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Published On: Thu, May 30th, 2013

Two letters to NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg contain traces of ricin, targeted his gun control stance

Two threatening letters containing traces of the deadly poison ricin were sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York and his gun-control group in Washington, police said Wednesday.

The anonymous letters were opened in New York on Friday at the city’s mail facility in Manhattan and in Washington on Sunday at an office used by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the nonprofit started by Bloomberg, police said.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg Image/NBC Video Screen Shot

Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Image/NBC Video Screen Shot

Chief New York Police spokesman Paul Browne said preliminary testing indicted the presence of ricin in both letters but that more testing would be done. He said the threats contained references to the debate on gun laws and an oily pinkish-orange substance.

“The letter obviously, referred to our anti-gun efforts but there’s 12,000 people (who) are going to get killed this year with guns and 19,000 that are going to commit suicide with guns, and we’re not going to walk away from those efforts,” Bloomberg said.

Some of the emergency services workers who touched the letter Friday were examined after they showed minor intestinal symptoms of ricin exposure on Saturday, Browne said. The symptoms have since subsided.

Civilian workers showed no symptoms, Browne said in a statement.

“We take a lot of security measures as you know,” Bloomberg said. “The men and women that open the mail for example … they are well trained.”

The second letter to the mayor was opened by Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns — founded and co-chaired by Bloomberg — in Washington on Sunday. Browne’s statement appeared to indicate Glaze showed no symptoms.

A spokeswoman for the organization declined to comment Wednesday.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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  1. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

    NOW, I THINK I KNOW A “LITTLE” SOMETHING ABOUT Ricin production. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING potent Ricin IS HAZARDOUS WHILE WEARING GLOVES.

    SO, SINCE MAIL-FACILITY EMPLOYEES – IN REFERENCE TO THE KENYAN AND Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) – HAVE NOT SHOWN SIGNS OF CONTAMINATION, IT IS LOGICAL TO ASSUME THE LETTERS SENT TO Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) AND Mayors Against Illegal Guns ARE impotent ….. OF COURSE, THE KENYAN IS A “BIGGER FISH” THAN, Mayor Bloomberg.

    FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE MEDIA’S REPUTATION, I SUGGEST TO WAIT UNTIL SOMEONE BECOMES ILL BEFORE WRITING A Ricin story. BY CONTINUING TO WRITE ABOUT IMPOTENT LETTERS, YOU ARE TAKING AWAY THE INTEREST OF THE PUBLIC.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

      I AM EXTREMELY ANGRY.

      I JUST READ AN ARTICLE ON ANOTHER WEBSITE ABOUT A CAMPAIGN TO SCRAMBLE National Security Agency’s scanners BY UTILIZING CODE WORDS INDICATING AN ON-COMING TERROR ATTACK. THIS CAMPAIGN BEGINS AT 7PM EASTERN, 12 JUNE 2013.

      I AM ANGRY BECAUSE ONE OF THE CODE WORDS TO BE USED IS, “Ricin.” AT Global Dispatch, I HAVE MADE COMMENTARY ABOUT Ricin – MY COMMENTARY WAS NOT A PRANK.

      I MEAN E-V-E-R-Y WORD I TYPE ABOUT Ricin.

      CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

      THE OTHER DAY I HEARD A NEWS STORY IN WHICH SOME OF THE MAIL-FACILITY EMPLOYEES HANDLING THE Kenyan/Wicker letters HAD DIARRHEA. SINCE DIARRHEA IS A COMMON AILMENT, THERE IS NO GUARANTEE Ricin IS THE CULPRIT. SUBSTANTIAL AILMENTS ISOLATING Ricin AS THE CONCLUSIVE CULPRIT NEED TO BE REPORTED. I HAVE DISMISSED THIS CASE.

      CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

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