Ricin Letter Suspect Charged

    A City of Corinth police car prevents access to a house in the West Hills Subdivision in Corinth, Mississippi at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Law enforcement officials were blocking off the dwelling after taking Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Mississippi into custody under the suspicion of sending letters covered in ricin to the U.S. President Barack Obama and Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS). Curtis was arrested at his home in Corinth, Mississippi, and is "believed to be responsible for the mailings of the three letters sent through the U.S. Postal Inspection Service which contained a granular substance that preliminarily tested positive for ricin," the Justice Department said in a statement. (AP Photo/Michael H. Miller)

    Officials outside home of Curtis in Corinth, Mississippi, on Wednesday. (Michael H. Miller/AP)

    Paul Kevin Curtis, the Mississippi man accused of mailing ricin-positive letters to the president—and other national leaders—has been formally charged, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday. The 45-year-old part-time Elvis impersonator sent the poison-filled letters in hopes of exposing what he believed to be a conspiracy to sell human body parts on the black market. Curtis's letters, intended for President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), were intercepted before arrival. Officials confirmed Thursday that both letters had tested positive for ricin.  “To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance," Curtis wrote.

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