Cat Hair Helps Indict a Texas Woman Accused of Mailing Bombs to Obama

Posted by Jason Sarna
Julia Poff cat

Cat hair gets everywhere, and I mean everywhere!

According to CBS News, a Texas woman who mailed homemade bombs to President Obama and Texas Governor Greg Abbott in 2016 was incited earlier this month on six counts, including mailing injurious articles and transporting explosives with the intent to kill and injure.

The indictment obtained by CBS affiliate KHOU says that the 46-year-old Texan, Julia Poff, didn't like Obama and was upset with Abbott because "she had not received support from her ex-husband."

One of the key pieces of evidence directly connecting Poff to the crime was a cat hair, which was found under the shipping label of the package sent to Obama. According to the indictment, the cat hair matched the hair of one of Poff's cats.

According to the indictment, Abbott actually opened the package but the device didn't explode. If it did explode, it could have caused "severe burns and death."


Poff is also accused of mailing an explosive device to the Social Security Administration in Maryland. She is being held at the Houston federal detention center. Her attorney, Ashley Kaper, declined to comment as of yet.

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Cat Hair Helps Indict a Texas Woman Accused of Mailing Bombs to Obama