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Ricin poisoning in mail sent to US Senator. (1 Viewer)

To be fair he ran for a different office as a Democrat after losing the Congressional race.This story is possibly the funniest thing to ever happen in real life. Let's not muck it up with politics.

 
I thought there was supposed to be a bunch of outrage if the guy turned out to be an anti-immigrant GOPer.
We just went through another arrest of "the guy". Not sure I totally trust the feds at this point on these things. Where's the proof? Where is the ricin? Where are the tools he'd need to do what he did? I mean I love a good revenge story that includes an Elvis impersonator, who doesn't? But we just haven't been very good at these so far. I am letting my outrage simmer.

 
NCCommish said:
bigbottom said:
I thought there was supposed to be a bunch of outrage if the guy turned out to be an anti-immigrant GOPer.
We just went through another arrest of "the guy". Not sure I totally trust the feds at this point on these things. Where's the proof? Where is the ricin? Where are the tools he'd need to do what he did? I mean I love a good revenge story that includes an Elvis impersonator, who doesn't? But we just haven't been very good at these so far. I am letting my outrage simmer.
I'm marinading my outrage in a nice soy-lemon-chili paste combination.

 
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi

Dutschke Charged In Ricin Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 27, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. B Felicia C. Adams, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, and Daniel McMullen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Mississippi, announce:

James Everett Dutschke, age 41, of Tupelo, Mississippi, has been arrested on a Criminal Complaint charging him with knowingly developing, producing, stockpiling, transferring, acquiring, retaining and possessing a biological agent, toxin and delivery system, for use as a weapon, to wit: ricin, and with attempting, threatening and conspiring to do the same, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 175(a). If convicted on this charge, Dutschke faces maximum possible penalties of life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and 5 years of supervised release.

Dutschke is expected to appear in the United States District Court in Oxford, Mississippi, on Monday, April 29, 2013, before U. S. Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander. The arrest is based on a federal charge. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

The arrest resulted from a cooperative investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation-Mississippi and Memphis Joint Terrorism Task Forces, the United States Secret Service, the U. S. Postal Inspection Service, the U. S. Capitol Police, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi and the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, assisted by the following state and local agencies: Mississippi National Guard 47th Civil Support, Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Prentiss County Sheriff’s Office, Corinth Police Department, Tupelo Police Department and Booneville Police Department.

The public is reminded to be vigilant in alerting any suspicious letters or activity to the appropriate authorities.
 
NCCommish said:
bigbottom said:
I thought there was supposed to be a bunch of outrage if the guy turned out to be an anti-immigrant GOPer.
We just went through another arrest of "the guy". Not sure I totally trust the feds at this point on these things. Where's the proof? Where is the ricin? Where are the tools he'd need to do what he did? I mean I love a good revenge story that includes an Elvis impersonator, who doesn't? But we just haven't been very good at these so far. I am letting my outrage simmer.
I'm marinading my outrage in a nice soy-lemon-chili paste combination.
That's going to be some tasty outrage.

 
FBI says tests link deadly ricin to Miss. suspect
Donna Leinwand Leger and Michael Winter, USA TODAY12:09 a.m. EDT May 1, 2013

Dust masks, other items found in trash at suspect's home and near martial arts studio contained deadly poison.

A dust mask and other items linked to a Mississippi martial arts instructor contained ricin, a deadly poison found in letters sent to President Obama, a U.S. senator and a state judge, according to an FBI document released Tuesday.

Lab tests found traces of ricin, a deadly poison made from castor beans, on several items federal agents seized April 22 from trash at or near the Tupelo home of Everett Dutschke, FBI Special Agent Stephen Thomason said in a sworn statement unsealed in Mississippi.

Agents found a dust mask, yellow paper and address labels in trash collected from a bin outside Dutschke's home, along with a coffee grinder, a box of latex gloves, another dust mask and an empty bucket of floor adhesive from a trash can near his former business, Thomason said in the affidavit.

Two publications describing ricin handling, storage and detection methods were downloaded onto Dutschke's computer, and agents also discovered records showing he ordered 50 red castor bean seeds on eBay on Nov. 17 and made a second purchase of 50 seeds on Dec. 1.

Dutschke allegedly paid for the seeds via PayPal. U.S. Postal Service records show the seeds were delivered to Dutschke's house on Dec. 5, the FBI agent said.

Dutschke's newly appointed public defender, George Lucas, declined comment on the sworn statement.

Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander ordered Dutschke, 41, held without bond, declaring him "a flight risk and a danger to the community."

Besides teaching martial arts, Dutschke has fronted a blues band, run unsuccessfully for public office and been indicted for child molestation. He also used to be a member of Mensa, the organization for those with high IQs.

Besides Obama, the letters were mailed to U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, a Republican from Tupelo, and an 80-year-old local judge, Sadie Holland. All of the letters were intercepted.

Dutschke is charged with knowingly developing, producing, stockpiling, transferring, acquiring, retaining and possessing a biological agent, toxin and delivery system, for use as a weapon, and with attempting, threatening and conspiring to do the same. If convicted, he could be imprisoned for life.

Police initially arrested Paul Kevin Curtis on April 17 after aides in Wicker's office told FBI agents that Curtis had sent several letters that used similar language. Federal agents searched his home, but found no evidence of Ricin, the affidavit said. A federal judge dismissed the charges against Curtis on April 23.

Curtis told investigators he suspected Dutschke may have sent the letters to frame him. Curtis and Dutschke "had a contentious personal relationship," Thomason said in the affidavit. Federal agents also interviewed a witness who said Dutschke had boasted of being able to manufacture a poison, the affidavit said.
 
If anyone ever wondered whether Mensa membership is useless and meaningless, Exhibit A.

Also, his public defender is George Lucas? Now that's a guy who has a lot of disappointed restaurant hosts.

 
Lutherman2112 said:
A dust mask and other items linked to a Mississippi martial arts instructor contained ricin, a deadly poison found in letters sent to President Obama, a U.S. senator and a state judge, according to an FBI document released Tuesday. Lab tests found traces of ricin, a deadly poison made from castor beans, on several items federal agents seized April 22 from trash at or near the Tupelo home of Everett Dutschke, FBI Special Agent Stephen Thomason said in a sworn statement unsealed in Mississippi. Agents found a dust mask, yellow paper and address labels in trash collected from a bin outside Dutschke's home, along with a coffee grinder, a box of latex gloves, another dust mask and an empty bucket of floor adhesive from a trash can near his former business, Thomason said in the affidavit. Two publications describing ricin handling, storage and detection methods were downloaded onto Dutschke's computer, and agents also discovered records showing he ordered 50 red castor bean seeds on eBay on Nov. 17 and made a second purchase of 50 seeds on Dec. 1. Dutschke allegedly paid for the seeds via PayPal. U.S. Postal Service records show the seeds were delivered to Dutschke's house on Dec. 5, the FBI agent said.
Would be great if this was all a frame job by Curtis.
 
Lutherman2112 said:
A dust mask and other items linked to a Mississippi martial arts instructor contained ricin, a deadly poison found in letters sent to President Obama, a U.S. senator and a state judge, according to an FBI document released Tuesday. Lab tests found traces of ricin, a deadly poison made from castor beans, on several items federal agents seized April 22 from trash at or near the Tupelo home of Everett Dutschke, FBI Special Agent Stephen Thomason said in a sworn statement unsealed in Mississippi. Agents found a dust mask, yellow paper and address labels in trash collected from a bin outside Dutschke's home, along with a coffee grinder, a box of latex gloves, another dust mask and an empty bucket of floor adhesive from a trash can near his former business, Thomason said in the affidavit. Two publications describing ricin handling, storage and detection methods were downloaded onto Dutschke's computer, and agents also discovered records showing he ordered 50 red castor bean seeds on eBay on Nov. 17 and made a second purchase of 50 seeds on Dec. 1. Dutschke allegedly paid for the seeds via PayPal. U.S. Postal Service records show the seeds were delivered to Dutschke's house on Dec. 5, the FBI agent said.
Would be great if this was all a frame job by Curtis.
That would be awesome. Curtis kind of going Verbal on us.

 
Miss. ricin-letters case headed to grand jury
Therese Apel, The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger4:30 p.m. EDT May 2, 2013

HOLBROOK MOHR MAY 2, 2013, 2:22 PM AP

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A dust mask that tested positive for ricin also contained DNA from a Mississippi man suspected of sending poison-laced letters to President Obama and others, an FBI agent testified Thursday.

The testimony came during a preliminary hearing for James Everett Dutschke, 41, who was arrested Saturday at his home in Tupelo and charged with making ricin, the same substance mailed on April 8 to Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and Lee County, Miss., judge Sadie Holland.

Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander ruled that there was enough probable cause to send the case to a grand jury, which are secretive. It’s not clear when one would hear evidence in this case.

Dutschke’s lawyer, George Lucas, waived a detention hearing, but reserved the right to ask for one later. That means Dutschke will remain behind bars for now.

FBI agent Stephen Thomason said on April 22, agents saw Dutschke go to his former martial arts studio in Tupelo and then throw items in a trash can down the street. One of those items was a dust mask that tested positive for ricin, he said.

Thomason said the mask had DNA from two people on it.

He said Dustchke was the “major contributor.” The agent did not say who else’s DNA was on it.

Dutschke is second person to be charged in the case. The first suspect, Elvis impersonator Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, was arrested on April 17, but the charges were dropped six days later. After his arrest, Curtis said he was framed and gave investigators Dutschke’s name as someone who could have sent the letters, according to an FBI affidavit filed in federal court.

Curtis said he knows Dutschke and they feuded over the years.

During Thursday’s hearing, Dutschke sat at the defendant’s table wearing an orange jail uniform. He scribbled notes at times and also shook his head in disagreement at some of the testimony.

No possible motive was discussed.

Much of Thomason’s testimony was from an FBI affidavit made public earlier this week, which said trace amounts of ricin was found in Dutschke’s former martial arts studio.

Thomason said Curtis used the Internet to make three purchases of castor beans, from which ricin is derived. The affidavit had said two, but Thomason said the investigation turned up another.

Lucas, Dutschke’s lawyer, said there was a way to make ricin in a way so that it isn’t deadly and repeatedly questioned the agent about tests performed on the substance in the letters.

“If it’s ricin, it’s deadly,” the agent said.

The FBI has not revealed details about how lethal the ricin was. A Senate official has said the ricin was not weaponized, meaning it wasn’t in a form that could easily enter the body. If inhaled, ricin can cause respiratory failure, among other symptoms. No antidote exists.

During the investigation, officials searched Dutschke’s home, business and minivans.

Thomason said documents from the home had printer markings similar to ones on letters sent to the officials.

Dutschke faces up to life in prison if convicted in the ricin case. He’s also facing unrelated charges of child molestation.
I can't get enough of this story. Another aspect of the case revealed today: was the ricin "weaponized"? Or was it just ground up castor beans?

Does that say something about intent?

Just spitballing while fixing dinner.

 
A dust mask and other items linked to a Mississippi martial arts instructor contained ricin, a deadly poison found in letters sent to President Obama, a U.S. senator and a state judge, according to an FBI document released Tuesday. Lab tests found traces of ricin, a deadly poison made from castor beans, on several items federal agents seized April 22 from trash at or near the Tupelo home of Everett Dutschke, FBI Special Agent Stephen Thomason said in a sworn statement unsealed in Mississippi. Agents found a dust mask, yellow paper and address labels in trash collected from a bin outside Dutschke's home, along with a coffee grinder, a box of latex gloves, another dust mask and an empty bucket of floor adhesive from a trash can near his former business, Thomason said in the affidavit. Two publications describing ricin handling, storage and detection methods were downloaded onto Dutschke's computer, and agents also discovered records showing he ordered 50 red castor bean seeds on eBay on Nov. 17 and made a second purchase of 50 seeds on Dec. 1. Dutschke allegedly paid for the seeds via PayPal. U.S. Postal Service records show the seeds were delivered to Dutschke's house on Dec. 5, the FBI agent said.
Would be great if this was all a frame job by Curtis.
Bi-polar? Bi-polar like a fox!
 
This is all so ######ed! Link :lmao:

The story behind that weird ricin plot is even weirder than previously thoughtDylan Stableford, Yahoo! News 5 hours ago
The story was weird enough: In April, the FBI arrested Kevin Curtis, a 46-year-old Elvis impersonator from Tupelo, Mississippi, suspected of mailing ricin to President Barack Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and a Mississippi judge. Authorities later determined the suspect had been set up.

But according to GQ, the story is even weirder.

In an 8,500-plus word piece entitled "The Elvis Impersonator, the Karate Instructor, a Fridge Full of Severed Heads, and the Plot 2 Kill the President," GQ's Wells Tower tried to piece together the bizarre tale. Curtis, the impersonator, briefly became household name after he was cleared by federal authorities.

It seems Curtis was already notorious in Tupelo. In 1999, he claims he accidentally uncovered “black-market organ harvesting" while working as a janitor at North Mississippi Medical Center. (In a refrigerator, Curtis says, “the first thing I saw was an arm, wrapped in plastic with a bar code, and a leg wrapped in plastic — the whole bottom portion of the refrigerator was legs, arms, feet, hands, and eyes, and a brain.”) And after refusing to keep quiet about it, Curtis says he was harassed for years.

His reputation as a conspiracy theorist led authorities to suspect he was the one who mailed ricin to Obama, Wicker and the judge, and locals — including the mayor — to declare him guilty:

But the FBI later fingered Everett Dutschke, a Tupelo tae kwon do instructor who residents described to GQ as “a mystery man,” “a snappy dresser,” “a genius,” “an idiot,” “a crusader,” “a flirt,” “a wacko,” “smart,” “a psycho,” “a pervert,” “arrogant,” “kind of hot looking,” “hairy,” “a liar,” “nice,” “a troublemaker,” and “a #####.”

And, as some in Tupelo alleged, someone apparently hell-bent on framing Curtis in the ricin plot.

But why the bitter rivalry? According to Curtis, Dutschke was "jealous" of his musical talents. According to Dutschke, Curtis was jealous of his martial arts ability. According to GQ, Dutschke worked with Curtis' ex-wife, Laura, who told the magazine she considered having an affair with him but didn't because "he's short and hairy."

And then there's this:

According to Dutschke, Curtis created Facebook accounts consisting, eerily, of photos and videos taken from Dutschke’s and his wife’s pages, including footage of his stepdaughter bathing the family pet. “He even wrote his own caption for his video, ‘Bathtime for Pogo.’ Well, he didn’t know Pogo, and he doesn’t know the girls.” Curtis says it was the other way around, that Dutschke was the one stalking him. Through the use of tracking software, Curtis claims he knew Dutschke was surveilling his Myspace site, “clicking on my page seventy-five times a day.” As usual, nobody believed him. So in May 2010, Curtis devised a trap. He baited his Myspace page with a fake Mensa certificate made out in his own name.
Within hours of posting the certificate, Curtis says, Dutschke sent him this menacing e-mail:
Kevin,

I have put up with your lies silently for a long time... But This one I cannot abide...

I am an officer in Mensa,1 Kevin, of this I am certain you are aware... what you were NOT aware of, is that we keep very good records of who IS and who is NOT a MENSA member...

There is one person named Kevin Curtis from New York and one named Paul Curtis from Kentucky... I know you are not either of them...I am giving you ONE DAY to remove your fraudulent claims from your website.

By the way Kevin, you cannot be both genius and ######ed at the same time...

Your claim of being a gigging musician is one thing. Claiming to be playing at a MontgomeryTheatre (when DL Hughley was there) and claiming to be on tour with Carrie Underwood are harmless lies that everyone simply laughs at you for...

But this claim is no laughing matter. This is a serious fraud...

One day is all you have, Kevin... just one Day...


Curtis did not remove the certificate. Dutschke followed up with an e-mail invitation to settle things man-fashion down at his dojo: “I will meet you next Tuesday at My school at 1PM & we can finish this once & for all.” Hand-to-hand showdowns, Dutschke explained later, are not uncommon among martial artists. “That’s just part of the code. This kind of thing happens all the time.”
Curtis claims he went to Dutschke’s school, and failing to find his rival there, “I posted on Myspace, ‘I drove up to Taekwondo Plus to have a meeting with Everett Dutschke and the coward had left the building.’”
According to Dutschke, it was Curtis who “never showed up.”
According to the FBI, though, authorities have mounting evidence in support of its charges against Dutschke:

Damning details include an interview with an unnamed witness who claimed to have heard Dutschke touting his poison-manufacturing know-how and his “secret knowledge” of a method for “getting rid of people in office.” There is also the report of an FBI surveillance team who claimed that they watched Dutschke cart from his dojo to a Dumpster down the street “the box for a Black and Decker Smart Grind coffee grinder," “a box containing latex gloves,” and a dust mask and drain-trap cullings that tested positive for ricin. There is also the document, recovered from Dutschke’s laptop, “Standard Operating Procedure for Ricin, which describes safe handling and storage methods for ricin.” There are also the eBay and PayPal records indicating that “Dutschke paid for fifty red castor bean seeds on or about November 17, 2012. He made a second purchase of fifty red castor bean seeds on or about December 1, 2012.” And there are the text messages, sent from Dutschke’s wife’s phone days before his arrest, with instructions to “get a fire going” because someone was “coming over to burn some things.”
If convicted, Dutschke faces a possible maximum penalty of life in prison.

“I’ve read the FBI affidavit a thousand times," Dutschke, who pleaded not guilty, told GQ, "and there’s nothing illegal in it.”
 

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