Cat hair played a part in the arrest of a woman accused of mailing homemade bombs in 2016 to then-President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
She had mailed homemade bombs to President Barack Obama, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the Social Security Administration near Baltimore. https://t.co/H4sq9kqQa3
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) November 25, 2017
USA TODAY reports that Julia Poff, 46, mailed three devices in October 2016: one to the president, one to Abbott, and a third to the Social Security Administration. Only Abbott opened his package, but it didn’t detonate because “he did not open it as designed.”
A federal agent testified that Poff said “she just didn’t like Obama.”
About the cat hair:
Investigators traced Poff to the package sent to Obama because of cat hair found under an address label, according to the detention hearing court document. An FBI crime lab compared the hair to some from two of Poff’s cats and found it “microscopically consistent” with the hair of one of those animals, according to the court filing.
Poff was indicted by a grand jury this month on six counts, including mailing injurious articles and transporting explosives with the intent to kill and injure.
The cat lady bomber!
— it's_not_me_it'sQ (@Q1978A) November 25, 2017
— Jeff Pawlinski (@JeffPawlinski) November 25, 2017
Typical cat owner. https://t.co/ue7LE7MpJv
— BaseballUnrated (@BaseballUnrated) November 25, 2017
more proof that cat owners need to be banned, lol
— Aaron Elijah Colyer (@TheAaronColyer) November 25, 2017
Cat hair can be your downfall https://t.co/ZhrgCcspNr
— Maryann Struman (@mastruman) November 25, 2017
I'm not sure why the cat hasn't been ruled out in this investigation. https://t.co/b5VhQRsEjh
— Jim McQuiggin (@jimmcquiggin) November 26, 2017
How do we know it wasn’t the cat?
— Matt Fottrell (@MFottrell) November 25, 2017
— QueenNiKkI (@QuEEnNiKKi) November 25, 2017
— BostonBlunt (@BostonBlunt) November 26, 2017
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