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article image'Walking Dead' actress arrested in ricin letters case

By Eric Morales     Jun 7, 2013 in World
New Boston - An actress who has starred in 'Walking Dead' and 'The Vampire Diaries' is accused of sending poisonous letters to Pres. Obama and Mayor Bloomberg.

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Shannon Richardson had originally called the FBI to report that her estranged husband had sent the letters of ricin to both President Obama and New York City Mayor Bloomberg. However, federal investigators were able to determine that Richardson herself sent them.
Richardson, 38-years-old of New Boston, Texas is a former beauty pageant contestant and actress who has had small roles in The Walking Dead as a zombie, as well as a student in Vampire Diaries. According to her resume the 5'9'' beauty also holds a paralegal degree.
Shannon Richardson had claimed that she found castor beans, a derivative for ricin, and Internet searches for the poison on her husband's computer. The couple has been married since 2011.
Richardson's husband is retired from the United States Army according to NBC News.
“You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns,” the letters sent from Louisiana read. “Anyone who wants to come to my house will get shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my constitutional God given right and I will exercise that right till the day I die.”
Federal investigators apparently conducted polygraphs, and examined the couples home and cars and were able to determine that Richardson was lying. She has been arrested according to Long Island's Newsday, however her exact charges at the time of this writing are unknown.
Shannon Richardson has five children with her husband Nathan, and is pregnant with a sixth. The couple were planning to divorce, and a source claims that the ricin letters were an attempt to frame her soon to be ex-husband.
FBI agents wearing hazardous material suits were seen going in and out of the couple's home on Wednesday.
New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly commended the Joint Terrorism Task Force for making the arrest.
"Fortunately, neither Mayor Bloomberg, President Obama, the director of the Mayors Committee Against Illegal Guns, nor those who processed the ricin-laced mail incurred serious illness or injury, in part because of safety measures already in place," Kelly said in a statement.
Ricin is a deadly poison if inhaled, it has no antidote. and takes 36 hours to kill. The letters were sent after the double bombings at the Boston Marathon sparking fears of a second wave of attacks by terrorist.
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