- It was the vigilance of the Sheffield Seed Company employee
in Locke, N.Y. who alerted the FBI of the purchase of 2.25 kilograms of
castor beans by the man that commenced the investigation by the FBI. This
is the type of vigilance that is needed if we are to catch future bioterrorists
BEFORE they act.
- This is a good example of how a citizen can prevent acts
of terror. Had the employee not alerted the FBI, it is quite possible that
the man would have used the ricin in some form, such as tampering wtih
- We must all be vigilant.
- Patricia Doyle
- RICIN, HOME-MADE - WASHINGTON
- A ProMED-mail post
- Date: 13 Apr 2004
- From: ProMED-mail email@example.com
- Source: NY post [edited]
- FBI makes Ricin arrest
- A man, 37, is in FBI custody for allegedly possessing
the deadly toxin ricin. The man was arrested at his apartment Friday.
- Agents said they believe the man was making the ricin
in his apartment but won't disclose how much was found. They also would
not say what they believe he was going to do with it.
- Date: 13 Apr 2004
- From: ProMED-mail<firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Source: CNN [edited]
- Washington state man arrested after deadly ricin found
- A 37-year-old man is in FBI custody for allegedly possessing
the deadly toxin ricin. The man was arrested at his apartment Friday and
charged with one count of possession of a biological agent or toxin.
- "It is enough that it could cause concern that it
could harm someone; could kill someone," FBI spokeswoman Roberta
- The man was held pending a hearing Thursday in U.S. District
Court. He is described in court documents as having autism, a developmental
disorder featuring a spectrum of symptoms including impairments in communication
and repetitive behaviors such as finger-tapping or head-banging.
- Federal criminal justice sources told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
that they do not believe the man had political motivations for making the
ricin and had no plans to use it.
- Agents believe the man was making the ricin in his apartment
on a relative's property but won't say how much was found.
- The criminal investigation of the man began in November
 when an employee of the Sheffield Seed Company in Locke, New York,
warned the FBI in New York that this man had ordered 2.25 kilograms of
castor seeds [beans], a key ingredient in making ricin. Because the company
considered the order unusual, it alerted the FBI. In December 2003, the
seeds were mailed to this particular individual.
- Ricin can be fatal if ingested, inhaled, or injected.
There is no antidote. It is relatively easy to make. Unlike anthrax spores,
ricin requires little scientific training to engineer and is not nearly
as dangerous to handle.
- In Washington DC, ricin was found 2 Feb 2004 on a mail-opening
machine in the office suite of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist [see ref.
below]. The discovery led to a shutdown of 3 Senate office buildings for
several days, and about 2 dozen staffers and Capitol police officers underwent
- Patricia A. Doyle, PhD
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