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Published:May 30th, 2013 08:18 EST
Are the Ricin-Laced Letters Sent to Mayor Bloomberg a Copycat Crime of James Everett Dutschke?

Are the Ricin-Laced Letters Sent to Mayor Bloomberg a Copycat Crime of James Everett Dutschke?

By John G. Kays

Who sent the two letters laced with ricin to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and to Mark Glaze, who`s the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns? Both the letters, which have this suspicious pink-orange oily substance, were postmarked in Shreveport, Louisiana; what possible significance does this mailing locale have? 

Is the culprit acting alone, or is he/she affiliated strongly with an extremist faction, who advocates absolutely no restrictions on firearms?

Could it be a copycat crime, modeled after the ricin-laced letters sent by James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo, Mississippi, who held a grudge against President Obama, Senator Roger Wicker, and a judge in Lee County, Mississippi, Sadie Holland? 

That is, the perpetrator may have seen this case in the news, noticing that Dutschke was fairly easily caught by the FBI, then decides to carry the baton of hatred, that comes from the Right against (what`s thought to be) a liberal cause, gun control.

The notion that this is a copycat crime, with a similar MO, mailing threatening, poisonous ricin-soaked letters, is a strong one, when you consider some of the points of mutuality between the two malicious acts. 

One highly noticeable, shared characteristic, although maybe not to give it too much credence, is that both letters were mailed from the Deep South. Once again, we have to be cautious about putting a significant spin on this, but for me, the `Dixie Connection` was the first thing I noticed!

Okay, so this is prejudicial against the South, yet I grew up in the South in the 1960s, have studied it`s history, including the American Civil War, which still carries forth a lingering resentment for what the Yankees did to her (Old Dixie), which can be transferred and translated into current debates about policy, the extent of the federal government`s power, and controversial issues such as Mayor Bloomberg`s crusade for gun control.

More particular to the MO of this newest culprit, engaging in poisonous letter sending, is the ability to make this ricin, which is made from castor beans. You can learn how to make ricin right from the internet (I`ve heard), which is how James Everett Dutschke obtained this devious skill. Although you may leave a trail of incrimination behind you.

One would have to get quite a bit of it in their system for it to be a lethal dose, however. This makes me wonder whether the perpetrator (or the hate group) was sending the letters out more as a threatening statement, or as a way to super-charge the media into bringing the issue of gun control to the surface in a frenzied pitch.

It occurs to me, a copycat crime of ricin-laced letter sending to high-profile political figures (with liberal leanings) is a good way to exacerbate the conflict, which is exactly what these people want to do. Let`s hope they (the FBI) can get to them quickly, since we know they`ll strike again very soon. They`re getting the media attention so desired, so a duplicate crime is just around the corner!

Before you put any restrictions on the gun-rights of these zealous, Second Amendment Wing Nuts, they`re gonna begin unloading on the enforcers of such new laws. Yea, they`ll shoot them first, before they can pry the guns out of their sweaty paws! The issue over gun-rights is the Civil War of the 21st Century.