Kevin Curtis, Photo: Facebook
Yesterday, a letter laced with the deadly toxin ricin was sent to Republican Senator Wicker:
A suspicious letter potentially laced with a poison, ricin, and postmarked from Memphis, was sent to the office of Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, ABC News has learned.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told ABC News that Capitol offices were on high alert.
The FBI was investigating the incident, officials said.
Sources confirmed the letter was sent to Wicker, R-Miss., but did not arrive at his office on Capitol Hill. It was stopped at a mail processing facility, where, officials said, a preliminary test for ricin came back positive.
Read more at ABC News
Today, more suspicious letters were found, including one addressed to the president:
The FBI has confirmed that a letter addressed to President Obama has “preliminarily tested positive” for ricin, a day after lawmakers said another letter sent to the Capitol Hill office of Sen. Roger Wicker tested positive for the same substance.
The warnings come amid a flurry of reports on suspicious packages. Fox News has learned of several suspicious packages or envelopes in various Capitol Hill office buildings. Capitol Police say three packages that were flagged have been removed and the areas have been cleared.
Separately, the office of Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., reported a “suspicious-looking letter” at one of the senator’s Michigan offices; and a spokesman for Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., reported a “suspicious letter” was intercepted at Flake’s Phoenix office.Â Authorities were also called to the Dallas office of Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, over what was described only as “a piece of mail” — but field tests later came back negative.
[…] Â The bulletin said both letters included the phrase: “To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance.”
Both were signed, “I am KC and I approve this message.”
Read more at Fox News
This afternoon, a suspect was finally arrested, and he sounds like a very disturbed individual who should have been locked up a long time ago:
Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, of Tupelo, Miss., has been arrested in connection with ricin letters that were sent to both Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and President Barack Obama,â€Â The New York Times reports. Initial reports listed the suspect as â€œKenneth Curtis,â€ however, the Times updated its report with the corrected name.
[…] Â Â A few hours before federal officials announced the arrest, TheBlaze wasÂ contacted by bloggers at Lady Liberty 1885Â who had noticed some key similarities between a â€œKevin Curtisâ€ from Tupelo, Miss. and the person suspected of sending the ricin letters.
Among several other similarities, Kevin Curtis used the phraseÂ â€œThis is KC and I approve this messageâ€Â in a previous Facebook post â€” the same exact phrase included in the ricin-laced letters.
Additionally, the person who sent the ricin letters used this particular quote from Dr. John Raymond Baker to make his point: â€œTo see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance.â€ Kevin Curtis uses the same quote in theÂ â€œAboutâ€ section of his Facebook page.
The same individual lists an address inÂ Tupelo, Miss.Â â€” the city authorities say the suspect currently resides. The last message posted on Curtisâ€™Â Facebook pageÂ was roughly two hours before his arrest was reported.
Kevin Curtis describes himself as a Christian, but not a â€œbench warming church going judgmental hypocrite.â€ Under political views he lists himself as an â€œIndependent.â€ A call made to the phone number provided on his Facebook page went unanswered. Â […]
The Clarion-Ledger reports that Curtis has a criminal history and mental issues.
â€œIf itâ€™s Kevin Curtis, weâ€™ve had him in our jail about 4 times, mostly misdemeanors like simple assault. But in 2008 for telephone harassment and stalking,â€Â Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar said. â€œI think he has some very serious psychological issues from my dealings with him. In the past I had read some of his Facebook postings and it was very far out there. Heâ€™ll get down on you and bash you with everything heâ€™s got, even making up stuff, and Iâ€™ve seen that side of him.â€
Read more at The Blaze
Once again, it would seem that mental illness is the core issue that needs to be addressed in the prevention of terror-like attacks.
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