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Washington State Man Arrested for Making Ricin

A Washington state man whose family says may suffer from autism has been arrested for making the deadly poison ricin from castor seeds in his own home, officials said on Tuesday. Robert Alberg, the 37-year-old son of prominent venture capitalist Tom Alberg, bought 4.7 pounds of castor seeds by mail and had begun to process them into ricin when he was arrested last week, the U.S. Attorney in Seattle said in court papers. Ricin, a poison with no known antidote, was found in U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s office in February, briefly shutting nearby buildings, and ricin-tainted letters appeared in South Carolina and the White House mail room last year. Full Story

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