Did you see that a top US government scientist who helped to investigate America’s deadly 2001 anthrax attacks has killed himself just as he was about to be charged in the case, in an extraordinary and unexpected twist to the biggest criminal investigation in US history. Bruce Ivins, 62, who had worked for 18 years at the US Government’s biodefence research laboratory in Fort Detrick, Maryland, died from an overdose of painkillers after being told that the Justice Department was about to charge him over the attacks, which brought fresh terror to the US days after the September 11 atrocity.
Spore-laden letters were posted on September 18 and October 9, 2001, to media organisations in New York and Florida and to the offices of Tom Daschle, then the Senate Democratic leader, and a colleague, Senator Patrick Leahy, of Vermont.
One of the five people killed was Bob Stevens, a British picture editor from Berkshire who worked in Boca Raton, Florida. Two postal workers, a New York hospital worker and an elderly woman in Connecticut also died. The Senate, House of Representatives and the Supreme Court building were shut down.
The original mad scientist?