Ricin Blues

Posted in Ricin Kooks at 10:19 am by George Smith


Blues man, accused fondler, convicted for indecent exposure in neighborhood, failed GOP politician, failed Dem politician, Glenn Beck fan, accused ricin bioterrorist.

Final, from the wire:

A dust mask and other items linked to a Mississippi martial arts instructor contained ricin, a deadly poison found in letters sent to President Obama, a U.S. senator and a state judge, according to an FBI document released Tuesday.

The contaminated items were found April 22 in a trash can nearJames Everett Dutschke’s martial arts studio in Tupelo, Miss., states the affidavit, which prosecutors filed in federal court. Traces of ricin, which is made from castor beans, were also found in his studio.

Dutschke bought castor beans on the Internet, the FBI said.

Of course there has to be a movie and a book in it.

Best quote of the day:

Another perspective is offered by Curtis Wilke, a former national correspondent for the Boston Globe who teaches at the University of Mississippi.

“I’ve thought, ‘God, I wish I were still a reporter; it’d be fun to cover this story.’ ” Wilke says. “Neither of them seems very sophisticated. Make a weapon of mass destruction from a bunch of beans?

As I’ve written many times before, America’s white guy castor bean pounders are always damaged goods.

“It’s hard to say whose image has fared worse — the FBI’s or Tupelo’s, a city of 37,000 proud of its reputation for tolerance and a certain elegance,” reads the piece.

“There’s Delta blues, Chicago blues, Texas blues, Piedmont blues and Jump blues, to name a few, but Everett “Dusty” Dutschke is taking the blues to new places,” reads a piece from three years ago, also mentioning a second unlistenable Robodrum album, Guitar Czar, here.

The two sparred over music, too, Paul Kevin Curtis told Talking Points Memo. At one point, he said, Dutschke sent him an email that read: “I’ve created a band called Robodrum and we’re going to throw you off the national circuit.”


A 2011 interview with J. Everett Dutschke, conducted by a local web DJ named Vinny Bond, is here.

Advance to the 67 minute mark. If you can endure all of it, eventually Dutschke speaks about Robodrum changing into a blues disco hip-hop act.

Indeed, there is a video of this in performance, in Tupelo, Mississippi, from 2012. It is on YouTube.

See it before everyone else finds out.

“College students are going to eat this up,” said Dutschke, at the time. “Isn’t it exciting?”

Dutschke averred he was a “workaholic” who gets only two or three hours of sleep a night. “If I hadn’t been writing music for tv and movies for the last six months or so, I would have starved.”

One wonders what the people who performed with J. Everett Dutschke are thinking this afternoon.

In January of this year Dutschke was arrested and charged with two counts of child molestation at his karate studio in Tupelo, which then closed. Bail was originally set at 1 million dollars but Dutschke successfully argued this was the equivalent of no bond at all and it was reduced to $25,000.

On-line on his YouTube video channel, Paul Kevin Curtis goaded him about the arrest one month ago.

It is almost but not quite impossible to keep up with the music websites J. Everett Dutschke seeded with hard-to-believe plaudits for a band you have never heard of — Robodrum. It is a bizarre exhibition of promotion, a demonstration of the computerized Google search engine pathological bullshit that is instantaneously made on the web, containing nuggets of truth but much larger quantities of elaborate fabrications.

In the space of the last three years, Dutschke appears to have tried to sell four different Robodrum records, all with different band members except for him. Three are for sale on CD Baby, one on Allmusic.

The two newest, on CD Baby are String Theory and Big Bad Wolf. These in addition to Guitar Czar and For Your Leather, mentioned previously.

Another unusual and off music video, for a tune called Superhero, is here.

“I am a superhero these days,” sings Dutschke.

An article in the Clarion-Ledger newspaper of Jackson, Mississippi, interviewed former acquaintances who called him “eccentric:”

Dutschke, a Texas native, apparently ended up in Tupelo in the late 1990s after living in Meridian and Hattiesburg, respectively, according to those who knew him.

Richard Hamner, of Meridian, who is also an insurance salesman and Taekwondo instructor, said he coached Dutschke from a white belt to a black belt at his studio.

Hamner said the talented student’s persistence prompted him to hire Dutschke as manager at the Meridian studio. He eventually allowed Dutschke to run his operation in Hattiesburg.

Hamner said he dismissed Dutschke around 1996 when he believed Dutschke was stealing money from the studio, Hamner said.

Those interviewed, although no longer friends with Dutschke, said they did not believe he was a ricin mailer.

The article mentions that Dutschke has been married three times.

One of many music site biographies, containing a plethora of grandiose accomplishments, most of them unverifiable, for the Robodrum is here. Another is here.

“The RoboDrums [sic] 8 minute guitar oriented version of ‘You Shook Me’ [is] featured on the Reality Entertainment Led Zeppelin Tribute Album sponsored by Epiphone guitars,” reads one of them.

It was impossible to determine if such an anthology even exists.

Unbelievably, Dutschke’s Robodrum biographies even boast of a show at The Staples Center. Yes, the Staples Center.

Previously — The strange history of outsider music and America’s white accused bioterrorists.


  1. Rick B. said,

    May 2, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I happened to stumble on your block via a web search and thought I’d post a comment. In my opinion, the evidence against him as spelled out in the FBI affidavit is so strong that I doubt there’s anybody left that doesn’t believe now beside the conspiracy nuts.

    One thing that I can tell you, from my own personal observations is that, with regard to the music, most of what he claims (besides all the boasting) is actually true. He did win a bunch of national contests, and he actually did play in THE Staples Center. However, what he purposely left out in the latter case, is that it was at an educator’s conference and his was simply a side show. Same goes for his six flags tours. I agree that his earlier music kinda sucked, but that the last two CD’s actually had some redeeming qualities.

    I collaborated with him on both of those CD’s, along with other members of an on-line music community that I belong to. None of us knew him personally, having never met him face-to-face, nor did we know he was going to turn out to be this effing douchebag. I wish I could remove my name everywhere that it appears next to his. But, that’s just the way it is.

  2. George Smith said,

    May 3, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Thanks for the additional information. Dutschke appears to have a great capacity for deception with a taste for plots and machinations which he did not think very deeply about. I guess he really didn’t research it much or he would have known the FBI would have, sooner or later due to experience with the Ivins anthrax case, known they had the wrong person when they found no evidence linking him to castor and ricin at all. That actually was a first in all the ricin cases of the last twelve years.

    The small silver lining is that you can tell colleagues he was probably a better guitar player than a poison maker. Pounding castor seeds into powder, as I’ve written about for years, is something only a certain kind of fool does.

    Dutschke joins an extremely uncommon if infamous category, accused bioterrorist who was also a musician who made records and played clubs.