Father of Ricin Letter Suspect Shocked About Son's Alleged Action

By: Michael Oder Email
By: Michael Oder Email

A Mississippi man is under arrest, accused of sending letter laced with Ricin to the President and other elected officials, appeared in a federal court Monday.

41-year-old Everett Dutschke was arrested early Saturday morning.

Now, Everett is the center of an investigation into why and how these letters were sent. It's leaving his family with more questions than answers, including his father who lives in Iola.

"Of course, I'm shocked," said Lenny Dutchske, father of Everett Dutschke.

"If I were seeing this on TV, and it wasn't my son involved, the way they're making things appear, I'd probably be sitting there in front of the TV saying 'they ought to hang the guy."

Lenny continued, "As a parent, you know you're just, how do I put this, you're just totally emotionally taken back by the fact that there's even a possibility that he was involved."

The last time Lenny spoke with his son was a cryptic message over Facebook.

"For some reason, I got a message on Facebook on Friday [April] 19th it was that just said I love you too dad and it didn't reference anything," explained Lenny.

Since that time Lenny's house has been searched by the FBI.

"They took nothing. They didn't expect to find anything," said Lenny.

Everett, is under arrest for allegedly sending letters laced with Ricin to elected President Obama and other officials in Mississippi. U.S. Marshall's arrested Everett early Saturday morning. They raided his house and business.

"My family knows I didn't have anything to do with this. The people who actually know me know I didn't have anything to do with this," said Everett Dutschke, before his arrest.

Lenny and Everett's mother divorced years ago. She ended up in Mississippi where Everett is. Lenny, in Iola. It's from this small community that he's getting information piece by piece about what's happening to his son over 600 miles away.

In Iola, Lenny searches for some meaning behind what his son is accused of.

"He was affected pretty badly by the death of his [older] brother," shared Lenny.

It may have created a few anger issues with him. But his mother and I had to go through the same thing. We had to bury a son," said Lenny.

Now, he's watching facing charges that could land him in prison for life.

"I'm in shock that there's even the possibility that he's capable of doing that," said Lenny.

Kevin Curtis, the original suspect in the ricin letter investigation, was released just four days before Dutschke's arrest. Curtis says that Dutschke framed him because of a feud the two have had for years.

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