2001 anthrax attacks

terrorist attack in the United States

The 2001 Anthrax attacks were a series of incidents in the United States. The attacks began on September 18, 2001 and lasted for several weeks.[1] Anthrax was spread through the mail. The anthrax spores were put in envelopes and sent to several news media offices and two U.S. senate offices.[2] 22 people were infected. Five people died.[1] It was believed that the person who was responsible for this was Dr. Bruce Edward Ivins. He was a senior biodefense researcher who was employed by the U.S. government. Ivins killed himself in 2008. He was not prosecuted for the crime but the evidence suggests that he acted alone in mailing the envelopes.[1]

2001 Anthrax attacks
DateSeptember 18, 2001 (2001-09-18) – October 12, 2001 (2001-10-12)
Attack type
WeaponsAnthrax bacteria
VictimsBob Stevens

Thomas Morris Jr.

Joseph Curseen

Kathy Nguyen

Ottilie Lundgren
AccusedBruce Edward Ivins
Steven Hatfill

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Timeline: How The Anthrax Terror Unfolded". NPR.org. Feb 15, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-08.
  2. "Amerithrax or Anthrax Investigation". Federal Bureau of Investigation.