An actress living in Texas has been arrested and charged with sending letters laced with the deadly poison ricin to, among others, President Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Initially the woman, 35-year-old Shannon Richardson, told investigators that the letters had been sent by her husband, and that she feared he was going to poison her. He denied this, and blamed her. When confronted, the pregnant mother-of-five confessed to mailing the letters, but insisted her husband typed the letters and forced her to send them.
Her husband, Nathaniel, told investigators that his wife wanted to end their marriage. Local press sources say he filed for divorce last week.
There may be a copycat element to the case, as in April similar letters were sent out to Obama and other officials by a man who was attempting to frame a romantic rival.