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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Whackademia Quote: Ricin in McCarthy Hall

     A Georgetown University student who made deadly ricin in his dorm room was arrested in Washington, D.C. on March 21, 2014 for illegal possession of a biological toxin….The student, Daniel Harry Milzman, made the white powder with materials he bought at local stores, including The Home Depot and American Plant Company….He found the recipe for making ricin by doing a search on his iPhone….

     Wearing goggles and a dust mask for protection, Milzman used Epsom salts and castor beans, among other materials, to make the ricin in his dorm room about a month ago….He stored what he had made in plastic bags sealed with hockey tape.

     On Tuesday evening, March 18, 2014, Milzman showed some of his ricin to his residential advisor who promptly contacted the university's counseling services who in turn called the police….Milzman described his efforts during an interview with FBI agents later that day….The FBI Laboratory tested the  contents of the bags and confirmed they contained the ricin toxin….

"U.S. Student Arrested For Making Ricin in His Dormitory," Reuters, March 22, 2014 

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