An aspiring actress from the northeast Texas town of New Boston has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that she mailed letters filled with potentially deadly ricin to President Obama, New York City Michael Bloomberg, and to Mark Glaze, the head of the Bloomberg-led group Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
An FBI affidavit claims that Shannon Guess Richardson, 35, mailed a letter addressed to Bloomberg and other to Glaze that contained 'an oily substance which was pink of orange in color' and included the typed message, "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. The right to bear arms is my constitutional god given right, and I will exersice (SIC) that right til the day I die. what's in the letter is nothing compared to what ive got planned for you."
The FBI says the material in the letters tested positive for the toxin ricin.
Several days later, a similar letter addressed to Obama was intercepted by the White House mail facility. It included a message that included references to 'having served in the army' and 'my wife and kiddos,' indicating that it was mailed by a male military veteran.
On the day the letter to Obama was mailed, Richardson contacted FBI agents and them that her estranged husband, Nathaniel Richardson, a military veteran, had mailed the letters, and told investigators that she had found incriminating items, including castor beans, which are the basic ingredient in ricin, in their home.
Following an investigation and after she failed a polygraph test, the affidavit says Shannon admitted to 'mailing the three letters, knowing they contained ricin.' But the documents say Shannon maintained that her husband 'typed the letters and made her print and mail them.'
Nathaniel Richardson said Shannon wanted to frame him because she wanted to end their two year marriage.
U.S. Attorney John Bales says Shannon Richardson faces up to five years in federal prison on each count. She is charged with two counts of mailing a threatening communication, and one count of threatening the President of the United States.
Richardson has been in custody since her arrest June 7th. Nathaniel Richardson has not been charged. Several calls to Shannon Richardson’s court appointed attorney were not returned.
According to the Internet Movie Data Base, under the name Shannon Guess, Richardson has had minor roles on several TV shows, including "The Walking Dead," "Vampire Diaries," and "All My Children" and the movie "The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn Part 2" where she played 'a vampire.'