Sorry, Paulie!

Curtis goes free, may have been framed (courtesy of ABC News)

“Well, I don’t eat rice, and I don’t have any rice in the house.”

This was the response given by Paul Kevin Curtis when cops burst into his Corinth, Mississippi home on April 17th and asked him about Ricin, the poison derived from castor beans that was discovered in letters sent to President Obama, Senator Wicker of Mississippi and Sadie Holland, a Lee County judge in the same state.

In fact, Curtis didn’t even learn what Ricin was until Tuesday, when the charges against him were dropped, he was released from jail and returned home to research the toxin online.

New evidence came to light recently and whatever it was supported Curtis’ claim of innocence. Law enforcement officials suspect he was framed for the crime and are now investigating “persons of interest.”

The first is James Everett Dutschke, a Tupelo man Curtis identified as a possible culprit who once worked for his brother. The men have not interacted for several years, though, so I’m not sure why Curtis dropped his name so quickly.

I’m sure he has his reasons.

At the moment, Dutschke has not been identified as a suspect. And he did allow the FBI to search his former martial arts studio, so he seems to be complying with authorities. This is likely standard procedure—and others will undoubtedly be investigated soon—but stay tuned to your favorite news source. It’s only a matter of time before this case gets blown wide open. I can feel it.

I also feel something else, and that is sorry for jumping to the same conclusions as many Americans. Paul Kevin Curtis is innocent and not at all the monster the media—and even I—made him out to be. Damn media manipulation.

My bad, Paulie. Won’t happen again.

Posted on April 25, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. When I saw this on the news, and heard what he was suspected of, I laughed. And then i realized he was seriously going to prison. One thing came to mind. That poor dude that was accused of the Olympics bombing. I was really hoping they’d realize this guy was no ricin sending terrorist. I don’t know how I knew, but I did.

    • That’s pretty good intuition, magz. And I know what you mean. I remember all that stuff with Richard Jewel in Atlanta, too. The media dragged that poor guy’s name through the mud before people realized Eric Rudolph was to blame. Glad that happened less with this story, even though it still happened. Poor guy…

      • I didn’t have any recall of Eric Rudolph’s name. The moment I’d read Richard Jewell’s name, I thought RIGHT!!! That’s a sad state of affairs. Have you seen The Central Park Five? I’ve been meaning to ask you.

      • I haven’t, but I will definitely check it out, magz. Thanks for the tip!

      • It’s mindblowing. Truly heartbreaking what happened to those boys (and of course to the jogger).

      • I just read up on it and you’re right, magz. It sounds like a crazy and unfair situation that hurt a lot of people. Funny how we can often find more examples of injustice than justice, isn’t it? Perhaps it’s time we re-examine some things, particularly within our own justice system…

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