Human Biology Florida man faces bioweapon charge for Ricin

Discussion in 'Human Biology' started by Bleys, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. Bleys

    Bleys Phoenix Takes Flight Staff Member

    A Florida man has been arrested by the FBI for possession of Ricin and weapons after an anonymous tip led them to the man's home. Steven Ekberg, 22, had castor beans and byproducts consistent with the manufacture of ricin.

    Never ceases to amaze me what you can obtain via the internet - no permit - no identification. It is frightening to think what this man could have done with this biotoxin had he not been caught.


  2. DreamLandMafia

    DreamLandMafia Premium Member

    You can get almost anything online.

    The entire Anarchist Cookbook (unedited version) is located online, which has instructions for blowing up entire bridges.

    Many open text repositories can tell you how to make Methamphetamines.

    Much more than that...but you get the point.
  3. JcMinJapan

    JcMinJapan Premium Member

    What are castor beans and what else could they be used for, other than one ingredient in making ricin? Could there be a legitimate use fir having them?
  4. JcMinJapan

    JcMinJapan Premium Member

    Gardeners should consider planting castor beans for more than just the beauty of the plant. The castor bean is useful as a screen, for shade on the west side of a house, and even (it's reputed) as a deterrent to moles and gophers. Its tropical foliage tinged in red is bold and attractive; its silhouettes against a window at night can be very exotic.

    In tropical climates castor bean plants are evergreen. In our area it is an easily cultivated annual that needs little care. You should be able to find seeds in nurseries for 10-to-20 foot plants and for a dwarf variety.

    Castor beans are not for everyone: the seeds are poisonous and should not be planted where children play unless each seed pod is pinched out before the seeds develop. And the seed and foliage can also cause severe contact allergies for some people.

    Castor beans are grown commercially for its seeds and its oil, which is used in laxative and many cosmetics. In commercial extraction, toxins do not pass into the oil.

    Rosemary Moyers, Smith County Master Gardener