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May 31st, 2013
07:48 AM ET

FBI questioning person in ricin probe – Ed Lavandera reports

Law enforcement officials are questioning a man in New Boston, Texas about threatening letters believed to contain ricin sent to President Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a gun control group. Ed Lavandera has more on the investigation.

Lavandera reports that all three letters contained this threatening message: “You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone wants to come to my house will be shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my constitutional God-given right and I will exercise that right 'til the day I die. What's in this letter is nothing compared to what I’ve got planned for you."

“This latest round of threats has many wondering if ricin is becoming the weapon of choice for intimidation,” Lavandera says. Former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says, "Ricin is probably one of the worst ways to try and kill somebody. So I don't see it as a real threat in the sense of an actual capability to kill, but rather, to intimidate and attract publicity."

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