April 23, 2008 |
A man suspected to have been poisoned by ricin found later in his hotel room was indicted in Las Vegas on federal charges that include possession of a biological toxin. Roger Bergendorff and his lawyer, Paul Riddle, did not appear when U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy A. Leen unsealed the indictment and scheduled Bergendorff for an arraignment and plea May 2, federal prosecutor Gregory Damm said. Bergendorff, 57, remained in jail. Leen had previously ordered him held without bail.
March 15, 2008 |
A man who may have been exposed to toxic ricin a month ago in his Las Vegas motel room has regained consciousness. Authorities say Roger Bergendorff, 57, remains in critical condition but is speaking with investigators. Bergendorff was hospitalized Feb. 14. Several vials of ricin powder were later found in his motel room.
March 3, 2008 |
As mysteries go, this one offers an intriguing trail of clues: A man who suddenly falls ill. A deadly toxin. Guns. An "anarchist-type textbook." Beyond the items found in Roger Von Bergendorff's motel room here, authorities have revealed little about how the 57-year-old ended up unconscious and in critical condition, possibly from exposure to the poisonous substance ricin. Von Bergendorff -- a graphic designer who was struggling financially -- was hospitalized on Feb.
March 2, 2008 |
Roger Von Bergendorff, a Las Vegas motel patron hospitalized after the potent poison ricin was found in his room, was "holding his own" in the hospital, according to a cousin. A down-on-his-luck Bergendorff had reportedly lived previously at the home of the cousin, Thomas Tholen, in Riverton, Utah. In a brief interview with the Associated Press, Tholen, 53, did not say more about Von Bergendorff or the Thursday discovery of several vials of ricin -- which is deadly in minuscule amounts -- in the man's extended-stay motel room on the Strip.
February 27, 2006 |
The FBI has determined a powdery substance found in a roll of quarters at a University of Texas dormitory was not ricin after initial state tests had indicated it was the potentially deadly poison, a spokesman said. The FBI tests did not identify the substance, but they came back negative for the poison, said San Antonio FBI spokesman Rene Salinas. "There were no proteins in there to indicate it was in fact ricin," Salinas said. He said it was unlikely further testing would be done.
February 26, 2006 |
A University of Texas student found a substance in a roll of quarters that initially tested positive for ricin, a potentially deadly poison, but more tests were needed to confirm the finding, officials said. The 19-year-old student, who said she unwrapped the powder in her Austin dormitory room Thursday, and her roommate were checked at a hospital for potential exposure to the poison, although neither had any symptoms, officials said.