CEO of Twin Disc Threatened; U.S. Marshals Searching for Former Employee

An employee terminated 40 years ago is still holding a grudge, and the threat is serious enough that armed security has been put in place at the company while the Marshal Service looks for the suspect.

The U.S. Marshals are looking for Nikolaus Eusch, 67, a former employee of Twin Disc in Racine, because he is deemed a credible threat to the safety of John Batten, CEO of the company.

According to police reports, Eusch was terminated from Twin Disc in 1974 and was convicted of extortion in 1981 after he sent threatening letters to the company. He was sentenced to five years probation and blocked entry to Racine County. Though the report doesn't state the reason, Eusch did serve some time in jail. After he was released, Eusch seemed to fade away.

He has since surfaced and has resumed sending threatening letters with the familiar themes of being blacklisted and wrongful discharge. Eusch demands that the Racine County District Attorney indict and prosecute "the conspirators" including freezing the assets of Twin Disc and the Batten family. But Eusch didn't stop there, sending the same or similar letters to Harley Davidson and 20 other individuals and companies.

"We know it's a serious threat," a Calaedonia police sergeant said. "But we are more acting like the eyes and ears for the Marshals at this point. It is their investigation."

The threat posed by Eusch is being taken seriously enough that, according to police reports, Batten hired armed security at the company and at his home in Caledonia.

The U.S. Marshals office was closed when Patch tried to contact them about this case.

Eusch was last known to drive an older model navy blue Jeep Grand Cherokee. If anyone has any information, they are asked to call the Caledonia police at (262) 835-4423.

Karen April 26, 2011 at 01:32 AM
So where is the threat? Sending letters demanding Twin Disc assets be frozen isn't all that "threatening".
Lisa Brennan April 26, 2011 at 01:25 PM
The JT said that he has cleared his residence and his bank accounts out a few weeks ago. Not sure likely not making the threat known but that is a long time to be angry.
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) April 26, 2011 at 01:38 PM
Since the US Marshals are lead investigators in the case, I did not post anything I couldn't yet confirm with them. I do have a call into their Milwaukee office and will update the story after I speak to them regarding the type of threat and whether or not bank accounts have, indeed, been emptied.


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