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2008-08-07 09:00:04

By Lara Jakes Jordan and Matt Apuzzo Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The murder weapon was a flask. Army scientist Bruce Ivins was the anthrax killer whose mailings took five lives and rattled the nation in 2001, prosecutors asserted Wednesday, alleging he had in his lab a container of the lethal, highly purified spores involved and access to the distinctive envelopes used to mail them. Making its points against Ivins, a brilliant yet deeply troubled man who committed suicide last week,...

2008-08-07 06:00:03

By Donna Leinwand, Ken Dilanian, Steve Sternberg and Dan Vergano WASHINGTON -- On several nights before the anthrax attacks in September and October 2001, bioweapons scientist Bruce Ivins repeatedly spent long periods alone in a secure laboratory that housed a strain of the lethal bacteria. He later "could provide no legitimate reason" for his after-hours work to investigators, who used new DNA technology to match the specific strain of spores in Ivins' lab with the one used in the attacks....

2008-08-06 09:00:03

Seven years after the probe started, the FBI is said to be ready to go public with documents and explanations about its investigation into the fatal anthrax attacks that still has no definitive culprit. The bureau, working with universities and research labs, by all accounts did a brilliant job of forensic science in narrowing the source of the anthrax. Unfortunately the shoe leather part of the investigation didn't match the cutting edge science. Last month the Justice department agreed...

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2008-08-05 12:00:00

Survivors of the 2001 anthrax attacks and relatives of those killed by the deadly powder said yesterday that they want a full accounting from the FBI of its investigation to date, and they are not yet convinced that Bruce Ivins, the government scientist who killed himself last week, was responsible. Federal authorities are expected to meet this week with the victims' families in Washington to discuss their investigation, after which the FBI could close its nearly seven-year-old anthrax case...

2008-08-05 09:00:03

By Lara Jakes Jordan and Matt Apuzzo Associated Press WASHINGTON -- His decades-long obsession with a college sorority may link a former Army biowarfare scientist to four anthrax-laced letters dropped off at a New Jersey mailbox in 2001, authorities said Monday in the latest twist of one of the most bizarre unsolved crimes in FBI history. U.S. officials said Bruce Ivins' fixation with Kappa Kappa Gamma could explain one of the biggest mysteries in the case: why the anthrax was mailed from...

2008-08-05 06:00:03

By Scott Shane The evidence amassed by FBI investigators against Bruce Ivins, the army scientist who killed himself last week after learning that he would probably be charged in the anthrax letter attacks of 2001, was largely circumstantial, and a grand jury in Washington was planning to hear several more weeks of testimony before issuing an indictment, a person who has been briefed on the investigation said. While genetic analysis had linked the anthrax letters to a supply of the deadly...

2008-08-04 09:00:03

By Lara Jakes Jordan Associated Press WASHINGTON -- DNA taken from the bodies of people killed in the 2001 anthrax attacks helped lead investigators to Bruce Ivins, who oversaw the highly specific type of toxin in an Army lab, a government scientist said Sunday. Using new genome technology, researchers looked at samples of cells from the victims to identify the kind of anthrax Ames strain that killed them, the scientist said. They noticed very subtle differences in the DNA of the strain...

2008-08-02 15:00:02

MIAMI - Those who lived through the deadly 2001 anthrax mailings at a South Florida media company said yesterday's news that a government researcher suspected in the attacks had killed himself came as a surprise and relief. "I'm feeling a sense of relief that the madman who may have done this was finally identified and brought to some kind of justice," said Joseph West, a former Sun editor at American Media Inc. in Boca Raton, Fla. West used to sit across from Bob Stevens, a 63-year-old...

2008-08-02 09:00:02

By Luther Turmelle and Michelle Tuccitto Sullo, New Haven Register, Conn. Aug. 2--Connecticut residents were filled with a mix of relief and skepticism over Friday's news that there may have been a macabre resolution to who was behind the 2001 anthrax attacks that k i l l e d a n elderly Oxford w o m a n a n d left workers at a Wallingford postal facility in a state of high anxiety for months. Federal prosecutors investigating the attacks were preparing to indict Bruce E. Ivins, a top...

2008-08-02 00:00:02

By Rupert Cornwell A LEADING army microbiologist suspected of being behind the anthrax mailings in the US in autumn 2001 has apparently committed suicide, it emerged yesterday - just as federal prosecutors were preparing to bring capital charges against him for the attacks, which killed five people and infected 17 others. The death of Bruce Ivins, a 62-year-old research specialist at the government's biodefence laboratory in Maryland, 40 miles north of Washington, was first reported by...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.