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Poisoned Letters and Death Threat Sent to Obama and Bloomberg

Friday, May 31st, 2013

A  third letter stating a death threat and possibly containing ricin poison was intended for President Barack Obama and bore the same postmark as two similar letters sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg last Friday and this Sunday. Both the president and the mayor favor stiff gun control laws.

The anonymous letters to Bloomberg were opened in New York on Friday at the city’s mail facility in Manhattan and on Sunday at the Washington office of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group that Bloomberg founded.

The letters bore the postmark of Shreveport, Louisiana, according to CBS.

Secret Service director Edwin Donovan said, “The White House mail screening facility intercepted a letter addressed to the White House that was similar to letters previously addressed to Mayor Bloomberg in New York.

“This letter has been turned over to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force for testing and investigation.”

At least one of the letters to Bloomberg stated, “You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my constitutional, God-given right and I will exercise that right till the day I die. What’s in this letter is nothing compared to what I’ve got planned for you.”

Mayor Bloomberg said that one of the letters “obviously referred to our anti-gun efforts, but there’s 12,000 people that are going to get killed this year with guns and 19,000 that are going to commit suicide with guns, and we’re not going to walk away from those efforts.”

The people who opened the letters were not harmed by the poison, but three police officers who examined the letter to Bloomberg felt minor symptoms. Ricin is a poison that is easily produced because it can be found naturally in castor beans.

If ingested, it can cause  breathing difficulties, vomiting, internal bleeding and liver and kidney failure, leading to death.

Elvis Impersonator Not the Poison Pen Pal

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Everyone’s favorite bad guy – because in his charming Elvis impersonator way he was not scary and was, without any doubt, a lone actor – is no longer in custody.  Because, it appears, he was framed.

Paul Kevin Curtis, the man arrested on April 17 for sending ricin-laced letters to U.S. President Barack Obama, Senator Roger Wicker (R-MISS) and a Mississippi state judge, was released from custody on Tuesday, April 23.

Late Tuesday afternoon it was announced by U.S. Attorney Felicia Adams that the charges against Curtis were dropped, citing “new information” that has been uncovered.

On Monday, authorities had reported that no ricin residue was found in either Curtis’ home or car, nor did they find any searches on his computer for how to make the poison, or any tools in his home that could have been used in making it.

Curtis, an Elvis impersonator from Corinth, Mississippi, was arrested last week and charged with sending a threat to the president, after letters containing the poison triggered security scares around Washington.

According to the attorney for Curtis, the letters used phrases Curtis uses on social media.  The letters ended with the phrase, “I am KC and I approve this message,” according to CNN.

In a rambling speech captured on video, Curtis described his desire to return to “normal life,” after his incarceration.  The speech included hopes for the rekindling of his stalled music career, mentions of his favorite charities and the fact that he wants to “slow down and end abortions.”   He also mentioned that when he was first approached by the authorities and they mentioned “ricin,” he thought they said “rice,” and he told them he doesn’t eat it.

“I respect President Obama and love my country. I would never do anything to pose a threat to him or any other U.S. official,” Paul Kevin Curtis said during Tuesday’s news conference.

After Curtis was released, authorities searched the home of another Mississippi man, J. Everett Dutschke.  Dutschke and Curtis have apparently been involved in an ongoing feud for years.

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