Sunday, 10 December, 2017

Wake Robin Resident Made Toxic Ricin, Fed to Others

Investigators don hazmat suits to check the retirement community apartment for ricin Investigators don hazmat suits to check the retirement community apartment for ricin
Melissa Porter | 02 December, 2017, 01:37

"On November 27, 2017, Ms. Miller indicated to health care providers that she had attempted to poison other Wake Robin residents using homemade ricin, which she had placed in multiple servings of other residents' food and beverages over a period of weeks", wrote FBI Special Agent Mark Emmons in an affidavit filed at U.S. District Court in Burlington.

She drove herself that day to the University of Vermont Medical Center for an evaluation.

Miller allegedly said she wanted to test the potency of the poison so she put it in the food and beverages of other residents at Wake Robin.

She is set to appear in court on Friday, Dec. 1. Federal prosecutors said she planned the crime carefully and is pushing to have her remain in custody while the investigation continues.

Miller was held at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility on Thursday afternoon, but the public was never notified until Conroy agreed to unseal the documents on Friday morning at the request of the U.S. Attorney's Office. Dressed in protective gear, the team found a bottle containing Ricin powder in a wicker basket in Miller's kitchen cabinet.

"No one is ill with ricin poisoning, and the danger for those who could have been exposed is over", said Ben Truman, a Health Department spokesman.

Ms Miller told authorities she made between two and three tablespoons of ricin in her kitchen. Prosecutors maintain her crime was carefully planned.
"She researched plant-based toxins and prepared at least one extremely risky substance in the quiet comfort of her apartment".

Wake Robin officials have declined comment since the incident was reported.

The FBI was alerted to a unsafe substance at the home earlier this week, and discovered a bottle labelled "ricin" in her residence. By her own admission, she administered those substances to other residents in order to test their efficacy.

"The resident of the apartment in question is now involved with the criminal justice system and will not be returning to Wake Robin".

Miller was interviewed at the hospital Tuesday evening by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Vermont health officials. The affidavit does not state why she went to the hospital.