeman

    There is a lot of other nasty things we could release in his mailbox. The black widow egg thing is amateur. How about a whole mess of hornets? That would be awesome. We could also put scorpions and rattlesnakes in there, then kick back across the street with a beer and a set of binoculars and watch the excitement.

    Damn, that’s a good idea. I know of someone I really don’t like. Where I live I’ll have to settle for hobo spiders and yellow jackets, though.

    If someone wanted to be a real asshole, they could have a snake handler put a black mamba in his mailbox.

  • Anonymous

    When I was younger, I had an extreme fear of spiders, which guaranteed me they would end up in my room. I go into room to go to bed, only to find 3 of the biggest blackest wolf spiders waiting for me.rarely did they end up in anyone elses room grrr.While sitting at my dinning room table , putting on my make-up. I spied one in the corner about eight ft away.I kept my eye on him every few seconds as I was putting my make-up on.About the 20th time of looking at him, he was gone.I did the heebee jeebee dance, fluffing my hair to make sure he was not on me.I checked the carpet as well. no spider.About a half hour later I feel tickle, tickle, tickle on the side of my breast. I said, “please, please don’t let him be in there”.I slowly pulled my shirt up and the damn thing was in my bra.ahhhhh! * shivers*.I about ripped my own breast off getting him out of there.

  • Anonymous

    lmao, good one. Hekate

  • pikeman

    For those of you that are interested, the brown widow, and according to an article I just found, the red widow is spreading throughout the southern states. They are all poisonous, but a red widow is thought to be the worst. You can thank Florida for them, that is the only place that originally had them. They are very strange looking and colorful, so here is a pic of one and a link to the article. http://www.surviveoutdoors.com/imgs/reference/spiders/red-widow-1.jpg http://www.surviveoutdoors.com/reference/spiders/red_widow.asp

  • pikeman

    And if you think that’s crazy, here is a type of widow spider in Western Asia and the Mediterranean that has thirteen red dots running down it’s back. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7a/Latrodectus_tredecimguttatus_female.jpg/200px-Latrodectus_tredecimguttatus_female.jpg

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    thats a well fed widow >:) ill send you one mouse size

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    I am all for hand grenade, maybe some bath salts in spray form?

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    get some hipboots n go for it

  • Anonymous

    Yay,for once it wasn’t me that read something wrong and was confused.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry to hear about your dog.And thanks so much for the image of that thing jumping out of the closet.Now I can have something new to add to my nightmares and hallucinations.

  • Anonymous

    Oh !My !God! If I wasn’t narcoleptic I would never sleep again.Why on God’s green earth did I read this article?

  • Anonymous

    Pikeman,AliceinChainsman come on over.You’re both sick fuckers and I think i know of several deserving people that could benefit from your twisted ideas of revenge.

  • Anonymous

    And of course baaa means no.

  • Anonymous

    Ok if this is the new romantic then I will never complain about my husband’s lack of romance ever again.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah this guy was such a catch-breeds black widows as pets.I can picture him in the dark cradling an aquarium saying “My precious…”.

  • $1,000 bail!? That judge is stupid. Someone send him a spider-gram and maybe he’ll get how dangerous that guy is.

    edit: can’t spell

  • Hekate

    (Bows) Thank you Thank you… i’m here all next week…

  • Hekate

    lmao… i had that thought as well…

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    Sick ? I learned this stuff in school..buwahaha

    Pay for the gas i will pick him up..!

  • Alicia

    I read the title as “Black Windows” too! I thought maybe he was staking out their house in a car with tinted windows or something.

  • Hekate

    awww  she was just saying ‘hello’….
    I had a wolfspider living under my fridge back in my college days… she kept the roaches that migrated from next door at bay for me… after a while she had babies and if i came into the kitchen at night and turned on the light they would all be out roaming around, she would call them back to her and let me get my drink of water. When she died 2 of her offspring stayed… and 2 of their offspring stayed. i caught them when i moved out and released them…

  • Prominent Prozac

    My mind stopped here…

    “& the centipede escaped when it was about 7inches long.”

    …Because I know you just said..

    “& a Philipine Tiger Leg Centipede (this one was poisonous enough to kill a grown man).”

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take spiders over snakes, most of those fuckers aren’t big enough to wrap themselves around you… although JUMPING spiders… I hope I faint when I encounter one.

  • Anonymous

    Riverdance on their ass!

  • Anonymous

    That’s why we gave it away. Because it has been documented cases of it killing people already & newborns are prime targets.

    I’m just waiting for the day one of these idiots appears in DD for owning one of these & letting the kids play with it.

  • Anonymous

    “Because it has been documented cases of it killing people already.”  So you housed a centipede already convicted of a murderous rage?  Oh no…I would have put it in the tub and cut it up, since that’s where its smaller centipede buddies hang out, and gave it in pieces to the birds/dog/hubby.

  • Anonymous

    Great now I have a stupid song stuck in my head-well my version of it anyway.”Spider-gram,spider-gram,does whatever a spider-gram does…”Okay I’m going to take my meds now

  • I wasn’t lucky enough to faint on my jumping spider encounter. Fuck.

  • hahaha!

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    ill send homer on over

  • Prominent Prozac

    I would’ve bought it off you to toss on the boyfriend..Why do you have to be so wasteful 😛

  • Anonymous

    Oh do tell! I’m morbid like that… every time I see a show about those green snakes that drop from the treetops to kill their prey (bright pretty green & from South America) I have horrible dreams & wake up crying. Animal Planet & Discovery Channel are 2 of the channels I watch with apprehension.

  • Anonymous

    “Murderous rage” LOL… When we got it it was an inch long & couldn’t quite kill yet but if I would’ve cut it up it could’ve killed the birds, the venom & all.

    We also gave it away cause if that shit got to bite you where the fuck in Alberta, Canada was I going to find an antivenom @ the hospital!? I told my hubby that if there wasn’t any antivenom we’re not keeping it & that thing’s supposed to get to be like 12 in. It would’ve been a fucking snake with legs.

  • Anonymous

    Aww, I’m sad for you. 

  • Anonymous

    Thank you SO MUCH! for this information…(kills most spiders on sight)

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    I know what to get you for xmas now 🙂

  • Anonymous

    As I said my AB’s 6ft deep now, but I haven’t gotten rid of everything of her. That includes a nice big box of her crap that keeps festering & drying out with the hot/rainy weather here…

    Just sayin’… LOL

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  • Alexis Dreatori

    This guy need some rehabilitation. The couples are really terrified because there are poisonous spiders living in their room.

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