The New York Times reports that a man was found unconscious in a Las Vegas hotel room with a powder that may well be ricin. Castor bean seeds (which contain the poison ricin) were also on the scene.
And in spite of this information, the reporter allows this statement from the Las Vegas police to go unchallenged:
Captain Lombardo said ricin had extremely limited legitimate uses.
“Ricin has no medical uses other then cancer research,” he said. “An
individual citizen, other than being involved in cancer research or
cancer prevention, would not have any legal means or proper means for
Uh…no legal or proper means, other than buying the seeds or plants at the garden center and planting them in your garden? Castor is a beautiful plant–spooky and deadly, but beautiful. I’ve seen it in gardens all over the country. It grows in my own garden.
It would be one thing if he was referring to some pharmaceutical-grade powder, but the seeds were found on the scene. This could be the work of a diabolical gardener. Any individual citizen would have legal and proper means to get crushed-up castor bean seeds…if they garden.Posted by Amy Stewart on February 29, 2008 at 11:24 am, in the category It's the Plants, Darling.