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‘3000 Miles to Graceland,’ Chemical Terrorism Edition

Kevin Curtis, suspect in alleged ricin mailing | Source

In the midst of the ongoing manhunt for the Boston Marathon bomber (the latest from the Boston Globe is that the authorities have clear images of the suspects), some have expressed hope that the perpetrator is of a certain race or political ideology. But not all domestic terrorists fit into convenient categories.

Yesterday parts of two Senate office buildings were shut down after letters laced with ricin were sent to the president and Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, two ideologically-opposed politicians. The letters were signed “I am KC, and I approve this message,” and a man named Kevin Curtis of Tupelo has been arrested. The Blaze reported last night that the identical phrase appeared on the suspect’s Facebook page:

A few hours before federal officials announced the arrest, TheBlaze was contacted by bloggers at Lady Liberty 1885 who had noticed some key similarities between a “Kevin Curtis” from Tupelo, Miss. and the person suspected of sending the ricin letters. Among several other similarities, Kevin Curtis used the phrase “This is KC and I approve this message” in a previous Facebook post — the same exact phrase included in the ricin-laced letters.

Curtis is an Elvis impersonator, and an impersonator of other entertainers, who signs many of his promotional videos with almost identical phrases. Here he is singing Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” to a roomful of high school kids:

The most perplexing video is this one, of an act called “The Motivational Janitor.” Curtis used to work for a cleaning service, so it might be part-autobiographical:

Curtis began his campaign against the North Mississippi Medical Center while working for that cleaning service, claiming to have inside information about a black-market organ scandal. A local newspaper reported earlier today:

The 1999 Journal article described him as a father of four who was married at the time and in a cleaning business with his wife. Among their clients was the Medical Center in Tupelo. … “I’m on the hidden front lines of a secret war,” Curtis posted on his Facebook profile at 2 a.m. Wednesday. “A war that is making Billions of dollars for corrupt mafia related organizations and people. (bone, tissue, organ, body parts harvesting black market)”

… As authorities’ investigations moved closer to arresting Curtis on Wednesday, his Facebook postings became more anxious and intense.

“My mother wants me to SHUT UP. My brothers fear me. My sister hates me. My cousins have hostility towards me (they work in healthcare) I have lost most of my friends. I have spent more than $130,000 on legal fee’s in 13.5 yrs. They burned down my home, killed my dogs, my cat, my rabbit, blew up my 1966 Plymouth Valent. They destroyed my marriage, they distracted my career, they stalked, they trolled, they came in to my home, took my computers, had me arrested 22 times and guest what?” Curtis posted earlier Wednesday. “I am still a thorn in their corrupt anals! I will remain here until Jesus Christ decides its time for me to go. (ur welcome and amen) :)”

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Arthur Bloom is editor of The American Conservative online. He was previously deputy editor of the Daily Caller and a columnist for the Catholic Herald. He holds masters degrees in urban planning and American studies from the University of Kansas. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Spectator (UK), The Guardian, Quillette, The American Spectator, Modern Age, and Tiny Mix Tapes.

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