According to documents in the case, carried by a court in Houston and released today by the local media, the bomb packages sent by the woman, identified as Julia Poff, 46, could have mutilated or even killed Obama and the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott.
A Texan woman has been accused of trying to assassinate Barack Obama when he was president (2009-2017) and the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, sending them two homemade bomb packages.
According to documents in the case, carried by a court in Houston and released today by the local media, the bomb packages sent by the woman, identified as Julia Poff, 46, could have mutilated or even killed Obama and Abbott.
In Abbott’s case, he was instructed to open the package that was sent to him.
A Pall Mall cigarette packet and a salad dressing cap were used to make the bomb. It was found to have originated from Poff ’ s home . The device did not explode because Abbott did not open it.
There was a third package that Poff sent to the Social Security Administration and that wasn’t opened either.
The packages were shipped in October of last year, before the elections that brought Republican Donald Trump to the White House.
The woman reportedly was furious with federal, state and Social Security authorities for pension related issues and because she had been denied an official subsidy.
The clues obtained with the same explosive packages, including the Pall Mall cigarette packet and the salad dressing cap, led the investigators to Poff’s place.
Detectives determined that the cigarette package had been purchased at a gas station near the woman’s house in Brookshire, Texas, about 50 kilometers from Houston, and that the cap was bought by Poff for an “anniversary dinner”.
But the final proof was a hair attached to the label of one of the bomb packages, specifically the one sent to Obama, which turned out to belong to one of the women’s cats.
At Poff’s home, the police also found a large number of fireworks and black powder used in making the explosives.
In addition to the accusation of attempted murder, Poff is accused of fraud when filing bankruptcy and the sale of fake nutritional supplements.
The woman, who pleaded not guilty, could be sentenced to more than ten years in prison if convicted.