The first case is out of Texas: the case of a husband who was allegedly framed by his actress wife.  The husband of a pregnant actress, who is accused of sending poison-laced letters to President Obama and NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his associate in an attempt to frame her husband, says he is heartbroken to think his wife would do that to him.

“The way I look at it, being angry is a waste of energy,” Nathaniel Richardson told ABC News. “She has done this to herself. She has destroyed my reputation and my life but there’s a way up from this and if I sit here and focus on anger, I can’t focus on getting on with my life.”

Shannon Richardson, 35, who was found competent to stand trial, has pled not guilty.  She was recently deemed a flight-risk, but not a potential danger to society.  She is being held in custody pending her trial.  Richardson called the FBI and told them that her husband was the unknown person who sent the letters tainted with small amounts of the toxin ricin to Obama, Bloomberg, and Bloomberg’s top gun-control lobbyist.  But investigators believe Richardson was trying to frame her husband.  The actress who has played minor roles in TV Shows such as the Vampire Diaries and the Walking Dead, was charged with mailing a threatening communication and faces 10 years in federal prison if found guilty.  Richardson’s attorney told the media, “I have seen no evidence to even suggest that my client desired to hurt the president or any of the other individuals involved…”

Nathaniel Richardson, her husband, has filed for a divorce after Shannon implicated him to the FBI.  Richardson contacted authorities May 30 and implicated her husband of almost two years.

“I’m sitting there thinking I don’t even know what ricin is,” Nathaniel Richardson said. “I wasn’t even saying it right at first. I was calling it licin. Really, everything I’ve learned about it I’ve learned from [the FBI].”

Richardson also claimed that he didn’t know who Bloomberg was.  Shannon Richardson told investigators that she found small, brown beans with white speckles (castor beans is the key ingredient in ricin) at their home in Texas.  She told investigators she also found a sticky note on her husband’s desk with the addresses for Bloomberg and Obama.  In an interview with authorities several days later, Shannon allegedly admitted that she had received syringes and lye (a chemical used to make ricin) in the mail, printed labels for the letters, and mailed them.  She insisted her husband typed the letters and “made her” send them.

Nathaniel says he didn’t see any red flags and says he would’ve “blown the whistle…” if he did.

“I had theories, she wanted to get her face out there and destroy me. She wanted to be an actress. She really did…It still seems like a bad dream sometimes…” Nathaniel said.  Nathaniel was at work, according to the FBI; at the time the labels were printed.  Nathaniel told investigators that Shannon wanted to end their marriage.

Shannon has 5 children ranging in age from 4 to 19 from previous relationships and is currently pregnant with their child.

The second case is out of Mississippi.  J. Everett Dutschke is being accused of framing Paul Kevin Curtis.  Dutschke, a former Republican candidate for Mississippi’s House of Representatives is being accused of framing Curtis by mailing letters laced with the poison ricin to President Barack Obama and other officials.  The FBI originally focused their investigation on Curtis, an Elvis impersonator, due to his similar language and initials to the online writings that appeared in the letters.  After being arrested for the letters, Curtis was lambasted by the media as a conspiracy theorist and paranoid bi-polar. 

In April, federal officials dismissed the charges against Curtis citing an “ongoing investigation” that has revealed “new information.”  The investigation turned up no evidence of ricin or ricin manufacturing in Curtis’ home or any evidence of research of ricin or how to make ricin.  Curtis’ lawyer, Christi McCoy, said she believed Dutschke could have been responsible for mailing the letters.  Curtis and Dutschke don’t have a good relationship.  Both have denied sending the letters.

In an interview that aired on CNN, McCoy said that she was confident that he (Curtis) is “100% innocent” and “absolutely” being framed.  In 2007, Dutschke ran for state House as a Republican, but lost to the incumbent Democrat Steve Holland.  Dutschke also ran for Election Commissioner of Mississippi’s District Five as a Democrat in 2008, but lost that race as well.  Along with President Obama, ricin-tainted letters were sent to a local judge named Sadie Holland and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS).  Judge Holland is the mother of Steve Holland and was the only person to receive their letter (the others were intercepted at mail sorting centers).  MySpace pictures reportedly show Dutschke during his campaign with President George W. Bush, former Arkansas governor and Fox News star Mike Huckabee, and Sen. Roger Wicker, who was a target for some of the ricin letters.
In June, 2 months after releasing Curtis, Dutschke was indicted on counts including:  knowingly developing, producing, stockpiling, transferring, acquiring, retaining and possessing a biological agent, toxin and delivery system, for use as a weapon, and with attempting to do the same; one count of threatening the President of the United States by mail and others and attempting to impede the investigation.  The indictment also alleges that Dutschke mailed the letters as retaliation against a rival (Curtis), who was originally arrested.

George Lucas, is representing Dutschke for the trial.  Curtis and Dutschke had known each other for years while both worked at an insurance company owned by Curtis’ brother.  The letters contained language that Curtis had often used on his Facebook page, including the line, “I am KC and I approve this message.” The letters also contained the phrase “Missing Pieces,” the same title as an unpublished book Curtis wrote.

Authorities say that they have evidence that a dust mask found in a trash can near Dutschke’s former martial arts studio tested positive for ricin and has two people’s DNA on it, one being Dutschke’s.  Authorities also say they have evidence that Dutschke made three purchases of castor beans and researched how to make ricin.  Officials said that the ricin in the letters was not “weaponized”, but the FBI hasn’t released details on how lethal the ricin was.  Dutschke is also currently facing an accusation of child molestation, in an unrelated case.


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