Ricin Suspect's Neighbors Worried about Contamination

Ricin Suspect's Neighbors Worried about Contamination

Neighbors say they spent a sleepless night that has turned into a day of worry. They are all anxiously waiting for the suspect's home to be searched, but are scared of what might be inside.
CORINTH, MS (abc24.com) - FBI lab tests have removed any doubt - it was the deadly poison ricin a Mid-South man is accused of sending to President Obama and Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker.

Paul Kevin Curtis is charged threatening the life of the President. Agents arrested him late Wednesday at his home in Corinth, Mississippi and it's been sealed off ever since.

Curtis' neighbors say they spent a sleepless night that has turned into a day of worry. They are all anxiously waiting for Curtis' home to be searched, but scared of what might be inside.

Lacey Ross' small town sense of security is gone.

"I never thought I'd be around anything like this ever. And I've lived here my whole life," she said. "I didn't sleep all night with this going on."

"It's just frightening being here," added neighbor Kayla Latch.

Ross and Latch live next door to Paul Kevin Curtis. He moved to their Corinth neighborhood last December.

The two are reeling from his arrest Wednesday - charged with mailing ricin-laced letters to the president, Mississippi senator roger wicker and a local judge.

"I just worry, you know, if he sent it from here," said Ross. "My 14-year-old daughter goes and checks the mail. She could have been exposed to that."

Curtis' FBI affidavit describes a man who believed he had uncovered a government conspiracy.

Neighbor Matthew Latch told ABC 24 News, "He says he has something about the government getting corpses and their organs from the corpses and stuff."

"Seems like he might have been starting to get a little paranoid, but I never expected anything like this," said Ross.

Curtis is an Elvis tribute artist. In fact, Senator Wicker once hired him for a party.

Investigators say the 45-year-old sent multiple letters to Wicker describing his conspiracy. The last letter was the one with ricin. Curtis wrote he felt ignored, saying "maybe I have your attention now even if that means someone must die."

"They need to lock him up," Ross stated. "We don't need people like this. The world's bad enough."

The FBI arrived at the home to begin their search late Thursday afternoon.

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