FBI agents arrested Shannon Elizabeth Guess Richardson (pictured) this morning in connection with the ricin-tainted letters sent to the White House and the offices of Michael Bloomberg and Mayors Against Illegal Guns. According to NPR (yes, that NPR) her husband and original person of interest Nathan Richardson has been cleared of suspicion. The FBI now believes that Shannon sent the poison letters as part of a plot to frame her husband and divorce him, and that the letters’ rants about gun control were a red herring.
That’s right: guns, racism and gun control had nothing to do with the poisoned letters. These assassination attempts aren’t the handiwork of white racists or ‘bitter clingers’ but instead could be the crimes of a madwoman who was willing to kill innocent strangers in order to ruin her husband.
The White House and MAIG apparently have no comment on how they’ll try to rebuild their demolished narrative in response to this development.
Mrs. Richardson, pictured above, is an actress whose credits include small roles in The Vampire Diaries and The Walking Dead. She had contacted the FBI and told them she believed her husband was responsible for mailing the ricin letters, which also contained pro-gun rants and threats. After questioning and detaining her husband, they eventually cleared him of wrongdoing and turned their attention to her.
This is the second time in three months that a person has been set up for suspicion of sending ricin-tainted letters to politicians. Is ‘Ricining’ becoming the new ‘Swatting?’ Let’s hope not.