Feds Arrest Suspect in Ricin Mailings to Obama, Wicker

A suspect has been arrested over the mailing of letters laced with the deadly poison ricin to President Obama and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), NBC News reports:

WhitehouseThe suspect was identified as Kenneth Curtis of Tupelo, Miss., federal officials told NBC News.

Both letters carried an identical closing statement, according to an FBI bulletin obtained by NBC News on Wednesday.
According to the FBI bulletin, both letters, postmarked April 8, 2013 out of Memphis, Tenn., included an identical phrase, "to see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance."

In addition, both letters are signed: "I am KC and I approve this message."


  1. Chitown Kev says

    Yeah, I bet that the teabaggers (which is really pretty much the same thing as saying “whitefolks”) won’t call him a terrorist but this is terrorism to threaten elected federal officials.

    At least he’s equal opportunity…

  2. JONES says

    ‘I’m KC and I approved this message’

    He mails the letters from his own mailbox and SIGNS them ?

    What the hell ??

    You can’t make this sh*t up.

  3. David Hearne says

    Strepsi – You mean you had a preconceived notion of what ethnicity the person would be? Sounds rather racist. BTW- Arabs are caucasians.

  4. says

    Well, have a little intellectual honesty, Dave…(and, really, I’ve found myself actually *agreeing* with you on some occasions, shockingly…just ask LK :D)

    Strep was just saying that this fits in with the thought that a lot of us have been having here, that this was probably some fucknugget who was acting out his Patriot Day fantasies and not someone that the RWNJs would probably *like* for it to have been. I can’t, in any way, see that as “racism” when those on the other side of the aisle would be *so much more* transparent in their claims…

    (By the way, LK, I got that note done last night, somehow ^_^)

  5. mary says

    Several sites say they’ve found his FB page and the name in this article is wrong. It’s really Paul Kevin Curtis. The Ricin letters were actually signed KC. Not sure if it’s the same Kevin Curtis but the guy on Facebook had on his page the same phrase found in the letter but it has been erased since. Also this guy has a picture where he’s smiling in front of a bumper sticker that says Christian and Democrat. So if this is the right guy, maybe not a tea party guy.


  6. David Hearne says

    Cody, I have made statements implying that I believe the Boston bomber to be Islamic. I made no prediction about the ricin mailings. I am a firm believer in the philosophy of Dr. House: Two conditions are not necessarily related.

    There is no obvious relationship between the two major events. THe threats to government officials treading on the civil rights of Americans cannot reasonably be considered as related to a bombing which did not target specific people or even specific nationals.

  7. says

    Exactly: it would be absolutely pointless to make a prescription at the moment. I guess I’m going to go all cynical again (and this is why LK and I get under each others’ skins, because I’ll call anyone out these days ^_^) and just say that however this all turns out, I’m not going to be surprised in the slightest.

  8. David Hearne says

    It’s a shame if this guy really did this in response to his belief that the Obama would trample the Second Amendment since that is pretty much dead in the water.

  9. Artie_in_Lauderdale says

    Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi is one of the Republican senators who recently voted to end the Republican filibuster of the background-check gun law (although the bill failed anyway). This Kenneth Curtis character is typical Tea Party scum. Sending poison-laced letters is a very common method of operation for right-wing asswipes. And just for extra fun, he’s from Tupelo, Mississipi, which is the headquarters of Bryan Fischer’s American Family Association. Would these ignorant crackers please, please crawl back under their rock?

  10. Rick says

    “Would these ignorant crackers please, please crawl back under their rock?”

    Comments like these are why you see so little outpouring of sympathy for Boston outside of the Northeast, itself. Why should people in the rest of the country feel any sympathy for people who snear at them and have contempt for them?

    And many people in the Heartland think privately to themselves, how poetically just it will turn out to be if a dark-skinned illegal alien maimed a bunch of snotty East Coast liberals who are the principal advocates for coddling illegal immigrants and promoting the myth of “multi-cultural” harmony.

    And who honestly can blame them?

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