Despite a small mountain of incriminating evidence stacking up in front of him, Paul Kevin Curtis isn't miffed. The ricin suspect's lawyer said on Thursday that he "maintains [his innocence] 100 percent." And yes, it was definitely ricin that was in the letters Curtis allegedly sent to politicians. The FBI just confirmed that fact.
Those are only a few strikes against Curtis and to dwell too long on the particulars of the case would be disingenuous. (We're not a jury and hardly have all of the evidence in front of us.) Based on the profile of Curtis just published by the Associated Press, it's glaringly obvious that Curtis is a character, one who suffers from mental illness and one who has a violent past. We've pulled a few lines out of the AP piece to bring his character to light:
Curtis suffers from mental illness - "'He is bipolar, and the only thing I can say is he wasn't on his medicine,' his ex-wife, Laura Curtis, told The Associated Press."
Curtis maintains a potentially unhealthy fascination with body parts - "In several letters to U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, a Mississippi Republican, and other officials, Curtis said he was writing a novel about black market body parts called 'Missing Pieces.'"
Curtis thinks the government is against him - "In 2007, Curtis' ex-wife called police in Booneville, Miss., to report that her husband was extremely delusional, anti-government and felt the government was spying on him with drones."
Curtis admits to sending letters - "In one post, Curtis said he sent letters to Wicker and other politicians."
Again, we're not trying to cast judgement. But things aren't not looking good for our man from Mississippi.
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