Texas woman arrested in ricin letters to Obama, Bloomberg: Officials


NBC News

A Texas woman has been arrested in connection with the mailing of three letters containing a form of the poison ricin to President Obama, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, federal authorities said.

Shannon Rogers Guess Richardson of New Boston, Texas, originally called the Federal Bureau of Investigation claiming that her husband had sent the letters, officials said. The investigators found that she had sent the letters herself, they said.

Richardson is an actress with minor roles on television shows like The Walking Dead and the Vampire Diaries, and was arrested in Arkansas on charges that will be filed Friday afternoon, the authorities said.

Investigators have been probing who sent the three letters, all postmarked May 20 from Shreveport, La. and sent without a return address, authorities have said.

The letters sent to Obama and Bloomberg were discovered during routine mail screenings processes. The letter to the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Mark Glaze, was opened.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns is a group that advocates for stronger gun laws and was founded by Bloomberg.

“I trust the police department and I feel perfectly safe,” Bloomberg said regarding the threatening letters on his weekly radio show in May. “I’ve got more danger from lightning than from anything else and I’ll go about my business.”