April 18th, 2013
05:37 PM ET

FBI confirms ricin in D.C. letters

The FBI said Thursday it confirmed the presence of the deadly poison ricin in letters sent to a U.S. senator and President Barack Obama. A suspect has been arrested in the case.

That suspect appeared Thursday in federal court in Oxford Mississippi.

During a four-minute hearing, Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander ordered Paul Kevin Curtis - who appeared in court with attorney Christi McCoy - to remain in custody until a grand jury issues an expected indictment and a preliminary and detention hearing on April 29.

Earlier Thursday, the 45-year-old resident of Corinth, Mississippi, was charged with sending a threat to the president.

A criminal complaint charged Curtis with "knowingly depositing for conveyance in the mail and for delivery from any post office any letter, paper, writing or document containing threats to take the life of or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States."

The federal complaint further charges him with sending "communications addressed to other persons, and containing a threat to injure the person of others."


Filed under: Crime • FBI • Justice
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Jim

    Yes he might have had access to a gun, or a car, or a bomb or Ricin..... Duuuhhhh!

    April 18, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Big Shiz

    Last year ricin killed 0 people in the us,but guns killed over 20,000. Universal background checks is not going to result in guns being banned.

    April 18, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BudW

    Cnn no mention the guy is a democrat, up until the arrest all the left media were saying a right wing tea party type now silence hummmmmm try fair and balanced and you rating will go up

    April 19, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Good and bad in every party. And lunatics are not party afiliated.

    April 19, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 20, 2013 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Pete

    Why not give this ricin to this Elvis guy and see how he rocks right to his grave and make it public with a live feed on tv so anyone in the future will know what'll be done to them if they try it thats all!!It'll change peoples minds if some have any seeing this guy go to a painful death!!

    April 20, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Lol good idea @ Pete.

    April 20, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Connor Singerline

    This is crazy! Cannot believe we are dealing with this problem again. First it was the anthrax letters a few years back an now ricin. Hopefully we will be able to track down the cause of this problem as soon as possible.

    – Connor Singerline

    April 21, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |