A 27-year-old Georgia man is facing charges of reckless conduct and probation violation after a hospital made a startling discovery: They found traces of a deadly toxin on him.
William Christopher Gibbs drove himself to a hospital last week stating he had come in contact with ricin, according to Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby. A field test of the car the man was driving also revealed traces of it.
But what exactly is ricin?
Ricin, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a highly poisonous toxin extracted from castor beans. The poison is in the form of powder, mist or pellet and can be dissolved in water. Just an amount equal to a few grains of salt is enough to kill a fully grown man. Also, “it would take a deliberate act to to make resin… unintentional exposure to ricin is highly unlikely,” according to the CDC.
Now let’s talk about Gibbs himself:
His Facebook profile reveals the man, who is white, is a member of Georgia Church of Creativity and is a self-professed “White Racial Loyalist.” The “church” is not a real church but a white supremacist, white separatist organization, first known as the Church of the Creator. The movement was found in 1973 by Ben Klassen, a former Florida legislator to promote the “inherent superiority and ‘creativity’ of the white race.”
The SPLC also placed the Creativity Alliance as an active neo-Nazi group.
Gibbs’ Facebook also contains a profile photo with the words “100 years from now when someone finds one of these trees thay [sic] will know that there was once a White Race.”
But wait. There’s more.
Gibbs was arrested on Feb. 2 on reckless conduct and violation of probation charges, according to Fox News. In the police report, it was stated the man suffered from various mental issues, including schizophrenia.
Looking at this information, it seems Gibbs is a schizophrenic neo-Nazi in possession of a deadly poison. It bears repeating that it takes a deliberate act to make ricin and its unintentional exposure is highly unlikely — but authorities are not investigating him over possession of a deadly substance.
In a country where the FBI visits a Muslim student’s home for merely using a pressure cooker to cook food, why isn’t someone like Gibbs considered a potential security threat?
As of writing this, very few news outlets have covered this story.
In fact, the sheriff department is making bizarre excuses for his offense.
"It turned out to be ricin. I think it was all contained inside his vehicle, just a small amount of something I think he had been experimenting with. It was inside his vehicle and somehow he claimed he had exposed himself to what he made, got scared, and went to the hospital," said Sheriff Kirby.
Here’s an important question is: If Biggs was a Muslim who had known affiliations to radical Islamic groups, would the police have said the same thing?
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