Mystery turns to farce in ricin investigation

The poisoned letters sent to three US politicians, including Barack Obama, have uncovered a bizarre tale of a small-town feud, writes Niall Stanage in Washington DC.

27th April, 2013
Paul Kevin Curtis, an Elvis impersonator, was initially suspected of being behind the ricin attacks, but now appears to have been exonerated. Photo: AP

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, another, stranger story that initially seemed to touch on national security unspooled in the United States last week.

Panic in the days after the Boston attack deepened when poisoned letters were sent to President Barack Obama, a Republican senator from Mississippi named Roger Wicker and, somewhat incongruously, an 80-year-old county judge, also in Mississippi, named Sadie Holland.

The letters apparently contained ricin, a substance that is extracted...

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