Another suspect arrested in ricin letters case
Did the FBI get it right this time?
J. Everett Dutschke, 41 years old, of Tupelo, Miss., was charged with possessing a toxin for use as a weapon, among other charges, the U.S. attorney's office said. He is scheduled to appear in federal court in Oxford, Miss. on Monday.
Mr. Dutschke was taken into custody without incident, according to an FBI spokeswoman. The arrest follows a tumultuous week in which the man initially charged with sending the letters, Paul Kevin Curtis, a 45 year-old Elvis impersonator who had quarreled with Mr. Dutschke, was released after evidence and testimony in federal court led investigators to focus on Mr. Dutschke.
Mr. Dutschke, a martial-arts instructor, rock musician and failed political candidate, allowed FBI agents to search his home and his business this week. His attorney, Lori Nail Basham, said earlier this week that he was cooperating fully. Later in the week, investigators searched places that Mr. Dutschke recently visited.
Neither Mr. Dutschke nor Ms. Basham could be reached to comment Saturday.
This recipe suggests that just about anyone can make ricin, although handling it without killing yourself appears to be a challenge. Dutschke went to great lengths to try and frame Curtis, while he wasn't bright enough to avoid leaving a trail that any competent law enforcement agency could follow. Given that the suspect is facing charges of fondling a 7 year old girl, perhaps he felt he had nothing to lose and decided to try and settle the score with Curtis.
He's lucky to be alive.