04.21.14

Growth careers: Anti-ricin squad

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Ricin Kooks, WhiteManistan at 12:08 pm by George Smith


The now familiar scene: A joint ricin beatdown task force comes to another quiet American neighborhood, this time in Oklahoma City.

Preston Rhoads, 30, of Oklahoma City, is the latest ricin kook, investigated and arrested by the FBI and local police after a tip of some kind implicated him in a murder-for-hire plot. When authorities entered his house, it was declared a no-go zone in the neighborhood.

From the wire:

Test results have confirmed ricin was a substance found in the home of murder-for-hire suspect Preston Rhoads.

A law enforcement source confirmed with News 9 the substance tested 100% positive for the deadly toxin. However, the substance was only found inside the home and police officers were not exposed.

Oklahoma City Police and FBI agents say Rhoads was planning a murder before they searched his home on Thursday. The FBI says it processed his place for hazardous materials after finding the unknown substance, now identified as ricin.

At Rhoads’ home on N. McKinley, the health department has posted a sign saying the home is unsafe and warns people to stay away.

As in the case of Georgetown student Danny Milzman, Rhoads — although much older — was described as a perfect son by distraught friends and family members.

And, indeed, what profiling material exists upon the net supports this view.

Smiling faces of many friends adorn his Facebook page. And a self-made video of Rhoads on Vimeo shows an affable young man describing his career and education as a creator of digital art.

Rhoads art business homepage can be found at evilpreston dot com, although there is absolutely nothing evil about it. And on Twitter he comes off as normal although 140 character tweets furnish little in the way of material for a definitive judgment.

This makes four cases in which young American men have been taken down by the FBI and joint anti-terrorism squads in ricin beefs this year. That is one more than in 2013. And I thought that was a bumper crop year.

Readers are invited to discuss their thoughts on why and how so many Americans regularly become mentally ill, the condition unrecognized by friends and family until the anti-ricin squad shows up in the neighborhood without warning,

I’ve cataloged it for fifteen years and I don’t understand it anymore.

Why does this country produce such a regular surplus of ricin kooks?

The mass media, which has made ricin good fun and storytelling for the sake of entertainment and titillation; the dime-a-dozen national security “experts” produced by the infrastructure erected during the war on terror and their exaggerated cant on weapons of mass destruction and the ease of making them, all have much to answer for.

But don’t hold your breath waiting for one.

Again, with GlobalSecurity.Org (smirk) hat on, I make the case for a diversion track specifically designed for first-timers arrested and convicted in ricin cases.

Is Preston Rhoads more for the legacy of Kurt Saxon’s The Poor Man’s James Bond and Maxwell Hutchkinson’s blighted Poisoner’s Handbook?

Time will tell.



My 2006 version of an illustration from Saxon’s The Poor Man’s James Bond.

“It is bad to poison your fellow man, blow him up or even shoot him or otherwise disturb his tranquility. It is also uncouth to counterfeit your nation’s currency and it is tacky to destroy property as instructed in [the chapter] Arson and Electronics …

“But some people are just naturally crude … It is your responsibility, then, to be aware of the many ways bad people can be harmful …

“It is right to share with your enemies, the knowledge in this wonderful book …” — Kurt Saxon

3 Comments

  1. Anon said,

    April 22, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    For the question about why there are so many with mental health issues, I’d give a quick answer of “abuse” as the main reason. We are a tremendously violent culture. We’d rather pound something into submission than deal with it constructively. That makes a lot of broken people who have poor coping skills.

    As for why there are so many ricin chefs of late, I think that’s from the average person’s very poor understanding of exactly how easy it is to run seriously afoul of the federal government. Add in the fact that many have an open disdain of government, toss in some “they can’t tell ME what to do,” with a hint of doing something naughty, and Citizen X gets a life sentence for making “biological terror weapons” in the basement.

  2. George Smith said,

    April 22, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I think there’s a lot of truth to those two things. Plus, Google & Internet search in general, are no longer your friends in any way.

    You search “how to make ricin” or “recipe for ricin” and, mostly, the first page is total crap, old ricin recipes, all Bowdlerized from Saxon or Hutchkinson, often seasoned with speculations by a new crop of idiots, an explanation from a journalist at Slate who knows nothing of basic biochemistry, filled with errors, on how you don’t have to be a terrorist to do it. The information that is accurate is brief and not useful in informing people of the current context and reality.

    You don’t find anything on how everyone arrested with castor seeds and powder gets convicted, how quickly the federal government comes and how thoroughly the homeland security infrastructure is watching for any mention or tips about it. Then it’s ten to fifteen years for a handful of worthless powder.

  3. Anon said,

    April 23, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    For further reading, hope the link works…
    http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2014/04/anger_causes_violence_treat_it_rather_than_mental_illness_to_stop_mass_murder.html