– Federal agents invaded north-east Mississippi several days ago on a mission: find the man who sent a poison-laced letter to the President. But the US government quickly found itself entangled, once again, in a misunderstood land dominated by squabbling tribes and petty vengeances.
Agents first arrested an Elvis Presley impersonator, released him, and then on Saturday arrested his nemesis, a karate instructor. Gradually investigators concluded that what they had descended upon was probably less about the President – or the US senator and retired state judge who also received letters – than a serious case of indigenous bickering.
That shocks no one here. “Tupelo is a kaleidoscope,” said sociologist Mark Franks, who grew up in nearby Booneville. There are true geniuses walking the streets of Tupelo, he said, and incredibly wealthy, generous people. It had a peculiar culture. It is also the hometown of Elvis Presley.
People were not surprised when agents arrived looking for whomever sent letters laced with ricin to President Barack Obama, Senator Roger Wicker, and retired Mississippi judge Sadie Holland.
They nabbed a man in nearby Corinth, Paul Kevin Curtis. He worked as an Elvis impersonator, spun wild conspiracies about the local hospital selling body parts and apparently signed the poisoned letters with his own initials.
But the FBI found no evidence of ricin in Mr Curtis’ home and no incriminating research on his computer. Within hours agents had raided the home of his archenemy: J. Everett Dutschke, karate instructor. Mr Curtis claimed Mr Dutschke wanted to frame him.
The pair met in 2005, and were friendly for a time. When he wasn’t teaching karate, Mr Dutschke worked for Mr Curtis’ brother Jack at an insurance office. Both men knew Senator Wicker, and both has connections to Ms Holland.
It’s unclear when hostilities began, but a few years ago Mr Curtis, who worked at the local hospital, developed a theory that doctors were harvesting organs to sell on the black market. He wrote a book about it called ‘Missing Pieces’. Mr Dutschke published a local newsletter at the time, and after some negotiations apparently rejected Mr Curtis’ writings.
There was the question, too, of who had the bigger intellect. Mr Dutschke was a member of Mensa. Mr Curtis posted a fake Mensa certificate on his Facebook page, which enraged Mr Dutschke. “I threatened to sue him for fraud for posting a Mensa certificate that is a lie,” Mr Dutschke told Tupelo’s ‘Daily Journal’.


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