TEXAS — A 46-year old woman was charged in a district court this week on six counts, including transportation of explosives with the intent to kill and injure, after mailing explosives to politicians from both parties.
Julia Poff, 46, is accused of mailing explosive devices last October. She sent them to former President Barack Obama and Texas Governor Greg Abbott. She also sent some to Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Calvin, according to court documents.
Abbott reportedly opened his package, but the device did not explode because he opened it incorrectly. If he had opened it correctly, he could have been severely burned or killed.
Authorities were able to trace the packages to Poff by way of a salad dressing cap used to make one of the devices and the hair from her cats that were in the package.
According to the court documents, Poff had stated she “did not like the president” and was “upset” with the governor, who was the Texas attorney general at the time, because she had not received support from her ex-husband.
Poff is also charged with false declaration of bankruptcy on two counts, as well as supplemental nutrition assistance program fraud.