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.
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) April 17, 2013
— Jon Diggs (@digger3210) April 17, 2013
— Cleon (@Cleon) April 17, 2013
— 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
— 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? usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/…
— 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
— 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