Anthrax Suspect: Sociopathic, Homicidal; Daschle Calls for Answers After Ivins Suicide
Update: a startling revelation from the New York Times: " Bruce E. Ivins arrived last month for a group counseling session at a psychiatric center here in his hometown with a startling announcement: Facing the prospect of murder charges, he had bought a bulletproof vest and a gun as he contemplated killing his co-workers at the nearby Army research laboratory."
The Times also offers a piece on how these new revelations are affecting those who lost loved ones or were themselves sickened during the anthrax attacks.
Original post follows.
The mystery of Bruce Ivins, who committed suicide just before federal investigators arrested him for sending deadly anthrax in the mail, continues as a social worker's statements and psychiatristic records show a man with deadly intent. Sen. Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota, is calling for a total accounting by the FBI.
My question is-- how did a man with long-term, dangerous psychiatric problems like the ones alleged aboiut Ivins' get a job working with deadly anthrax? How could he pass a background investigation?
Indeed, someone has some 'splaining to do--and pronto. It's been seven years since the anthrax mailings killed five, shut down postal offices for years, and at points, almost paralyzed Congressional offices.
Earlier coverage is here.
Seven years after anthrax-laced letters terrorized an already frightened nation, a new suspect suddenly emerged in the public eye this week. But he was gone just as quickly, committing suicide before he could be charged with murder and adding another dramatic twist to the bizarre episode.
The government's working theory—that brilliant but troubled Army scientist Bruce E. Ivins released the anthrax to test his cure for the toxin—answers some of the questions, perhaps, but many details remain unclear.
"I think the FBI owes us a complete accounting of their investigation and ought to be able to tell us at some point, how we're going to bring this to closure," said former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota, whose office received a letter containing the deadly white powder in 2001. "It's been seven years, there's a lot of unanswered questions and I think the American people deserve to know more than they do today."