Cops Arrest Suspect in Mailing of Ricin Letters
Paul Kevin Curtis of Tupelo, Mississippi, in custody
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2013 6:59 PM CDT
A Prince George's County firefighter dressed in a protective suit walks out of a government mail-screening facility in Hyattsville, Md., Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – Federal authorities have arrested a man identified as Paul Kevin Curtis of Tupelo, Mississippi, in the mailing of letters laced with toxin to President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, reports the Clarion-Ledger. Not much is known about the suspect at this point, though both letters were signed, "I am KC and I approve this message." Each also contained the message, "to see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance."

The letters were flagged at mail-sorting facilities before reaching their intended targets. Initial tests turned up positive for the poison ricin, but NBC News reports that it's still not clear just how potent the letters were. Further tests are under way. The letters were postmarked on April 8. CBS News says there were three in all, one to Wicker, one to Obama, and one to a Mississippi justice official. (Claire McCaskill had previously said that a suspect identified in the case was known to be a prolific letter-writer to lawmakers.)

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Apr 18, 2013 10:10 PM CDT
"To see a cornhole and ram it, is to become a not-so-silent partner to its gay prison rape." i am i.q. and i approve this message.
Apr 17, 2013 9:19 PM CDT
"I am KC and I approve this message." Hummm.....Sounds like someone in a "certain" organization is trying to fool us by leaving the F out of KFC.
Apr 17, 2013 9:02 PM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD ...... I do believe he wanted to deliver a message, and he thought nobody was reading his letters .. and .. he went to extremes .. to get some attention .. by mailing them toxic Ricin. I do believe, 'somebody' will listen to him now, don't you think? ----------------------------------- REALLY