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Ricin Letters Update: Another Frame Up; Actress Shannon Guess Arrested in TX

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Last time it was a one time Wayne Newton impersonator framing an Elvis impersonator, now we have a cat woman costume loving actress framing her former military husband. We thought the message in the letter was a bit ‘over the top’.


Via Daily News:

Rogers Guess, who’s appeared on ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Vampire Diaries,’ had last week told authorities that her husband, army veteran Nathan Richardson, was behind the letters. But now authorities have arrested the mother of five for allegedly sending the poison-laced letters herself.

Gee, go figure!

The couple, reportedly expecting their first child in October, had been in the process of getting a divorce, which may have been a factor in Rogers Guess’ initial accusation against her husband.

John Delk, a lawyer for Nathan Richardson, told The Associated Press Thursday that Richardson may have been set up by his wife, in retribution for the pending split.

“There are a lot of factors I’m aware of that indicate (Nathaniel Richardson) was set up in this deal by her,” Delk said. Continue reading

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Ricin Letters Update: Dutschke Enters Plea

James Dutschke has waived his hearing and has entered a not guilty plea:

OXFORD – The Tupelo man accused in a scheme to send poisoned letters to public officials pleaded not guilty Wednesday through court documents.

This way, J. Everett Dutschke avoided a scheduled federal court appearance in Oxford today to enter this plea before Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander.

Dutschke, 41, stands indicted on five counts that he made the poison, ricin and used the mail to send it as a weapon to threaten President Barack Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Tupelo and Lee County Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland.

When he signed the hearing waiver, he drew a “smiley face” beside his signature as he’s done on numerous other court documents.

Read more:Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal – Dutschke waives hearing enters not guilty plea Continue reading

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Ricin Letters Update: Dutschke Indicted On 5 Counts

We have an update on the Ricin letter case originating out of Tupelo. James Dutschke has been indicted by a Grand Jury on 5 counts and plans to plead not guilty.

Clarion Ledger:

James Everett Dutschke, 41, has been charged in a five-count indictment returned by the Northern District grand jury on one count of 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; two counts of threatening others by mail; and one count of falsifying, concealing and covering up by trick, scheme and fraudulent device, material facts, to impede the investigation of threatening letters containing ricin, in an effort to make it appear that someone else had sent the threatening letters, according to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

Also, another arrest might be coming:

Authorities said that a dust mask Dutschke removed from his former martial arts studio and dumped in a nearby trash can tested positive for ricin and the DNA of two people, including Dutschke. Authorities haven’t said who else’s DNA was on the mask, but an FBI agent testified during a preliminary hearing that most of the genetic material on it belonged to Dutschke.

We’ve reached out to Kevin Curtis and have opened up a dialogue with him, asking for comment and his side of the story.

Prior Related Articles:

Ricin Letters Update: Dutschke Evaded the FBI
Ricin Letters Update: Dutschke Hearing Today
RICIN UPDATE: Affidavit released: Evidence of Ricin Confirmed
It Was Elementary Mr. Curtis
Ricin Letters Update: FBI Arrests James Everett Dutschke
Ricin Letters Update: FBI Searches Dutschke Studio; Update-Second Location
Elvis Has Left The Building…
Paul Kevin Curtis and The Ricin Letters Continue reading

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#Ricin Letters Update: Person of Interest Named

We’ve been following the latest batch of Ricin letters sent to various officials and this morning a person of interest has been named. The previous letters took various twists and turns ala a Lifetime Movie of the week style and we’ve theorized the message in the current set of letters could be seen as a little over the top. While the last batch had an Elvis impersonator framed by a Wayne Newton impersonator, this one has an army vet and actress wife in a bat girl outfit:

Nathaniel Richardson of New Boston, Texas is now being looked at and his residence searched after his wife Shannon Guess, who IBD times is incorrectly reporting as Shannon Glass, contacted authorities Richardson is an army veteran based out of the Red River army depot. No arrest has been made yet.

Texarkana Gazette lays out a timeline. Here are the most recent key points:

Shannon Rogers Guess Richardson called law enforcement after finding the substance, suspected of being ricin. The couple’s home is in New Boston, about 25 miles west of Texarkana.

Updated 11:43 a.m. Federal officials have arrived at the home and asked the media to move back to make way for equipment. FBI and postal inspector officials are outside the home.

Updated 12:35 p.m. Shannon Richardson has been escorted into the Federal Courthouse in downtown Texarkana in the company of several FBI agent. Meanwhile in New Boston, the FBI’s hazardous materials response team has arrived at the Richardsons’ home.

Updated 1:15 p.m. Black trucks and enclosed trailers, along with additional FBI officials, are arriving at the Richardsons’ home on Maple Street in New Boston.

Heavy.com has some more details on Richardson and his wife.

More updates to come. Continue reading

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More Ricin Letters Surface – Thoughts On The Quote.

Earlier today, we posted the news regarding more Ricin letters being sent to various officials including the President. We covered lingering pieces of the original case originating out of the quotes used, but didn’t address the new quotes in the new letters.

According to USA Today:

“You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my constitutional God-given right and I will exercise that right till the day I die.”

Given the required attention to detail and steps necessary to produce Ricin, the statement in this letter doesn’t seem to quite fit. Sure, this is clearly not someone thinking clearly to do it in the first place, but the grammar is crappy and the statement itself is over the top. It’s clearly meant to be taken as being from a gun owning “nut”.

Also, it was mailed from Shreveport. Why send it to Bloomberg’s group and not to Mayor Glover of Shreveport who has signed up as part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns?
Our gut instinct: It just feels manufactured.
Democrats and Liberals are wasting no time seizing on these letters to redirect news stories back to gun control and away from the scandals plaguing the White House. Their language is exactly what we think the wording of this letter was meant to portray – “gun nuts”:

[youtube=http://youtu.be/ZoNNHzRasmc] Continue reading

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More Ricin Letters Surface

It seems more Ricin letters have been sent to public officials including one to Mayor Bloomberg, one to Bloomberg’s group Mayors Against Illegal Guns and a third letter to President Obama.

USA Today, emphasis added:

The letter to Obama was discovered Wednesday. The other letters, postmarked May 20 in Shreveport, La., were opened in New York on Friday at the city’s mail facility in Manhattan and in Washington on Sunday at an office of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

What a coincidence that Shreveport is only about an hour drive from Longview, Texas. Longview being the location where Dr. John Raymond Baker, author of the quote used by James Dutchske to frame Kevin Curtis, has his chiropractic practice. In fact, Dr. Baker services Shreveport according to his own site:

Hurt in a wreck or on the job ? In a day when many doctors NO LONGER accept Work Comp and Auto Accident victims as patients, we continue to do so. We are located in Longview, but we will accept patients from Nacogdoches, Tyler, Texarkana, Shreveport, Nachitoches, Whitehouse, White Oak, Hawkins, Hallsville, Marshall, Kilgore, Lindale, Mineola, Lufkin, Big Sandy, Mount Pleasant, Paris, Sulfur Springs, and more.

We’re not suggesting the good doctor has done anything wrong. We’re just noting the coincidence. The Ricin letters coming out of Tupelo has been the weirdest story – frame ups, the works. We’ve also been digging around a bit on Baker out of curiosity since we broke the initial story and this seemed like a good point to drop some of what we found.

Baker’s quote has other fans than Kevin Curtis. For example, the Julian Art Assange Tumbler. Not surprising given his Facebook page is littered with groups like Anonymous, MoveOn.org and Occupy groups all over the US — including New Orleans in neighboring Louisiana. Then again he also is a liker of Admirers of Bernie Sanders and Dogs for Barrack. He is also into martial arts — much like Curtis and Dutschke.

Dr. Baker has an extensive online presence with multiple websites, most of which have redundant information. These are just a few: Continue reading

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Ricin Letters Update: Dutschke Evaded the FBI

More information became public on May 17th regarding the case against Ricin letter suspect James Everett Dutschke. According to documents filed in District Court, the records of three cell phones that belong to Dutschke and his wife are being looked into. It appears this is in response to the evasive actions taken by Dutschke between April 24 and April 25 to elude the FBI prior to his arrest on April 27.

In the early hours of the 24th while under surveillance, the FBI observed Dutschke and his wife visiting two separate banks withdrawing cash from both at 3:30 am. Upon returning to their residence, Dutschke got out of his van and waved to the agents. However, while the agents moved their vehicles to reposition them, Dutschke had jumped back into his van and left the scene. His movements and actions were unaccounted for the next 12 hours. The van was later found at Dutschke’s martial arts studio later the next afternoon.

Approximately at 8:00pm on the 24th, Dutschke was observed getting into the truck owned by Kirk Kitchens – a friend of Dutschke’s. Dutschke crouched in the back seat and, according to WTVA and the Djournal, he then covered himself with blankets. Kitchens then drove around for two hours taking “evasive routes”, according to court records. The pair drove only 22 miles outside of Tupelo to Kitchens parent’s home near Mantachie. Agents state that they never saw Dutschke leave that home. However, according to the Djournal, “Kitchens helped him slip out the back door, through the woods and to a rendezvous point where someone else picked him up.” His movements until later in the afternoon have yet to be accounted for.

Records indicate that James Dutschke was located in Ashland, Mississippi at 1:45 pm on April 25, some 70 miles away. It is not known at the present time who drove him to this location. When Kirk Kitchens was asked about the incident he said, “I just helped him get out of the spotlight,” – Source DJournal.

Where was Dutschke during this unaccounted for time? Who was the mystery person that he met in the woods? Could this be the connection to the two sets of DNA that were found on the dust mask? Updates will be posted as they come in. Continue reading

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