After deputies responded to a request for service at his home in suburban Johnston County outside of Raleigh last week, an IT manager at NC State University was accused of playing a role in a continent-wide mass doxing of leftists who died in a house fire.
At the time of his death, Chadwick Seagraves was working as a service manager in NC State’s Office of Information Technology.
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According to the Johnston County Report, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a house on Foxglove Drive in Garner at about 5:15 p.m. on Monday based on a suspicious person report, but “the call was upgraded to a report of a man outside his home armed with a gun allegedly threatening to harm his wife and children” before they arrived. The sheriff’s office’s public information officer, Jeffrey Caldwell, confirmed the report’s truth to Raw Story.
The man ran back inside the residence and refused to come out, according to the complaint. Deputies also received information that the guy had physically assaulted a neighbor, and they established that his wife and children were not there. Deputies then heard popping noises and discovered a fire inside the house. A corpse was then discovered inside the residence near the kitchen area by firefighters.
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The person found dead in the fire has yet to be recognized by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office. The medical examiner, according to Caldwell, will make that decision.
However, according to a GoFundMe page set up on behalf of a woman with Seagraves’ surname, she “lost her husband and her home last night in a horrific fire.” According to state voting records, Seagraves and his wife shared an address on Foxglove Drive in Garner. The property is also owned by both husband and wife, according to Johnston County property records.
In November 2020, the Anonymous Comrade Collective, a Twitter account, accused Seagraves of compiling and sharing thousands of files containing personal information about left-wing activists in Portland, Oregon, and Asheville, North Carolina, which were then distributed on 4chan, an internet forum popular with white supremacists, resulting in threats. Olivia Katbi Smith, co-chair of the Portland chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, filed a lawsuit against Seagraves for breach of privacy in county circuit court in Oregon.
Seagraves allegedly posted information on Twitter using a private account accusing him of supporting “jihadists” and affiliating with “Antifa,” according to an NC State University student who requested anonymity but submitted a copy of his transcript to Raw Story to establish his identification.
The university said in early 2021 that they were unable to prove charges of “malicious online actions” after an internal inquiry into the complaints against Seagraves was concluded. The NC State University Office of Information Technology still lists Seagraves as the service manager for managed desktop services.
Seagraves attended a Second Amendment event in April 2018 with fellow Proud Boys members, in addition to his position as emcee at the 2017 rally that led to his introduction of Invictus. His Twitter account @roostersghost, which he used under the name “Elias McMahone,” featured references to his involvement, including one that stated, “My mother knows I’m a Proud Boy.”
Augustus Sol Invictus, a white supremacist who was one of the named speakers for the Unite the Right demonstration in Charlottesville, Va. two months later, was presented by Seagraves at an event described as a free-speech protest in Chapel Hill, NC in June 2017. Invictus was a national organizer for the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights at the time, which was intended to be the Proud Boys’ “tactical defense arm.” Invictus asked those in the audience to “join the Alt-Knights of the Proud Boys who are here with us today,” after presenting himself as “the commie killer” in Chapel Hill.
In December 2019, Invictus was charged with weapons and domestic violence violations in Rock Hill, SC, after choking his wife and holding a gun to her head. Invictus’ bond was revoked by a York County, SC judge in May 2020 for breaking a no-contact order with his wife.
Invictus, along with dozens of other white supremacist leaders and organizations, was sued by Charlottesville residents who were harmed in the violence during the Unite the Right demonstration and was found liable for conspiracy to commit racially motivated violence in a default judgment.
In March 2021, students at NC State and other Raleigh-area leftists protested the university’s decision to clear Seagraves of wrongdoing.
Chancellor Randy Woodson told faculty members in January 2021 that during the investigation, “it was made clear that while some of the online behavior attributed to this individual, some of which he denies, but regardless it’s done on his own time and not, unfortunately, at least for those of you who believe this is offensive — and that’s true of many people — it’s not subject to the State Personnel Act, and that doesn’t allow for dismissal because of it.”
Bertino, the South Carolina Proud Boy, told his Telegram readers, who number in the thousands, that he believes Seagraves was murdered.
“This is murder,” Bertino wrote on Monday evening. “I am telling you now that when they failed to get Chadwick fired they put a hit on him. Watch your backs, boys. They are trying to kill us. Don’t get caught slipping. Rip Rooster.”
According to Caldwell, a spokesperson for the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, there is no evidence to support any other scenario than that Seagraves started the fire that killed him.