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Roger Wicker hired ricin suspect as Elvis impersonator

Undated photo obtained from the Facebook page of Paul Kevin Curtis. (AP Photo)

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said Thursday that he hired Paul Kevin Curtis to perform as Elvis at an engagement party.

Curtis allegedly mailed poison-laced letters to the senator, the White House, a U.S. and a judge from Mississippi.

In a post on a long online post on Curtis wrote that he accidentally discovered bags of body parts while working at a morgue and wrote to an array of elected officials for help, including his representative at the time, Wicker.

“I even ran into Roger Wicker several different times while performing at special banquets and fundraisers in northeast, Mississippi,” Curtis wrote, “but he seemed very nervous while speaking with me and would make a fast exit to the door when I engaged in conversation.”

Speaking Thursday, Wicker acknowledged meeting Curtis in Tupelo. “He entertained at a party my wife and I helped to give for a young couple that was getting married,” he said. “He was quite entertaining. My impression is that since that time, he’s had mental issues and perhaps is not as stable as he was back then.”

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