The man who drew complaints for posting offensive signs outside of a Bethlehem, N.H. motel has died. Laconia Police reported that 39-year-old Ryan Collins died on Jan. 25. Collins was at the center of a pitched free-speech battle in Bethlehem two and a half years ago. On the weekend of July 4, 2021, Collins hung a flag outside his roadside apartment at the Pinewood Motel that read “F*** Biden. And F*** You For Voting For Him.” The motel owner attempted to remove the sign but was overruled by Bethlehem Police, who deemed it protected free speech. After someone allegedly torched the signs on July 7, Collins produced larger and more profane signs. Collins was a habitual offender with a string of felony convictions. Laconia Police did not provide information on the nature and whereabouts of Collins’ death, citing an ongoing investigation.
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