Officials: Arrest made tied to ricin scare
April 17th, 2013
10:29 PM ET

Officials: Arrest made tied to ricin scare

An arrest has been made in connection with possibly contaminated letters sent to President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, the Department of Justice said Wednesday.

Paul Kevin Curtis was arrested by the FBI at his home in Corinth, Mississippi, the department said in a statement.

Discovered Tuesday, the letters were addressed to Wicker, a Mississippi Republican, and to Obama. The justice department release said a third letter was sent to a Mississippi justice official.

The letters to Wicker and Obama were stopped at a government mail-screening facility after initial tests indicated the presence of the deadly poison ricin.

Because initial tests can be "inconsistent," the envelopes have been sent off for additional tests, an FBI statement said. The FBI does not expect to receive results from the tests until Thursday, federal law enforcement sources told CNN.

The letters read: "To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance."

They were signed "I am KC and I approve this message," a source said.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Jiao

    And yet it's fine for Max? Oh, ok, Tina B?
    It is a bipartisan lunatic. Members of both parties were the intended recipients. Get real.

    April 17, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pete

    Just some psycho with some extra ricin just layin around..And maybe he'll give us another clue to his puzzle because he's definitly not of this earth just ask his psychologist who's got him medicated as well!!

    April 17, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. vikingwoman

    What wrong did he "expose" w/these letters? Seems he just perpetuated more wrong! To bad Reagan closed down facilities for people like this!!

    April 17, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pete

    Well does he get the rubber room treatment with his fans sending him love notes all the time or what like Charles Manson.If it were me I'd give him the firing squad to send a message including the NRA publicly that we as a country mean business and if you screw with anyone near Capital Hill,WH you're gonna get burned plain and simple ..And for added entertainment I'd put it on tv as well to show people we're not BSing either!!

    April 18, 2013 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Maybe he was sick and tired of the political do nothing att i tude of our elected officials these days.

    April 18, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    A disturbed person indeed. There are other ways to show your discontent. Use your vote, stand up and make your voice heard. Ricin could get you to the gallows.

    April 18, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |