The Ricin Beans Gang (continued)

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Extremism, Ricin Kooks at 10:33 am by George Smith

A news story from Georgia reveals a marker on what the geriatric ricin beans gang was working from:

ATLANTA — Four men who were indicted in alleged terror attacks had the weapons they wanted and were one ingredient away from making deadly toxin ricin, according to a criminal indictment.

Two days before they were arrested defendants Ray Adams and Samuel Crump said they needed just one more ingredient to produce ricin, according to the indictment. Adams said he needed one pound of lye and was ready to begin the process of making the deadly toxin.

This means the ricin beans gang had a copy from Kurt Saxon’s Poor Man’s James Bond, or something similar descended from it.

Soak castor seeds in lye, Saxon advised as early as 1984 in The Weaponeer, one of his pamphlets later incorporated into the Poor Man’s James Bond volumes.

Ricin is a protein. Proteins are destroyed by strong base. Lye is a a strong base.

Saxon had no real idea what ricin was. The Poor Man’s James Bond contains a couple methods for working with it, some seemingly made up out of whole cloth. At one point there’s a procedure recommending using a strongly acid solution, which is also very harsh on proteins.

And article discusses using ricin on bullets, an absurd idea since the heat and explosion in the barrel of a gun would destroy all the poison. The idea here was that if you only winged somebody — a “degenerated person” — the poison would do them in later. Quaint.

However, another part of the news story shows the ricin beans gang repeating the treasured old and undying script of the far right extremist:

Thomas is quoted in the affidavit from a recorded conversation with the informant: “There is no way for us, as militiamen, to save the country, to save Georgia, without doing something that’s highly illegal. Murder. That’s (expletive) illegal, but it’s gotta be done. When it comes time to saving the Constitution, that means some people gotta die.”

Saving the country, saving Georgia, saving the Constitution — by, among other things, following almost thirty year-old poison recipes manufactured by the US backwoodsman neo-Nazi survivalist right.

A member of the Ricin Beans Gang, photo taken in 2001.


  1. Bonze Anne Rose Blayk said,

    November 5, 2011 at 11:49 am

    … and just why is a Son of the Rebel South so keen on “saving the Constitution”?

    I am sure that greater minds than mine are confused by this juxtaposition of loyalties!

    – Bonze Anne “Janey Reb” Blayk

  2. George Smith said,

    November 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Comparison between Confederate States constitution and original.


  3. Bonze Anne Rose Blayk said,

    November 23, 2011 at 6:37 pm


    Sorry, Geo… I mean, Dick.

    I shoulda figgered that he was talkin’ ’bout HIS Constitution!