Man accused of sending fake anthrax letters to Drew Barrymore

Being a HUGE Drew fan, this is pretty scary.

(1-24) 1800 PST OAKLAND -- A Santa Cruz man infatuated with actress Drew Barrymore appeared in federal court on Tuesday on charges that he mailed letters filled with fake anthrax in an effort to win her attention, authorities said.

Paul Charles Steeves, 43, posted messages on two Web sites threatening to launch a chemical attack on Jan. 16, authorities said. He also sent letters containing white powder to the FBI in Watsonville, the U.S. probation office in Oakland and the New Bridge Foundation, a Berkeley rehabilitation center, federal prosecutors said.

Some of his missives contained references to Barrymore, whom he complained to authorities never replied to his letters. Even though Steeves never met the actress, he believed they shared "common goals," FBI Special Agent Jennifer Burnett wrote in an affidavit.

A search of Steeves' home revealed an album of Barrymore photos, sealed letters to the FBI and a two-pound bag of baking soda that was more than half empty, Burnett wrote.

- San Franciso Chronicle