Local man made ricin to kill himself

Josh Briggs
Managing Editor

A Saline County man admitted to making ricin at is home during testimony Thursday in federal court.

According to reports, Alexander Joseph Jordan, 21, said he got the idea after watching the hit television series “Breaking Bad.”

Local and federal authorities, including military personnel, surrounded Jordan’s home Feb. 23 in reference to possible ricin being located inside the residence.

Initially, officers responded to the home in the 2000 block of Horseshoe Loop in reference to a medical call.

On Thursday, FBI Special Agent Katie Rowbotham testified that the defendant called 911 on Feb. 22, complaining of chest pains and suicidal thoughts.

Rowbotham testified that after arriving at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Jordan said he had ingested ricin.

Rowbotham immediately relayed that information to authorities at Jordan’s home, saying that there was “stuff in there of mass destruction.”

Jordan said he used a number of ingredients and a blender to make two jars of ricin mix.

Officers with the Little Rock Police Department located the jars and an envelope and printed information about ricin. A blender at the residence also tested positive for ricin as well.

During an interview, Jordan reportedly said he “just wanted to see if I could do it,” adding that he wanted to “prove that I wasn’t useless.”

Jordan also said he used his computer to research how to make the deadly substance, adding that he wanted to ingest the ricin and kill himself.

Jordan was released from jail to the custody of his stepfather. He was ordered to be taken directly to inpatient psychiatric treatment and to be placed into a facility where a psychiatric and psychological exam can be performed.