The investigation into the mailing of poisonous letters has turned from an Elvis impersonator to his taekwondo-teaching "bluesman" rival, and turned the entire case into a tangled mess of ridiculousness. Yesterday, federal prosecutors dropped all charges against Paul Kevin Curtis, the man who was originally suspected of sending letters laced with ricin to several political figures, including the President. After his release, the professional Elvis impersonator suggested that he might have been set up by an old friend—a man with backstory even more odd than his.
FBI agents have also spoken to and searched the house of J. Everrett Dutschke, a fellow Mississippian who appears to have feuded with Curtis in the past, and is now also embroiled in the investigation. Hunter Walker at TalkingPointMemo tried to piece together Dutschke's history, but came up with more questions than answers. His unusual biography includes:
- Running a taekwondo studio in his hometown of Tupelo (which is also Elvis's hometown, of course.)
- Fronting a band called "Dusty and the Robodrum," a loop-rock band with "tons of lasers."
- Recording a "loud, heavy, powerful and steamy" album with guest drums from a member of Pearl Jam
- Selling insurance as "the insurance warrior"
- Half-heartedly campaigning for a seat in the Mississippi House of Representatives (and losing.)