Thursday, April 03, 2008

THE RICIN CRACKPOTS: White American nut accused of fibbing to authorities

"The cousin of a man who may have been sickened by the deadly toxin ricin has been accused of failing to report that the substance was being illegally produced," reported Associated Press today.

"Thomas Tholen, 54, was indicted by a federal grand jury on the charge of misprision of felony — having knowledge of a crime but failing to report it."

US district attorney Brett Tolman told news agencies that Tholen, Roger Bergendorff's cousin, knew more than he has let on when telling the FBI about how he came into possession of his relative's ricin powder. "Tholen, who lives in suburban Salt Lake City, was collecting Roger Bergendorff's belongings from [a Las Vegas] motel room on Feb. 28 when he gave a motel manager a plastic bag containing several vials ... of ricin powder," reported AP.

Bergendorff has not yet been charged but your friendly neighborhood GlobalSecurity.Org Senior Fellow has predicted he will be as soon as authorities can pinpoint which of the men, or if both of them, produced the ricin powder. Mashing castor seeds into castor pomace exposes the masher to a criminal charge of attempting to produce a biological weapon.

"Both men contemplated production of this for criminal purposes," said Tolman to AP. A motive is still unknown.

Las Vegas ricin crackpot wakes up -- talks to Feds.

Castor seeds & ricin -- not much of a threat.


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