Update: A man from Tupelo Tennessee, Kenneth Curtis, has been arrested in the case. He was a frequent letter writer to DC.
He is alleged to have sent them from Memphis. One of the sentences in the letter was, “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.”
You sign all your threatening mail, don’t you?
Update: Senator Flake has allegedly received a suspicious letter. The powder in the letter addressed to President Obama is ricin, law enforcement confirms.
Original Story: ABC News is reporting Wednesday morning that a second letter sent to the U.S. Senate contains a suspicious substance. The letter was addressed to President Obama. This comes one day after a letter testing positive for ricin was sent to Republican Senator Roger Wicker.
A letter was discovered at a postal facility at 3601 Pennsy Drive in Hyattsville. Hazardous materials teams could be seen and the facility is on lockdown.
The tweet sent out by ABC reporter, Terry Moran:
BREAKING: @abc has learned a SECOND letter sent to the US Senate has tested positive for the poison ricin.
— Terry Moran (@TerryMoran) April 17, 2013
Ricin has no antidote and inhaling even a small amount can be deadly.
via daily mail
- Envelope was intercepted at a post office in Maryland on Tuesday
- It was sent to Sen. Roger Wicker, a Republican from Mississippi
- Just a few salt-sized grains of ricin, which is naturally found in castor beans, can be fatal to humans
- FBI and Capitol police said they have suspect in mind
- Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, said suspect has often sent letters to members of Congress
- Incident comes the day after Boston Marathon bombings, calling back to the 2001 anthrax attacks in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 attacks