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Police Say Suspect In Maryland Murders Planned To Confront His Pharmacist Brother Over Covid Vaccine Conspiracy

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at October 7, 2021


A man accused of killing his brother and two others wanted to confront his brother, who was a pharmacist, over administering coronavirus vaccinations, according to police documents that suggest the suspect believed his brother was in on a government conspiracy.

Key Facts

Jeffrey Allen Burnham was arrested last week in West Virginia for the murder of his brother and sister-in-law, Brian and Kelly Robinette, along with an 83-year-old woman named Rebecca Reynolds in Allegany County, Maryland, located on the state’s northern border with Pennsylvania.

The day before the murders, Burnham expressed a wish to confront Brian regarding “the government poisoning people with [coronavirus] vaccines,” Burnham’s mother Evelyn told police, according to police documents obtained by local outlet WBALTV.

Evelyn said her son kept repeating the phrase, “Brian knows something,” and police believe it was a motive for Burnham to go to his brother’s house the following day, where authorities say he killed his brother and sister-in-law.

The Robinettes had been shot repeatedly with a .40-caliber handgun, which matched an empty box found at Burnham’s house for a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun police found at Burnham’s home, according to police documents.

After leaving the Robinette home, Burnham allegedly stole his brother’s red Corvette and stopped at a residence for gas, where he told someone who later went to the police his brother had been killing people with coronavirus vaccines.

Burnham is being held without bail on charges for murder and stealing a vehicle as Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office seeks an indictment.

Key Background

Unfounded conspiracy theories regarding the safety of coronavirus vaccines have swirled since the early days of the pandemic, spreading on social media platforms. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease official and an outspoken supporter of coronavirus vaccines, has received death threats, which he called “a little disturbing” in a podcast last year. Experts say vaccine misinformation has also been a major obstacle for the country’s vaccination drive, which is believed to be the best bet to end the pandemic. Clinical studies show the coronavirus vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. are safe and effective for the vast majority of people, and that serious side effects are rare. Last week, the U.S. hit the grim milestone of 700,000 coronavirus deaths, though experts say the true death toll is likely higher.

Further Reading

Documents: Murder suspect wanted to confront pharmacist brother over COVID-19 vaccine (WBALTV)

Microchips, Magnets And Shedding: Here Are 5 (Debunked) Covid Vaccine Conspiracy Theories Spreading Online (Forbes)


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