Mississippi Man Arrested By Federal Agents For Ricin Scare (VIDEO)

Federal agents told NBC News they’ve arrested Paul Kevin Curtis for mailing letters to President Barack Obama and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) that tested positive for containing ricin. Curtis was arrested at his home in Corinth, MS, at 4:15 CT, and may go to trial as soon as Wednesday. According to an FBI bulletin, the letters to Obama and Wicker both included the phrase, “to see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance.” Both were signed, “I am KC and I approve this message.”


CNN reports that last week Lee County Court Justice Judge Sadie Holland, of Mississippi, also received an envelope containing a suspicious substance and a letter with similar wording. In the news footage, CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash also mentions a couple of interesting bits of information:

  • Curtis lives in the same area as his would-be victim, Senator Wicker’s home town;
  • Wicker’s colleague, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) told reporters earlier that the prime suspect was a man from Mississippi who had been “harrassing” Wicker;
  • The FBI nabbed the man based on information from Washington DC police;
  • No mail will be delivered on Capitol Hill “until at least Monday;”
  • Capitol HIll was on lock-down for several hours, because someone was “walking around […] to the front offices handing out sealed envelopes;”
  • Although a similar anthrax scare occurred after the September 11th bombings, officials do not believe there is a connection between the ricin letters and the Boston Marathon explosions;
  • Bash revealed that during the post-9/11 anthrax scare most of Capitol Hill’s denizens — including Bash — were taking Cipro and other antibiotics … just in case; AND
  • According to a more recent report from CNN, Curtis is an Elvis impersonator.

If you ever receive a letter containing ricin, you definitely wouldn’t want to take a deep breath or get a paper cut while opening the envelope. According to Wikipedia, Ricin is a highly toxic poison from the castor oil plant. If you eat, inhale, or get the stuff into your blood stream, you will likely die a slow, painful death over the course of three to five days. And if you survive, you will likely suffer from long-term organ damage. On top of that, it only takes 1.78 mg — the equivalent of a few grains of salt — to kill an adult human being. An antidote is being developed by the U.S. military, but only limited testing has been done on humans (for obvious reasons).

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