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William Spengler, Monroe County Sheriff's Office

From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

WEBSTER, N.Y. -- The note penned by William Spengler Jr. prior to his deadly ambush of firefighters in Webster explained how a female former neighbor and her daughter helped him acquire the guns he used in the attack, according to law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Thursday that criminal charges against at least one, perhaps both, of the women were imminent.

How Spengler obtained the guns has been of intense interest to investigators because Spengler's criminal history prevented him from legally owning firearms. He pleaded guilty in 1981 to a felony manslaughter charge for killing his grandmother with a hammer a year earlier.

The officials described the typewritten note as rambling for two-to-three pages and taunting at times.

The existence of a note was first revealed during a news conference on Tuesday by Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering, who said the letter was found near Spengler's body after he had committed suicide.

At the time, Pickering said the note outlined Spengler's plan of attack, but he made no mention that Spengler provided investigators with clues to the source of his arsenal, which included a Bushmaster .223 rifle, a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, and a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber handgun.

Includes reporting by staff writers Gary Craig and Jon Hand.

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