As Capitol Hill reels back from the revelation that letters containing the deadly position ricin were sent to President Barack Obama and Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) a new development has come in case. On Wednesday, law enforcement authorities announced that they had arrested a Mississippi man in conjunction with the attempted ricin attacks in Washington.
Police arrested Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Mississippi in regards to the ricin letter attacks. All the letters thus far were foiled due to government precautions with regard to constituent mail put in place after the anthrax attacks in 2001 that killed five and infected 17 others. As Curtis became known to the public, a clearer yet stranger picture of him has begun to emerge as other details come into view.
Curtis's other claim to fame is being an Elvis impersonator. According to a website were you could hire him for live events, Curtis went by stage name "KC." Both of the letters sent to President Obama and Senator Wicker contained the same message, which read, "To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance." Both were signed in same way: "I am KC and I approve this message."
But beyond the whimsical music, a darker picture emerges when other aspects of his life come to light. Multiple posts online refer to a conspiracy theory regarding organs being sold on the black market from hospitals that Curtis seemed to fervently believe. Curtis claims he worked at the North Mississippi Medical Center from 1998 to 2000 and also claims to have found a bag filled with human body parts that were destined for the black market. He also believed that the government was persecuting him for trying to expose this knowledge and that it was responsible for many of the struggles in his life.
Curtis left a large on-line trail with regards to his belief in this theory. A Facebook post authored by Curtis read, "I'm on the hidden front lines of a secret war. A war that is making Billions of dollars for corrupt mafia related organizations and people. (bone, tissue, organ, body parts harvesting black market). [sic]"
A personal website by Curtis demonstrated his commitment to fighting this supposed conspiracy. In it are letters of correspondence to various hospital and judicial figures, court documents, and other documents that Curtis felt were related to his quest to expose this conspiracy. On the site Curtis states:
"Let the record show that on this date, March 05, 2008, I, Paul Kevin Curtis, being of sound mind, am attempting once again to expose various parties within the government, FBI, police departments, legal & healthcare systems, etc. that a conspiracy to ruin my reputation in the community as well as an ongoing effort to break down the foundation I worked more than 20 years to build in the country music scene, began on the day I accidentally discovered a refrigerator full of dismembered body parts & organs wrapped in plastic in the morgue of the largest non-metropolitan healthcare organization in the United States of America …"
At the end of the page he signs off, “This is Kevin Curtis& I approve this message.”
Curtis had posts on Twitter dedicated to the conspiracy against him:
A second website posting details Curtis's "saga":
“I feel this and everything that has been happening since 2000 is a direct result of my finding the dismembered body parts and being terminated from the largest employer in the state.
I am watched by police officers, followed, my trash taken, harassed, threatened my city officials and put on the no hire list”
At the end of the post he signs off. "This is Kevin Curtis and I approve this report.”