Seventy-year-old Betty Miller drove herself to the emergency room in Shelburne, Vermont. When she told doctors why she brought herself in, they called the feds. Her admission got her federally charged with possession of a biological weapon. After recovery in the hospital, she was hauled away in handcuffs.
FBI investigators soon arrived at Betty’s Wake Robin retirement community apartment in hazmat suits and confirmed Betty really had been testing a ricin recipe out on neighbors, just to see how good it was. She told the ER doctors that she wanted to make sure she perfected the recipe before she used it on herself.
“We are working with our federal, state and local partners and we are taking all necessary steps to ensure this incident is resolved safely,” FBI spokesman Peter Fitzgerald assured the public. Field tests followed up by lab testing both proved positive for the deadly toxin ricin.
She personally picked the required castor beans and didn’t have to go far to find them. The plants were growing right there in the retirement community …
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