Mystery Not Solved

Ricin Case Shifts to Accused Molester

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Somehow the ricin case has taken an even stranger turn. Charges were dropped against Paul Kevin Curtis, the Elvis impersonating conspiracy theorist initially believed to have mailed ricin-laced letters, and federal authorities moved on to search the house of disgraced politician J. Everett Dutschke. Curtis’s lawyer had previously suggested that Dutschke might have framed Curtis because of a feud, which Curtis said might be related to a conflict from when they studied tae kwon do together. Dutschke, a failed political candidate currently facing child-molestation charges, is also a tae kwon do teacher and frontman of a band called Dusty and the RoboDrum, which on Facebook is described as “Live-Loop Oriented Rock with tons of lasers.”