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Mississippi man arrested in connection with ricin-tainted letters!/CatherineQ/status/324667957496143872

Several reputable news outlets (and CNN) are reporting tonight that an arrest has been made in connection with ricin-tainted letters mailed to Washington, D.C. Thanks to CNN’s performance earlier today, plenty are hesitant to believe the news, but we do have a name in the case: Kenneth Curtis of Tupelo, Miss. Curtis is being called a “frequent letter writer” to the Capitol.

Officials: Arrest made in #ricin letter investigation.

— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) April 17, 2013

Are we sure about this one? “@nytimes: Breaking News: Suspect Arrested in Washington Ricin Letters

— Jon Diggs (@digger3210) April 17, 2013

[email protected]cnnbrk is claiming that an arrest has been made in the #ricin letters. Anyone wanna take bets on whether it really happened this time?

— Cleon (@Cleon) April 17, 2013

Are you sure?or would you like to phone a friend?RT @cnnbrk: Officials: Arrest made in #ricin letter investigation.

— Tarryn Steyn (@TarrynNSteyn) April 17, 2013

MSM: Arrest made in ricin-letter case. We think. Pretty sure. Don’t hold us to it. But we’re sticking to the story. Maybe.

— Richard Moore (@rich1moore) April 17, 2013

After this morning, I don’t know if this is true. RT @cnnbrk: Officials: Arrest made in #ricin letter investigation.

— Andy Fortson (@andyfortson) April 17, 2013

The first letter detected was addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and signed “K.C.”

Roger Wicker is from Tupelo

— Peter Hamby (@PeterHambyCNN) April 17, 2013

Hint: if you’re going to send ricin to someone in a letter, don’t send it to your home state representative nor send with your own initials

— Darron Meares (@SCBidCaller) April 17, 2013

The ricin letters, allegedly written by Kenneth Curtis of Tupelo, Mississippi, were signed “I am KC and I approve this message.” #fb

— Guadalupe Villarreal (@jaggerz222) April 17, 2013

Smart enough to make ricin, stupid enough to sign using his actual initials?…

— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) April 17, 2013

We’re learning more about the suspect (and Mississippi) from Twitter, though these amateur reports have yet to be confirmed.

Christian nut job made a strong case against gun control by voicing his concerns via ricin. So, so many dumb as nails paranoid hicks in US

— Ryan (@TrenchtownTweet) April 17, 2013

Must be a red neck “@msnbc: BREAKING: Suspect in ricin mailings identified as Kenneth Curtis of Tupelo, Mississippi, reports @nbcnews

— Sheri SHABBA. (@iLoveMyLife3223) April 17, 2013

Why am I not surprised that the envelope with Ricin is from Mississippi..Redneck Racist!!!’

— Mary Ann Salinovich (@beboppergirl) April 17, 2013

Of course is was a Tupelo boy that sent the ricin letters. Shout out to Mississippi: keeping it scary for years and years for sane people.

— Eliska Counce (@eliskacounce) April 17, 2013

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All of those people joking about the media getting it wrong weren’t joking after all. As NBC’s Andrea Mitchell notes, news outlets are now calling the suspect by his actual name. Kenneth Curtis of Tupelo is now Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Miss.

FBI now identifies Tupelo suspect as Paul Kevin Curtis arrested for ricin letters to Sen Wicker and President Obama @nbcnightlynews

— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) April 18, 2013

Update: #FBI says officially that man arrested is Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Mississippi. Arrested at his home there.

— Mike Levine (@MikeLevineFNC) April 18, 2013

Correcting my earlier ricin tweet citing info from US nets: FBI SAYS IT ARRESTS PAUL KEVIN CURTIS AT HOME IN CORINTH, MISSISSIPPI – REUTERS

— Suzanne Kianpour (@KianpourWorld) April 18, 2013

BREAKING: FBI Special Agents have arrested Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Mississippi, whom they believe to be responsible for ricin mailings

— ABC News (@ABC) April 18, 2013

@abc are you sure this time?

— Marcus Aurelius (@spagzs) April 18, 2013

They arrested either Paul Kevin Curtis or Kenneth Curtis of Corinth or Tupelo, MS as #ricin suspect. Glad they have their facts straight.

— Alexandra Ben Othman (@alexbenothman) April 18, 2013

Which is it? Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, of Corinth, Miss. or Kenneth Curtis from Tupelo, Miss. #RicinLettersSeeing conflicting reports.

— Jill E Bond(@JillEBond) April 18, 2013

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