Poisonous Ricin Discovered in Preliminary Tests of WH and Capitol Mail
Matt | On 17, Apr 2013
The news is completely off the hook this week and more WTF moments keep rolling in.
Reports surfaced Wednesday that a letter sent to President Obama at the White House initially tested positive for ricin, a poisonous substance. Another letter addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), and possibly containing the same substance, also made its way to Washington, D.C. Additional testing is needed to make sure it was ricin because those tests oftentimes produce false positives.
The letters to the president and Sen. Wicker said the following:
“To see a wrong and not expose it is to become a silent partner to its continuance. I am KC and I approve this message,” the perpetrator wrote.
Neither the president nor Sen. Wicker came in contact with the letter or the substance in it. The mail for the White House and Congress is received and sorted at an offsite location. From there, it is distributed as needed to the proper locations.
Investigators do not yet believe there is a link between Monday’s bombings and the ricin mailings. But, the timing is mighty odd. No suspect has been announced in the ricin mailings, though it’s believed the letters originated from Memphis, Tennessee.
What’s really going on here? First, the horrific bombings happened on Monday at the Boston Marathon. Now we are reliving the days shortly after the 2001 terrorist attacks where anthrax was sent to media outlets and two lawmakers.
The news cycle this week has been so eerie. I cannot wait for the FBI and police to catch whomever committed these awful crimes.