Wednesday, January 7, 2009
It’s enough to make Rick Warren and his supporters smile.
Eleven gay bars in Seattle were sent letters Tuesday threatening ricin attacks in what some are describing as a hate crime.
The anonymous letters say, “I have in my possession approximately 67 grams of ricin with which I will indiscriminately target at least five of your clients. I expect them to die painfully while in hospital.”
A 12th letter was sent to the alternative weekly The Stranger, according to its Web site. That letter says the paper should be “prepared to announce the deaths of approximately 55 individuals.”
In a statement, the Seattle Police Department said it takes the threat seriously. It has seized the letters and is processing them and is coordinating efforts with the FBI and other Federal agencies.