Authorities have arrested a man in connection with the April 8 mailing of ricin poison laced packages to both US President Barack Obama and US Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi. The suspect is identified as Paul Kevin Curtis of Tupelo, MS.
Both letters were mailed from Memphis, Tennessee. Both letters contained the words, “To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance” and, “I am KC and I approve this message”. Both letters tested positive for Ricin poison.
Ricin is an extremely lethal poison, one with no antidote. It usually kills within the first 36 hours. Lethal doses can be taken by breathing it or touching it.
It is unclear at this time what connection Curtis saw between Senator Wicker, a Republican who does not support firearm regulation, and President Obama, a Democrat who supports firearm regulation. At the time of the mailings, firearm regulation was the top issue in Washington.
Curtis was arrested at his home in Corinth, Mississippi.
Other Congressman have reported receiving suspicious packages, including Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.