Thursday, May 09, 2013

Saxophonist held on bomb threat charges

Police in St. Louis County are holding saxophonist William Schafer on charges of making a false bomb threat following an incident Wednesday in Creve Coeur Park.

According to a report by Joel Currier published earlier today by, Schafer "went in Creve Coeur Park at lunchtime Wednesday to play his saxophone, police say. He carried it in a case, approached a group of people and told them he had a bomb hidden in his sax case."

"The people got scared, police said. They called 911. Maryland Heights officers arrived, found Schafer tooting his horn in the park and arrested him."

"He admitted telling people about a bomb in the sax case, but claimed he was simply touting his saxophone skills, court documents say. Nonetheless, St. Louis County prosecutors charged him Thursday with making a false bomb threat. Maryland Heights police took Schafer to jail, where he is being held on a $25,000 bail."

An online bio says Schafer is a graduate of the University of Missouri and Maryville University, and a search shows he's played with some reasonably well-known local groups including the Brian Sullivan Quartet, the Pat Sajak Assassins, and several others. Known in some online fora as "jazzresin," he's studied to be a music therapist and has been around the St. Louis scene long enough to have made jazz historian and DJ Dennis Owsley's honor roll of notable local musicians.

Add it all up, and Schafer sounds not like a legitimate threat to public safety, but rather someone who made a bad joke and then possibly got stupid with a cop. Not something to be encouraged or applauded, certainly, but not something that merits a disproportionate use of scarce local law enforcement, correctional and court resources, either. Here's hoping the County prosecutor will reconsider at first opportunity and adjust the charge and bond to something more appropriate, or drop them entirely. 

In the wake of the recent bombing in Boston, a certain amount of caution is understandable, but in this case, do you think the authorities in Maryland Heights and St. Louis County are over-reacting? You can weigh in with your comments below, and in the meantime, StLJN will be following further developments in this story.

Update - 4:15 p.m., 5/10/13: A message on Schafer's Facebook page says that he's been released after posting 10% of the $25,000 bail bond. More as we get it...

Photo from William Schafer's profile on 


  1. When 20 guns get drawn on you for playin sax a phone so blue. U dont know how the love is lost forever and it is done gone through. Next time it happens i'll play the fool and make a fuss and act all cruel. They'll shoot me dead and i'll be through. It's what i want in a world corrupt and corrdid. My corridor of peace is gone shattered in pieces. Am i the impliment or is it the sax. Morgellons borrealai. When twenty guns get drawn. Wrists bent and contorted in cuffs. Dripping springs its not your fault. What did i say wrong. My peacock jazz walk. My lingo shot. I lay bleeding in my head. I smacked upon the jail walls till i gave myself a concussion. I cry for the other inmates jailed for petty crimes of survival and misunderstanding. With tiny grimey meals meal worms. Superjail in clayton. I sleep a waking nightmare without neurontin nerves are frail with misfire upon misfire. When 20 guns get drawn upon you playin a pawn shop saxophone. Dont. Just run and theyll shoot u dead. Shoot u dead shoot u dead. Its what u want now in hideous world shade shadow me this shadow me that. I wrote a song tonite outsida vintage vinyl. S'bout when 20 guns drawn upon a saxophone player blue. I blow sax. I blew it???? What did i do???? Ill with morgellons....nova police gonna nail me to the cross for crimes against time travel. Fkt. I shake with shot nerves. Next time i'll make a fuss and have them rat-a-tat me. C'est la vie. It would be an interesting death. Shall i do it again??? Look at me i'm blowing up. Ka-blu-ee. Kilroy was here. I'm a ghost of my former self. Dint even know i'm honor roll of stl sax players.
    It's an honor just to be in the same space as dave stone!!!

    Life can fuk u up. Morgellons can fuk u up more than life.

    I'm fukt fuckt. When i get to hell. I'll be workin as charon. Comin or goin?? Never know. Keep goin'

  2. im much better now. lyme disease can mess u up the most.

  3. Still i think how traumatic that was. I believe the pigs were all amped up over the boston marathon bombing and i stumbled into some hideous feedback loop upon which my commentary upon observations became justified cause fir them. I admit i now am far more dangerous now and forever than then.

  4. Lol.

    That shit really messed me up.

    Am fine. Down and out just about right.

    Hide out in small town rural missouri.

    Smashed my right wrist arm slipped on ice went down hard shattered. Two operations. Awful cant quite bend index finger due to plate in wrist which i need removed.

    Dont play much sax or woodwinds. Ipad is primary inst. Check it out.

    Ah shoot Https:// Https:// Https://!/@jazzresin

    Whatever i try.

    Life long multi-instrumental musician composer whom currently is a recording artist producing a type of music called electroglyph, spontaneous compositions geared towards the information communicated from song title and cover art selected or composed by the artist. William has performed with many ensembles and has utilizes his dj moniker jazzresin since 1996. He has worked many years teaching private lessons to all ages on numerous instruments. Along with a degree in music education he is degreed and board certified music therapist specializing in work with adult hospital psychiatric patients. His career as music therapist was cut short due to chronic lyme disease. He has adapted to new opportunities presented to musicians through his experiments and recordings using Apple iOs ipad technology. He is able to produce, engineer, compose, perform, mix all the while performing the logistics of being a record label, sharing social media, public relations, and working with distributors to have his music available from all major stores. His music can be described as an adventurous journey through unheard sci-fi soundtracks of a musician unafraid and capable of navigating and improvising through new sonic territory. Besides music Bill enjoys collecting and dealing fine art and antiques, had many adventures with urban archaeology and is an avid fan of progressive science fiction by authors like Phillip K. Dick, William Gibson, Thomas Pynchon, and William S.burroughs.

    There you go.

    Ummm bought a piano the other day from a church closed up due to covid19. Moved it myself. A minor miracle getting it in the house.

    Anyways. Just sayin hi. It hurts cause it matters.

    Red confetti ploom from the paper towel tubes strapped around his chest. He said he was a bum. His saxophone case had a sticker that said boom. He said he was about to blow. That sax player kills it hes the bomb. Joe houston was a bombastic saxophone player in early rock and roll a form of music called race.the atomic joe houaton had a song in which a band mate yelled blow joe blow. Then later when joe blows the whole world goes boom. when arsinio hall had bill clinton yet to be president play tenor sax on his show after the number he pointed at bill and said “he’s the bomb”

    On and on and on. Bomber bill. Yeah right. More like targeted individual due to dual citizenship with noted google nsa invasion of privacy to setting up an email you all suck it came out not long after the extent of nsa spying upon the american people.

    My own personal rabbit hole i can return to dripping falls of creve couer all the way back to 1975 in memories.

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    Om mani padme hum.
    Still like to think myself a pacifist though saline county women test me otherwise.
    Yours yers