'Walking Dead' Actress Arrested in Connection to Obama, Bloomberg Ricin Letters
By Sophie Schillaci, The Hollywood Reporter - Jun. 7, 2013
Walking Dead actress Shannon Richardson (also known as Shannon Rogers and Shannon Guess) has been arrested in connection with the ricin-laced letters mailed to President Barack Obama, New York City Major Michael Bloomberg and Mark Glaze, a gun control advocate in Washington, D.C., last month.
The 35-year-old actress was arrested in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, on Friday and appeared in front of Judge Caroline Craven Friday afternoon in Texarkana, Texas, for an initial appearance. She was charged with mailing a threatening communication to the President of the United States, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.
If convicted, Richardson faces up to 10 years in federal prison.
According to NBC's report, Richardson had previously called the Federal Bureau of Investigation to claim that her husband had sent the letters. Investigators reportedly later discovered that she, in fact, had sent the letters herself.
Richardson, who has also appeared on The Vampire Diaries, hails from New Boston, Texas. Her husband, Nathaniel Richardson, is an Army veteran. According to The New York Times, Richardson has five sons.
The letters, discovered during a routine mail screening process, were postmarked May 20 from Shreveport, La., and sent with a return address. A copy of the letter was obtained by NBC New York.
“You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns,” the message sent to Bloomberg read. “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.”
According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Texas, the case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Secret Service. Also providing assistance to the investigation are the New Boston, Texas, police department, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Shreveport, La., police department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys D. Ryan Locker, Frank Coan and Brit Featherston.
'Walking Dead,' 'Vampire Diaries' EPs React to Ricin Letters Arrest
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blg - Jun. 8, 2013
Glen Mazzara and Julie Plec both fail to recall Shannon Richardson's involvement with their respective shows.
Following news Friday that actress Shannon Richardson was arrested and charged with mailing a threatening communication to the president of the United States, the executive producers behind a pair of shows the suspect apparently appeared on have one question: who?
Multiple outlets, including The Hollywood Reporter, ran stories identifying Richardson -- as a Walking Dead actress who also appeared on The Vampire Diaries. Only the actress had minor roles in both series.
Richardson was arrested in connection with the ricin-laced letters mailed to President Barack Obama, New York City Major Michael Bloomberg and Mark Glaze, a gun control advocate in Washington, D.C., last month.
On AMC's zombie drama, Richardson had a non-speaking role as a glorified extra -- a member of the undead (aka a walker) -- in two episodes of the first season of the series. And it's a similar case on the CW's The Vampire Diaries.
The wave of headlines led former Walking Dead writer/executive producer Glen Mazzara and Vampire Diaries showrunner Julie Plec to take notice.
"Some actress from TWD sent ricin letters to the Prez? Never heard of her. Anyone know what role she played?" Mazzara wrote on Twitter.
Answered Plec shortly afterward: "If she played an equivalent part to one she supposedly played on TVD, she was third background from the right. Or something."
The 35-year-old Richardson was arrested in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, on Friday and appeared in front of Judge Caroline Craven on Friday afternoon in Texarkana, Texas, for an initial appearance. She was charged with mailing a threatening communication to the President of the United States. If convicted, Richardson faces up to 10 years in federal prison.
Richardson -- also known as Shannon Rogers and Shannon Guess -- has an IMDb page under the latter name with several photos and a handful of videos -- yet no official credits.