Man makes court appearance in ricin letters case

James Everett Dutschke after his arrest. Photo: AFP

A Mississippi martial arts instructor suspected of mailing letters containing the deadly poison ricin to President Barack Obama and other US officials appeared in federal court on Monday for a brief hearing.

Tuesday, 30 April, 2013, 12:47pm

Karate teacher and fake Elvis' enmity is at heart of ricin letters case

Everett Dutschke works on his mini-van in his driveway in Tupelo, Mississippi. Photo: Reuters

United States Federal agents invaded northeast Mississippi several days ago, on a mission: Find the man who sent a poison-laced letter to President Barack Obama. But the US government quickly found itself entangled, once again, in a misunderstood land dominated by squabbling tribes and petty vengeances.

29 Apr 2013 - 3:26am

FBI says more tests may be needed to probe ricin potency

Federal law enforcement agencies in Tupelo, Mississippi, investigate ricin-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and other officials. Photo: Reuters.

The FBI said on Thursday that more tests may be necessary to determine the potency of a granular material identified as ricin that was packed into letters sent to President Obama, a US senator and a Mississippi judge.

26 Apr 2013 - 1:05pm

Suspect arrested over US ricin mailings

Security at the White House tightened this week after a letter addressed to US President Barack Obama tested positive for the deadly poison ricin. Photo: AFP

A letter addressed to President Barack Obama tested positive for ricin, and authorities arrested a suspect, stoking alarm in Washington on Wednesday after an earlier scare over poisoned mail.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

US intercepts letter laced with ricin sent to Obama

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney listens to a question during a press briefing at the White House. Photo: AFP

Two letters suspected of containing the deadly poison ricin and addressed to US President Barack Obama and a senator were related and bore a postmark from Memphis, Tennessee. The FBI said the Obama letter contained a "granular substance that preliminarily tested positive for ricin" and had been intercepted at a facility outside the White House that screened the president's mail.

18 Apr 2013 - 2:30am

Ricin found in letter to US Senator’s office

The letter was detected during a routine mail inspection and did not reach US Senator Roger Wicker's office on Capitol Hill. Photo: AP

US federal authorities intercepted a letter that contained the deadly poison ricin and was bound for the Washington office of Senator Roger Wicker, officials said on Tuesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am