Betty Miller, 70, made the poison herself and sprinkled it in other residents' food and beverages, apparently to see how it would work, the Burlington Free Press reports.
In the written request to keep Miller in custody, Cowles wrote that "it appears even the most stringent of release conditions would not ensure Ms. Miller does not prepare further risky substances and/or attempt to harm those around her. Ms. Miller indicated in her interview with law enforcement both an intent to harm herself and a willingness to hurt others in the process of doing so". Following instructions obtained online, Miller manufactured a total of between 2 and 3 tablespoons of Ricin on two separate occasions in the kitchen of her residence.
The powder tested positive for ricin. The safety and security of Wake Robin residents and staff are ALWAYS our highest priority. Investigators said they found the ricin in a pill bottle half-filled with powder and labeled 'ricin'. If inhaled, ricin can cause difficulty breathing.
The FBI is charging Miller with "knowing possession of an unregistered biological agent, where such an agent is a select agent".
According to an Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit filed Thursday, November 30, 2017: On November 27, Betty Miller indicated to health care providers that she had attempted to poison other Wake Robin residents using homemade Ricin, which she had placed in multiple servings of other residents' food and beverages over a period of weeks.
The FBI determined that there was probable cause to to support a criminal complaint and issue and arrest warrant.
The results were also confirmed Wednesday morning after a test was done by the Vermont Department of Health. The U.S. Attorney says Miller carefully planned her crime and she is now pushing to keep Miller locked up while the investigation continues.
In a statement, Wake Robin President & CEO Patrick Mckee said Miller will not be welcome back to the community.
"No one is ill with ricin poisoning, and the danger for those who could have been exposed is over", said Ben Truman, a Health Department spokesman. Miller stated she made a decision to test the effectiveness of the Ricin on other residents of Wake Robin. If the deadly drug is ingested, symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, hallucinations, and seizures.
"This was an isolated incident". During the interview, authorities said Miller stated she "had an interest in plant-based poison and had conducted internet research on how to make them". The toxic substance was contained; no residents were evacuated.