Suspect in ricin case described as ‘a little different’

The nation knows James Everett Dutschke as the man accused of sending ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and two other officials.

But to people who live near him, he’s the guy whose alleged abuse of young girls turned their neighborhood upside down, according to one neighbor. And to a former coworker, he’s the “genius” with a few odd quirks.

Exactly who Dutschke is and why he might have taken the extreme step of sending toxic letters to Obama, a Mississippi senator and an official in Lee County, Mississippi, remained up in the air Monday as prosecutors began criminal proceedings against him for allegedly making the deadly toxin ricin and sending it through the mail.

However, through court documents and conversations with people who knew him, a clearer picture is starting to emerge.