Last week 11 gay bars in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district received threatening letters that said patrons would be poisoned with ricin, according to CNN. This chemical occurs in castor beans and are fatal if ingested or inhaled.
Police continue to investigate the letters and have no evidence that the threats are real.
The letters stated, “I have in my possession approximately 67 grams of ricin with which I will indiscriminately target at least five of you clients. … I expect them to die painfully while in the hospital.”
Originally, the area was scared about the threats but have now become defiant. The bars have posted signs that read, “Do not leave drink unattended.” Friday night, hundreds of people joined in an organized pub crawl to support the bars.