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Who is the Woman Who Tried to Poison President Trump?


By Dima Kiwan


On Friday, September 18th, American officials intercepted a rather unusual letter directed to the White House in Washington, D.C. According to an FBI investigator’s sworn affidavit, the envelope, addressed to President Trump, contained a powdery white substance along with a clearly threatening message: “I made a special gift for you to make a decision,” it read, “If it doesn’t work, I’ll find a recipe for another poison or I might use my gun when I’ll be able to come. Enjoy!” 


In addition to calling Trump “The Ugly Tyrant Clown”, the message also accused the President of ruining the country and warned him to surrender his re-election bid. The letter was signed “FREE REBEL SPIRIT”. After fingerprint analysis on the letter, investigators are alleging Pascal Ferrier of Quebec sent this threat. 


According to the FBI, similar language was found in six additional letters mailed to authorities and facilities in Texas that are connected to Ferrier’s detention there back in 2019. The cherry on top – investigators discovered a violent tweet from September 9th allegedly linked to Ferrier’s account featuring the hashtag “#killtrump.” 


The powdery white substance was tested and identified as ricin, a naturally occurring poison coming from the waste products of castor beans during the production of castor oil. While the oil is often used for medicinal reasons, the ricin itself is a lethal substance commonly linked to terror plots. Existing in powder, mist, pellet or acid form, it only takes about 500 mcg of ricin to kill an adult human, either through inhalation or ingestion. For perspective, that’s only about the size of a pin.


Ferrier, 53, was consequently arrested on Sunday the 20th while trying to cross the Canada-U.S. border into Buffalo at the Peace Bridge. The FBI claims that she was in possession of both a knife and loaded gun, and that she self-identified herself as being wanted in connection to the letters. The next day, the RCMP’s CBRNE team searched a Longueuil apartment linked to the suspect near Montreal. As Ferrier’s trial is underway in Buffalo, she is currently presumed innocent until proven guilty, according to her public defender Fonda Kubiak. 


As for her previous criminal record, Ferrier did serve jail time in Mission, Texas, in March of last year for two counts of unlawful weapons’ possession and one count of tampering with government records. However, those who personally knew the suspect were nonetheless surprised to hear her name in connection to this case. Alberto Osorio, Ferrier’s court-appointed lawyer in Texas, told news sources that “Ms. Ferrier was always very, very nice, very pleasant, very respectful to [him] and everybody around [them].”


Luc Gagnon, the owner of the small grocery store where Ferrier worked for several months after her return to Canada in 2019, was equally surprised to hear of her arrest. He also shared a pleasant impression of the suspect, calling her a hard-working and devoted employee who never talked about politics or her time in America.


While her resume shows that Ferrier was currently employed as a software configuration manager, she apparently regularly visited Gagnon’s shop, and he even saw her on the 19th appearing completely normal – running errands and casually carrying out her daily routine.


It should be noted that this is not the first time someone has sent this particular poison to the White House threatening a sitting President. In May of 2013, Shannon Richardson, an actress from Texas, sent ricin-tainted letters to President Obama and then Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg. 

That being said, Richardson’s motivations lied on the opposite end of the political spectrum – she intensely opposed gun control and threatened to kill Obama if he took away her “constitutional God-given right” to bear arms. After a complicated trial, Richardson entered a plea deal In July 2014 and was consequently sentenced to 18 years in jail for possession of a toxin for use as a weapon, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.


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