A Lexington woman sent threatening letters to former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama because she wanted to be placed under arrest and eventually "be put down (by) lethal injection," according to federal court documents.
Secret Service Special Agent Joshua L. Fisher wrote in an affidavit filed Monday in U.S. District Court that Susan Mary Collins, 46, told him during an interview Friday that she "planned to kill President Bush because he sent our boys to war to finish what his father couldn't."
"In reference to President Obama, she stated 'somebody's going to eventually threaten to kill President Obama. It might as well be me,'" Fisher wrote.
The affidavit does not say when the letters allegedly were sent.
Collins' sister Patricia Ringler contacted the Lexington office of the Secret Service on Friday about the letters Collins allegedly sent to Bush and Obama. Fisher interviewed Collins at a La Quinta Inn later that day.
Collins told Fisher that she would travel to Dallas to visit Bush at his home if she weren't arrested, the affidavit says. "She said she would then do 'whatever it takes to be arrested,'" Fisher wrote.
When the agent asked Collins how she would hurt Bush, she said she had access to hidden weapons, Fisher wrote.
Collins was arrested and charged with making threats against a former president of the United States and making threats against the president of the United States. She is being held in the Fayette County jail.
U.S. Magistrate Judge James B. Todd entered a court order for Collins to undergo psychiatric evaluations to determine her mental competency, court records state.
R. Michael Murphy, Collins' attorney, declined to comment.
Collins had been arrested four times in the 1980s on charges of making threats against the president, the affidavit states. Collins was in possession of a large knife during at least one of the previous investigations.