A television actress and mother of five framed her husband in a plot that could have come out of a poorly scripted drama.
Shannon Richardson, who appeared in bit parts in shows like "The Walking Dead" and the "Vampire Diaries," sent a ricin-laced letter to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Obama. Richardson then attempted to lead investigators to her husband, Nathaniel, as the one behind the letters, claiming that she found evidence of ricin production materials in her refrigerator.
Although authorities initially considered the husband a suspect, eventually inconsistencies in Richardson's story, a failed polygraph and evidence that disqualified Nathaniel as a the culprit led investigators to the truth.
Though police discovered the true perpetrator early in this case, justice isn't always so swift in situations involving false accusations. Being framed for a crime you didn't commit can be a nightmare that the whole world has to wake up from before you're free. Take a look at other people who were set up for crimes they didn't commit.