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FBI: Vaccine saboteur believes earth is flat, sky is not real

A Grafton pharmacist who investigators said intentionally tried to sabotage a box of COVID-19 vaccine by leaving it out of the refrigerator for two days told coworkers he believes the Earth is flat and the sky is not real.

"Rather it is a shield put up by the Government to prevent individuals from seeing God," an FBI document obtained by the WISN 12 News Investigative Unit revealed.

"Brandenburg has explained to (the coworker) that he does not believe the coronavirus is real, and he thinks the vaccine is going to harm people," Schloemer wrote of the coworker's account to AAHS investigators. "Brandenburg thinks that the vaccine is 'microchipped' and will turn off people's birth control and make others infertile."

The coworker, the document added, said Brandenburg made her uncomfortable about reporting her suspicions when he waited for her outside the only exit to the cubicle in which she worked.

"If I lose this job, I lose my kids," the coworker recalled, according to the document, fearing Brandenburg may become "desperate" or "unhinged."

When the coworker was interviewed by FBI agents and members of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigation, she shared specifics of the various conspiracy theories she said Brandenburg would share to anyone who would listen.

She said Brandenburg sent text message which included, "the earth is flat; the sky is not real, rather it is a shield put up by the Government to prevent individuals from seeing God; and Judgement Day is coming."

She also said "Brandenburg showed her a gun at work, which he kept in his bag. Brandenburg stated it was a '.45' and (he) kept it in case the military came to take him away."

The coworker told investigators "she believed Brandenburg carried a concealed handgun on his person at work because the clothes he was wearing 'bulged out.'"