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‘The Walking Dead’ Actress Arrested for Mailing Ricin-Laced Letters to President

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‘The Walking Dead’ Actress Arrested for Mailing Ricin-Laced Letters to President

June 10, 2013
By Matt Molgaard - Staff Writer

Ricin Letters to Obama

Before you jump into this one, realize that is in no way a joke. This is apparently… real life. Sometimes, you just can’t make real life up.

Shannon Richardson, who surfaced in AMC’s, The Walking Dead and The CW’s, The Vampire Diaries, was arrested this past Friday, June 7th, in Arkansas. Why you ask? Well, apparently she sent ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns back on May 20th.

I told you we couldn’t make this up.

Richardson initially phoned the Federal Bureau of Investigation and claimed her husband (oh how faithful this one is), Army veteran Nathaniel Richardson, sent the letters. An investigation however unearthed a completely different story, as officials discovered Shannon herself was responsible for mailing the letters.

While the letters sent to Obama and Bloomberg were discovered during standard mail screenings, the letter sent to the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Mark Glaze, was actually opened.

Richardson’s letters proved quite interesting and rather frightening to boot. “You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns,” the letter sent to Bloomberg read, according to NBC New York, which obtained a copy of the letter. “Anyone who wants to come to my house will get shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my constitutional God given right and I will exercise that right till the day I die.”

One must wonder if Richardson has much of a problem serving time for her guns, since she’s willing to die for them and all…

Shannon Richardson


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June 11, 2013
By: Satchmo72
Playing a Zombie Ina episode doesn't make you a star of the show. Talk about hyping a headline to create a link to the show
June 11, 2013
What did I miss?
By: Don
I can't find where this article claims that this actress was a star of the show...
June 11, 2013
By: FutureMemory
How is the 4th amendment a \"god given\" right? Unbelievable....
June 11, 2013
By: Ravenscar
got to love liberals the right to bear arms isnt a god given right but man try and shut them up and they will scream about thier god given first amendment fucking hypocrites yeah talking to you future
June 11, 2013
By: The Mad Jester
The 4th amendment protects against illegal search and seizures. The letter is discussing the 2nd amendment. Ravenscar\, punctuation helps get your message across. One long run-on sentence just makes you seem ridiculous. ....who the hell was she in \"Walking Dead\"? Just another zombie?
June 15, 2013
You should be arrested for murdering the English language
By: Hopeless
Your lead sentence is a complete hatchet job, and the rest of the article is just depressingly brutal. "Sometimes, you just can't make real life up"?! Could have just gone with \"fact is stranger than fiction", but whatever. Just reading this article kills brain cells.
June 15, 2013
Sounds like a frame attempt...
By: Bilf
Not sure that 'guns' are going to be the real motivation\, so much as trying to frame her husband. She may have picked the gun issue just to try to make her husband look responsible.
June 21, 2013
zombie FREAK
By: irwan
well...whatdya expect? she IS a MINDLESS zombie freak after all....
June 24, 2013
By: vicki gentry
June 25, 2013
Obama is trying to further his own agenda. He is the worst president we've had to date. I just hope he doesn't ruin this country beyond repair before we can get someone halfway competent in there to fix all his \"Change\".
June 26, 2013
Desperate times?
By: Marcus Lundgren
There must be easier ways to \"boost\" ratings\, surely?
June 26, 2013
Missing the point here.
By: Joe Fiori
So\, Everybody here is so busy talking about political agendas\, and constitutional rights\, but this woman actually sent poisoned letters to government officials including (Like him or not) our president. As far as I'm concerned\, her right to bear arms is forfeit. Her right to walk the streets too.
June 30, 2013
You are all ZOMBIES
By: R
Can you not see what is happening around you? The U.S. president (Obama) or Barry is an Illuminati puppet. He is not even an American citizen. He is Islamic and a Muslim. He is possibly a clone of an Egyptian 'god' cloned by the Illuminati to get the countries in the East to fight against each other so the US can step in under the false hope of the United Nations. He will outlaw guns in the US so you cannot defend yourselves against\, you've guessed it\, the US military when Martial Law is imposed in the States.
July 1, 2013
By: Belmont
the hell is this bitch?! She wasn't a \"star\" of Walking Dead\, cuz I don't recognize her AT ALL!
July 1, 2013
By: Notadipshit
^ is a dipshit
July 1, 2013
Wow\, Some education for the idiots...
By: alexjones at infowarscom
How is the second amendment a God-given right? Because our constitution doesn't grant rights\, because a government that grants rights can just as easily take them away. So the founders said that our inalienable rights are god-given and can not be revoked. Yes\, your country believes owning and protecting yourself with a fire arm is a god-given right. Wow\, evidence of our failing education system? Look no further ladies and gentlemen!
July 1, 2013
A little education for the confused/ignorant
By: infowarscom
Our founders said our rights are god-given because a government that grants rights can be just as easily take them away. They did this so they'd be harder to infringe upon. You're welcome dummies. Want to see evidence of our failing education system? Look no further ladies and gentlemen!
July 1, 2013
Be careful what you WISHED FOR!
By: Bo
Korea will blow up america! FIRST! The white house!! THE FUCKED UP BLACK DEMON SLAVE\, OBAMA WILL THEN BE SENT TO HELL IF HE DOESN'T REPENT! And thennn all you freaks will die and sent to HELL!!! BUA HA HA!
July 1, 2013
Someone needs to settle down...
By: HanNChewie
LOL @ R. Nice conspiracy theories you've got going there. You should be the first to let us know when any of that crazy sh*t happens. Oh wait\, that's right it NEVER WILL and\, no one else lives in your pathetic world of paranoia. Your movie might make a good movie script though\, I'm sure this shannon richardson would be willing to star in it.
July 3, 2013
By: Gabe
What's with Matt Molgaard? Does he do any research at all? I wondering if this was a fake piece and the deadline was approaching. I can't find any mention of this woman in Walking Dead. Horrible Article.
July 4, 2013
By: Jim
... That's what the government owns. What do these gun-nuts hope to achieve by hoarding guns and ammo; other than providing their offspring with an available arsenal the next time someone at school pisses them off. IF it were ever to come to civil war\, the military has tanks and gunships. Hell\, they have drones. They don't even need to put one of their people at risk. Enjoy the illusion your \"rights\" give you. They can be taken away as easily as they were granted. \"God given\"? Horsepiss!
July 8, 2013
That God-given right to own a gun
By: kelly
That God-given right is mentioned in the Bible: Matt\, you do notice that cops in your country are getting so militarized\, don't you?
July 9, 2013
Isnt that the 2nd amendment?
July 9, 2013
God Given Rights?
By: Barney
The framework of the Constitution works like this: (1) under Natural Law\, or whatever humanistic system you may ascribe to\, people have basic inalienable rights. It's a little knee-jerk\, but yes\, you can call acknowledge them as \"God-given\" if you'd like. (2) The Bill of Rights then outlines what some of these rights are. It's not exhaustive or limiting. As a society\, we only allow our rights to be curtailed as we explicitly mention in the Constitution (the enumerated powers of the Federal government\, etc.) I'm not a religious person *at all* but seeing our rights as anything other than natural and pre-existing (i.e.\, they are not \"granted\" by the government) is downright dangerous.
July 12, 2013
By: Dan
What complete garbage this article is. Walking Dead \"Star????\" She was a f kn extra for god sake\, I do extra work for Grimm\, I guess Im a star too! Trash this stupid pile Matt....
July 12, 2013
Uneducated fools
By: Former American
Amazing the amount of uneducated morons weighing in on the \"god given right\" remark. It's right in there people\, read a book jeez....
July 13, 2013
By: George
Doesn't this mean if convicted she's a fellon and can no longer have guns anyway\, i guess she didn't think this thru . One good thing is if guilty she can no longer vote hurray .
July 13, 2013
By: George
The founders were not very religous but I do knowit is not a God givin right \,i think God wouldn't want guns on the planet \,
July 13, 2013
By: Joey
What kind of fire arms did Jesus carry around ? I don't believe they were around yet \,the chinese had gunpowder for fireworks . So these founders speak for God \, well if they can so can I Im saying its not God givin . So there right wing waco's .America has become such a screwed up hateful place . All spearheaded by the far left waco's Your losing haters and you will keep losing .
July 15, 2013
By: Interested3rdparty
All of this just shows the arrogance and ignorance of our country. Obama may or may not be the greatest president on earth\, but the people voted him there\, so we can't just say he's not doing it right and kill him. Also\, Korea hasn't the military arsenal to \"blow up America\". The illuminati has very limited power in our country\, and they certainly aren't cloning gods.
July 20, 2013
By: aschen
Our second amendment is a god given right\, We have the right to protect ourselves. However sending POISON to people is NOT a right\, and she deserves to be put away for life\, if guilty.
July 20, 2013
Felons can't own guns
By: Carlos Spicyweiner
when she is tried and found guilty\, the government will come and take her guns\, because it is illegal for felons to own guns! That is some sweet irony\, bitch!
July 20, 2013
clearly\, she did for the children
By: cthulhu loves the children
all work and no play makes shannon a dull zombie
July 20, 2013
Idiotic Article Title
Wow hey yeah sure...can we stop trying to link The Walking Dead to some sort of anti-government conspiracy? Being an extra (that DIDN'T EVEN GET ON CAMERA) does NOT make you a star. I was an extra in Cloverfield. Do I get billing? Am I in the credits? Do I get royalty checks every time its on tv? Do I get a percentage of dvd sales? NO. Because I was not the star of Cloverfield (frankly\, no one was...HA!). This article is such typical bullshit. Some nutjob that played a nameless zombie extra that never even got her footage put on television is being called a \"key actress\" on TWD. Such melodramatic bullshit. The author of this article should be neutered.
July 20, 2013
Great Britain
By: Marmadukelad
It usually a crime to have firearms in the house unless they are licences and securely locked in a cabinet. There are very few guns per household in the UK We have managed to survive 2 world wars with a little help from our friends so where is the need to bear arms as a civilian.
July 20, 2013
no wonder
By: Jeff
No wonder she is a zonbee and for those that are stating that she is not a star are also zombee because the author never mentioned that she was. This article and some of the people commenting on it make me laugh because there comments is like writing a sub article in this article. BLLLLL
July 21, 2013
Most of You are Idiots.
By: Monster Rain
Yes\, the headline of the link to this story stated that she was a \"Star\" of the show. Open your eyes\, you fools.
July 21, 2013
I don't even...
By: Trixie
Where in the bible does it ever mention guns? I don't think God would want some of these unstable yahoos to have weapons of any kind. In fact they should be labeled for our protection.
July 21, 2013
By: Derwin Gonzalez
So I guess she sent Obama a poison letter because she's not keen on black people and another one to Bloomberg because of his stance on gun control. Well if she is convicted and because it's literally a federal case I imagine she will be I wonder how she'll get along with the predominately African American inmate population. I also wonder after she is eventually freed how she'll feel about the law that prohibits convicted felons from ever owning fire arms.

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