Radicalized on social networks

Radicalized on social networks

The woman from Longueuil who sent a letter containing ricin to the American president could have been radicalized by extreme left movements, according to sources contacted by our Bureau of Investigation.

One of the currents of thought to which Pascale Ferrier could have adhered would be linked to a pro-immigration movement, relate these same sources, who requested anonymity.

The woman from France is said to have become radicalized, in particular by attending different groups on social networks.

The Ottawa division of the Integrated National Security Team that is leading the Canadian portion of the investigation, in conjunction with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also believes the Canadian resident has mental health issues.

“Tyrannical clown”

According to court documents that were filed before the indictment of the resident of the borough of Saint-Hubert, the letter containing the substance 6,000 times more deadly than cyanide was detected by the US Secret Services at 9 a.m. last Friday. in the mail sorting room of the White House.

“I found a new name for you: 'The Hideous Tyrannical Clown', I hope you like it,” read the letter posted from Canada and bearing the signature “Free Rebel Spirit”.

FBI research shows that Ferrier used the same words on September 9 on social media Twitter and Facebook, however adding this reference: “#killTrump”.

The author also claims that if the poison intended for Donald Trump did not discourage him from dropping his candidacy for the next presidential elections, she would go to the United States with her guns … and that is exactly what she did. .


The evidence before the judge maintains that two days after his letter was received at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Ferrier attempted to cross the Canada-US border at Buffalo, telling the customs officer: “I am wanted by the FBI for the letters. with ricin ”.

She had a loaded handgun and a knife on her belt.

The Americans did not take long to find Pascale Cécile Véronique Ferrier, a French immigrant who has Canadian nationality.


According to the testimony of FBI Special Agent Jonathan Preston, who calls himself an expert in “weapons of mass destruction”, Ferrier's fingerprints were found on other mail sent to Texas during the same period.

She had previously been arrested on March 13, 2019 in the locality of Mission, Texas, for possession of unregistered weapons and a forged driver's license.

It was by cross-checking the fingerprints found on the letters and those in the FBI's databases that the American police would have identified the suspect.

Excerpts from the letter to Trump

“You are ruining the United States and leading it to disaster. I have American cousins and I don't want them to spend the next four years with you as president. “

“Withdraw your candidacy for the elections. I made a gift that will inspire you to do so. The gift is in this letter. If that doesn't work, I'll find a better recipe for another poison, or maybe use my weapons when I can come. “

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