You may know Shannon Guess Richardson from Vampire Diaries, The Walking Dead, Franklin & Bash, All My Children, The Blind Side, or as a former Dallas beauty queen. However, most recently, she’s been making headlines as the woman who sent ricin to President Obama, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Mark Glaze, the former head of Bloomberg’s gun control group.
Richardson ordered castor beans online and— on some Heisenberg shit— processed them to produce the substance ricin. She then made up an email address, a paypal account, and acquired a P.O. box in her husband’s name. After waiting for her husband to leave for work, she “printed the mailing labels for President Barack Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Mark Glaze.” Upon sending the ricin-laced letters, she drove from her New Boston, TX home to a police station in Shreveport, LA blaming her “estranged” husband, who had already filed for divorce, for the crime and told the FBI that she didn’t think the letters would even be opened due to security measures.
In her letter to President Obama, she asserts that, “What’s in the letter is nothing compared to what I’ve got in store for you Mr. President… You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face.”
Before Judge Michael Schneider sentenced Richardson to 18 years and ordered her to pay $367,000 in restitution as part of a plea bargain, Richardson claimed that she “never intended for anybody to be hurt. I’m not a bad person. I don’t have it in me to hurt anyone…I do love my country and I respect my president.”
Well, I’ll be damned. Just 18 years for this?
[h/t USA Today]