Read the court papers filed against ricin suspect

The Justice Department has released the criminal complaint and affidavit supporting the arrest of Paul Kevin Curtis, the Mississippi man accused of mailing letters containing the deadly poison ricin to President Obama and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss.

Paul Kevin CurtisThe complaint is pretty boilerplate but the affidavit is interesting reading; it basically describes Curtis as a conspiracy theorist who had corresponded regularly with public officials using the same verbiage he allegedly finally placed in the poisoned letters.

Should we be relieved that this wasn’t part of some sophisticated terrorist plot, or mortified that someone who apparently is stone-cold crazy was able to cook up and mail out a deadly poison?

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Let us remember that fanatics and loonies are not necessarily stupid.

  • JohnW


    You mean like Uncle Ted Kaczynski, PhD?

  • RR senile columnist

    He did a mean Elvis act; even his detractors say that.

  • Josh Richman

    @3 Maybe they’ll mention that as a mitigating factor at his parole hearing a few decades from now.