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  • Family says accused ricin mailer is mentally ill

    Family says accused ricin mailer is mentally ill

    Friday, April 19 2013 7:28 AM EDT2013-04-19 11:28:20 GMT
    The stories from family and acquaintances of a Mississippi man charged with sending ricin-laced letters to the president and other officials describe a caring father and enthusiastic musician who struggled with mental illness and pursued a conspiracy theory to its farthest reaches.Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, wrote numerous Web posts over the past several years describing the event he said "changed my life forever": the chance discovery of body parts and organs wrapped in plastic in small refrigera...
    The stories from family and acquaintances of a Mississippi man charged with sending ricin-laced letters to the president and other officials describe a caring father and enthusiastic musician who struggled with mental illness and pursued a conspiracy theory to its farthest reaches.Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, wrote numerous Web posts over the past several years describing the event he said "changed my life forever": the chance discovery of body parts and organs wrapped in plastic in small refrigera...
  • Mississippi man charged in ricin letters case described as troubled

    Mississippi man charged in ricin letters case described as troubled

    Thursday, April 18 2013 9:27 PM EDT2013-04-19 01:27:00 GMT
    A Mississippi man charged with sending ricin-laced letters to the president and other officials was described Thursday as a good father, a quiet neighbor and an entertainer who impersonated Elvis at parties. Other accounts show a man who spiraled into emotional turmoil trying to get attention for his claims of uncovering a conspiracy to sell body parts on the black market.
    A Mississippi man charged with sending ricin-laced letters to the president and other officials was described Thursday as a good father, a quiet neighbor and an entertainer who impersonated Elvis at parties. Other accounts show a man who spiraled into emotional turmoil trying to get attention for his claims of uncovering a conspiracy to sell body parts on the black market.
  • Sen. Wicker says he once hired ricin suspect as Elvis impersonator

    Sen. Wicker says he once hired ricin suspect as Elvis impersonator

    Thursday, April 18 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-04-18 20:40:41 GMT
    Sen. Roger Wicker says he once hired the man accused of mailing suspicious letters as an Elvis impersonator.
    Sen. Roger Wicker says he once hired the man accused of mailing suspicious letters as an Elvis impersonator.
  • Mississippi man arrested, accused of sending ricin letters

    Mississippi man arrested, accused of sending ricin letters

    Wednesday, April 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-04-18 03:59:53 GMT
    A Mississippi man was arrested Wednesday, accused of sending letters to President Barack Obama and a senator that tested positive for poisonous ricin and set the nation's capital on edge a day after the Boston Marathon bombings.
    A Mississippi man was arrested Wednesday, accused of sending letters to President Barack Obama and a senator that tested positive for poisonous ricin and set the nation's capital on edge a day after the Boston Marathon bombings.
  • Officials: 2nd letter to Senate tested for ricin, both from Memphis

    Officials: 2nd letter to Senate tested for ricin, both from Memphis

    Wednesday, April 17 2013 12:45 PM EDT2013-04-17 16:45:21 GMT
    Law enforcement officials say a second letter sent to the U.S. Senate has been intercepted and is being tested for poisonous ricin.
    Law enforcement officials say a second letter sent to the U.S. Senate has been intercepted and is being tested for poisonous ricin.
  • Senator: Police have suspect in ricin mailing

    Senator: Police have suspect in ricin mailing

    Wednesday, April 17 2013 7:58 AM EDT2013-04-17 11:58:09 GMT
    Unlike with the Boston Marathon bomber, police have a suspect in mind as they try to determine who mailed a letter to Sen. Roger Wicker that tested positive for poisonous ricin, a Senate colleague said. "The person that is a suspect writes a lot of letters to members," Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said Tuesday as she emerged from a classified briefing. Authorities declined to comment on a suspect or any other aspect of the investigation being led by Capitol Police and the FBI after tes...
    Unlike with the Boston Marathon bomber, police have a suspect in mind as they try to determine who mailed a letter to Sen. Roger Wicker that tested positive for poisonous ricin, a Senate colleague said.
  • Letter to Sen. Roger Wicker tests positive for ricin

    Letter to Sen. Roger Wicker tests positive for ricin

    Tuesday, April 16 2013 10:58 PM EDT2013-04-17 02:58:12 GMT
    An envelope addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi twice tested positive Tuesday for ricin, a potentially fatal poison, congressional officials said, heightening concerns about terrorism a day after a bombing killed three and left more than 170 injured at the Boston Marathon.
    An envelope addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi twice tested positive Tuesday for ricin, a potentially fatal poison, congressional officials said, heightening concerns about terrorism a day after a bombing killed three and left more than 170 injured at the Boston Marathon.
WASHINGTON -

The Defense Intelligence Agency says it is investigating the possible presence of biological toxins at the Joint Base Anacostia/Bolling in the District.

Two statements were released Tuesday by the DIA. An earlier one said mail screening equipment had alerted to the possible presence of a harmful substance, but no suspicious packages or letters were found. A short time later, the DIA sent out a statement saying experts had detected biological toxins, and measures were being taken to ensure the safety of base personnel.

Meanwhile in Tupelo, Miss., the man accused of mailing ricin-tainted letters to President Obama, Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker and a Mississippi judge was freed from jail.

Lawyers for Paul Kevin Curtis said federal agents could find no evidence against her client. An FBI agent had testified earlier that searches turned up no ricin at his home or in his vehicle.

Curtis told reporters, "I respect President Obama. I love my country and would never do anything to pose a threat to him or any other U.S. officials.”

Curtis maintains he was framed.

Federal officials were searching the Tupelo home of a second suspect. But so far, no charges have been placed.


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