Death Threats Meant for George Zimmerman Actually Going to a Winter Park Woman

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"We're going to kill you; we're going to get you. Watch your back," an unidentified person told Winter Park resident Lori Tankel over the phone.

Only the threats weren't meant for her. They were meant for George Zimmerman.

And the threatening phone calls have been nonstop since a jury acquitted Zimmerman of shooting and killing Trayvon Martin.

The reason Tankel keeps getting these calls? The threatening party keeps dialing the wrong number.

WFTV ABC News-9 in Orlando reports that Tankel's phone number is one digit off from the line Zimmerman used to make his now-infamous 911 call on the night he shot Martin.

The phone number had been shown throughout the trial.

And now, some angry person keeps misdialing and getting Tankel instead and, more than scaring her, is just harassing the shit out of her.

"My phone just started to blow up. Phone call after phone call, multiple phone calls," Tankel told WFTV.

She also showed them a call log of the more than 100 threats she's gotten since the jury made its verdict.

Tankel has notified authorities but has gotten a tepid response. The Seminole County Sheriff's Office told her it gets an average of 400 death threats a minute on social media sites.

We're not entirely sure what that has to do with a woman being threatened by an unknown person who inexplicably thinks a middle-aged woman is actually George Zimmerman.

But Tankel is being forced to change her number, while feeling like someone is getting away with harassment and death threats because they don't know how to use a dial pad on a phone.


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Shawn Weaver
Shawn Weaver

True story...recently i went nyc and stayed near the world trade center..and being from the south i didnt have a winter coat and i was forced to layer my clothes.which included my hoodie..as i walked past the cops near the trade center..i noticed them kinda get nervous at my hoodie and bulky clothes..at first i thought ha ha..then i said to my self ..thats not cool of me..and i unzipped my jacket and put down my hood..the cop gave me a nod of approval...even with the rain and cold weather ..i felt i needed to respect these guys.they are looking out for all of us... and after watching the news ..day after day of people committing burgleres wearing hoddies on home servailence systems...i would hope i would be smart enough not to wear a hoddie in a unfamiliar neiborhood..just saying...

Paul Sutherland
Paul Sutherland

The principles behind Florida's SYG were already in the self defense instruction, it didn't need to be argued in court.

Dan K. Alexander
Dan K. Alexander

^Just because the defense didn't cite SYG does not mean that the law had no bearing on the case/trial. If you don't believe me, go and listen to the interview juror B-37 gave to CNN's Anderson Cooper. The juror mentioned SYG multiple times. On top of this, the judge in the Zimmerman trial discussed SYG when issuing deliberation instructions to the jury. This information is public record. If you are informed you should be aware. :)

Danny Morin
Danny Morin

You are aware stand your ground played no part in the Zimmerman trial right? So exactly what would this solve?

Rachel R Levy Lewis
Rachel R Levy Lewis

I wonder why Casey Anthony got away with murdering her child and yet this man was supposed to die at the hands of a degenerate 17-year-old... Strange...

Dan K. Alexander
Dan K. Alexander

All of these callers ought to instead call their elected officials and demand a repeal of the Stand Your Ground law/provision. It would be much more productive than what they're doing (or trying to do).

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