Paul Kevin Curtis Arrested for Sending Ricin Letters to President Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker

Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Miss., has been arrested for sending ricin-positive letters to President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker. He was first identified as Kenneth Curtis from Tupelo, Miss.

By Wednesday night, authorities had arrested Paul Kevin Curtis of Tupelo, Miss., as a suspect in the ricin mailings, a law enforcement official said. Curtis is well known to law enforcement as a frequent letter-writer to lawmakers, two sources said.

The ricin scare had spilled into public view in dramatic fashion earlier Wednesday, less than two days after the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon and bringing with it an eerie echo of the waves of fear that followed the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Suspicious envelopes were hand-delivered to the Capitol Hill offices of senators from Alabama and West Virginia, prompting evacuations of their staffs, and lockdowns of many more. Two other senators — from Arizona and Michigan — reported that authorities were investigating suspicious letters delivered to district offices in their home states. Source

NBC News reports Paul Kevin Curtis may appear in court early as Wednesday night:

Both letters carried an identical closing statement, according to an FBI bulletin obtained by NBC News on Wednesday.

According to the FBI bulletin, both letters, postmarked April 8, 2013 out of Memphis, Tenn., included an identical phrase, “to see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance.”

In addition, both letters are signed: “I am KC and I approve this message.” Source

The person who sent the ricin-laced letters used a quote from Dr. John Raymond Baker to make his point, saying, “To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance.” Kevin Curtis uses the same quote in the “About” section of his Facebook page. The word is Paul Kevin Curtis a right wing militia wingnut, but if the Facebook page I referenced above belongs to the same person, here’s a photo on his page that shows him next to a Lexus with a bumper sticker with “Christian and a Democrat.”

Lee County Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland also received a letter on April 10 with suspicious substance that had a grainy texture that was tested and determined not to be ricin. Judge Holland is the mother of state Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville.

Holland said she received the letter on April 10. It was printed out and included a death threat.

“It just said something to the effect, ‘I tried to talk to you and you would not listen. Now it is time that someone must die,’” Holland said.

The letter signed off with, “I am KC and I approve this message.” The FBI has said that phrase was also included in the two letters to Wicker and Obama. Source

Elvis fan Paul Kevin Curtis ricin-laced letters
Is This the Paul Kevin Curtis Arrested for Sending Ricin-Laced Letters to President Obama, Sen. Wicker? (Facebook)

Separately, a post on, by a man using the name “Kevin Curtis” complained about sending several letters to Sen. Wicker, Sen. Trent Lott and Thad Cochran about some legal issues. He even claimed he ran into Sen. Wicker on another occasion:

I sent letters to State Representative Roger Wicker, Senator Trent Lott and Thad Cochran. I never heard a word from anyone. I even ran into Roger Wicker several different times while performing at special banquets and fundraisers in northeast, Mississippi but he seemed very nervous while speaking with me and would make a fast exit to the door when I engaged in conversation leading up to my case against NMMC.

It isn’t clear why Paul Kevin Curtis would target President Obama, since he is ideologically the opposite of Sen. Wicker.