Saturday, June 08, 2013

Rice at the Wedding, Ricin at the Divorce

Throwing rice around used to be the symbol of marriage, now in one case, mailing ricin is likely the symbol of a divorce.

Last week, Texas resident and pregnant mother of five, Shannon Guess Richardson tried to accuse her husband of mailing three ricin-laced letters to the president, the mayor of New York City, and a gun control lobbyist.

But as it turned out, it was Richardson herself who mailed the letters.  In an attempt to frame her husband Nathan, Richardson met with FBI investigators to try to pin the felony charges on him.  Although Richardson is an actress with several small T.V. and film credits, her performance apparently wasn't convincing to the FBI.   When her story did not add up to the federal investigators, the direction of the case quickly turned on Richardson herself. 

On Thursday she confessed to mailing the letters knowing they contained the deadly ricin.   That same day, Nathan filed his Texas petition for divorce.  In the pleadings, he said that his him marriage had become " insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities".

Talk about an understated pleading...