Going Postal – Ricin Edition


Screen Shot 2013-05-30 at 9.17.06 PMRegular Pink Flamingo readers may be aware that I’ve finally started to write murder mysteries.  I’ve always wanted to write them, but never had a ‘hook’.  When you write murder mysteries, there is an occupational hazard of going online and researching different ways to kill people.  I’m trying to contrast the difference between good and evil, right and wrong, and mix things up with different ways people destroy lives.  My first mystery deals with a psychopath.  My second has a hit person.  Interestingly, during my research into why people kill, a hit person probably isn’t a psychopath.  They look at as a job, nothing personal, quite professional.

There are ways to kill people that make sense in a perverted sort of way.  Mailing ricin laced letters to political figures is not one of them. It’s stupid.  It’s a dumb way to try and make a point.  This one is about gun control, but it really doesn’t matter.  Ricin letters are the dumb and dumber of ‘terror’.

When you think about it, terror itself is a dumb way of killing people. Sure a wacko creep might get lucky and bring down iconic buildings and kill several thousand people, but for all their posturing, venting, ranting, raving, and planning, how often does that happen?  It doesn’t help convince normal and rational individuals that the ’cause’ is worth much of anything.   It truly turns people against a cause.  If you want to make people hate you, resort to terror.

Sure, it was once used for one brief glorious moment when the KGB allegedly took out a Bulgarian writer, and was stabbed by an umbrella that had been rigged to inject a ricin pellet into the victim’s skin, but of all the annals of modern history – just one lucky attempt?

Let’s face it, the reason domestic terrorists like to use it is because it’s cheap to make.  It’s not even on the top ten list of bad ass things for a terrorist to do.  It’s dumb.  There are those who think it is more of a political statement.  Of all the truly dumb ways to create a terrorist attack, ricin is the dumbest.

This is how it works:


Some idiot is sending letters laced with Ricin.  Currently about 5 letters have been mailed to various and sundry officials.  Mayor Bloomberg, Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, and President Obama have all been on the receiving end of letters. . Evidently the dimwit who is sending them either doesn’t give a damn about the people who work in the mail rooms, or is so stupid they don’t comprehend that mail for high ranking political officials is NEVER opened on site.

“…Ricin /ˈraɪsɪn/, from the castor oil plant Ricinus communis, is a highly toxic, naturally occurring carbohydrate-binding protein of the type known as lectins. A dose the size of a few grains of table salt can kill an adult human. The median lethal dose (LD50) of ricin is around 22 micrograms per kilogram (1.78 mg for an average adult, around 1⁄228 of a standard aspirin tablet/0.4 g gross) in humans if exposure is from injection or inhalation. Oral exposure to ricin is far less toxic and a lethal dose can be up to 20–30 milligrams per kilogram. Abrin is a toxin found in the highly ornamental rosary pea. It is similar to ricin but even more toxic….”

The Pink Flamingo disagrees that this was simply a political statement with the perp knowing that it wasn’t going to cause much of a disaster.  Yea, it will get you name in the news, 15 minutes of fame and all that sh*t, but in the end, unless some poor postal clerk gets taken out, nothing is going to happen – probably.

Then again, if this is any indication of the brain power behind the current crop of ricin letters, we’re not dealing with a double-digit IQ.

“…All three letters were postmarked on May 20 in Shreveport, La., according to WNBC-TV. They reportedly say in part: “You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my constitutional God given right and I will exercise that right till the day I die. What’s in this letter is nothing compared to what I’ve got planned for you.”…”

Evidently this genius thinks that his “God” given right to have a gun supersedes God’s given 10 Commandments, which include the really annoying thingie about not killing.

Given what we know about the mind-set with some of these people, and their abject lack of knowledge of how things really work in government 101, The Pink Flamingo would not be surprised if some of these patriot idiot citizens are so ill informed that they believe people like Michael Bloomberg and Barack Obama open their own mail.

There is no other logical explanation, other than someone’s watching way too much Glenn Beck and needs to listen to a little less Alex Jones.

Let’s face it, the reason all of us should be ticked about stupidity like this is the amount of money it takes to clean up dumb and dumber’s mess.