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Eric Robert RUDOLPH

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 


A.K.A.: "The Olympic Park Bomber"
 
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: American terrorist
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: July 27, 1996 / January 29, 1998
Date of arrest: May 30, 2003
Date of birth: September 19, 1966
Perfil víctimas: Off-duty police officer Robert Sanderson / Alice Hawthorne, 44
Method of murder: Bombs made of dynamite surrounded by nails which acted as shrapnel
Location: Georgia/Alabama, USA
Status: Sentenced to life in prison without parole - four consecutive life sentences plus 120 years - on August 24, 2005
 
 

 
 

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Rudolph Sentenced To Life In Prison

August 24, 2005

Victims of Eric Rudolph's bombs confronted him in court Monday, describing him as a small man who cowardly fled amid his carnage, before a judge sentenced him to life in prison.

Just before his sentence was handed down, Rudolph apologized to the victims of the 1996 Olympics blast in Atlanta, saying "I would do anything to take that night back."

He said he had wanted to anger and embarrass the federal government because it does not prohibit abortions, and that he wanted to harm only government workers.

"I can't begin to truly understand the pain that I have inflicted on these innocent people," Rudolph said, reading a statement. "To those victims, I apologize."

Rudolph addressed the court after 14 victims and relatives told of the horror he caused and their wishes that he suffer for the rest of his days. A 10-minute video tribute to Alice Hawthorne, the woman killed in the Olympics blast, also was shown.

Monday would have been the 18th wedding anniversary for John and Alice Hawthorne.

"Every anniversary has been filled with anger, weeping and sorrow, but this anniversary brings to an end a very painful and emotional chapter in this family," Hawthorne told Rudolph in a packed courtroom. "This is the day Alice can rest, for justice is finally being served."

Rudolph was sentenced to life in prison without parole - four consecutive life sentences plus 120 years - and $2.3 million in restitution for a series of bombings across the South, including the Olympics blast and two other bombings in the Atlanta area. Last month, he was sentenced to life in prison for a deadly explosion in Birmingham, Ala.

"I do take some professional satisfaction of being part of a process that prevents you from killing or hurting anybody else," U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell told Rudolph as he announced the sentence.

The Olympics bombing killed Alice Hawthorne, 44, of Albany, Ga., and injured 111. A 1998 bombing at a women's clinic in Birmingham, Ala., killed a police officer and maimed a nurse. The other Atlanta bombs, detonated in 1997 at an abortion clinic and a gay nightclub, injured 11.

Rudolph was identified after the Birmingham blast and spent the next five years hiding out in the mountains of western North Carolina. He was captured in 2003 while scavenging for food behind a grocery store in Murphy, N.C.

Prosecutors and the former soldier struck a deal: They wouldn't seek the death penalty and he would tell them where to find more than 250 pounds of stolen dynamite he had buried.

Rudolph smirked and rolled his eyes during Monday's testimony by some of the victims, especially those refuting his anti-abortion, anti-homosexual beliefs. He laughed under his breath when one of the victims said it was appropriate that when authorities finally found Rudolph he was scavenging for food from a trash container.

In response to Rudolph's previous claims that he was motivated by his hatred of abortion and the federal government's tolerance for the practice, Hawthorne called him a coward for trying to kill others in the name of the anti-abortion movement.

"You are a very small man, and like other men (of small stature), you have a Napoleonic complex and a need to compensate for what you lack," Hawthorne said Monday in court. "Small man, big bomb."

Rudolph will serve his sentence at the maximum security federal prison in Florence, Colo. The prison about 90 miles southeast of Denver also is home to Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber; Richard Reid, who tried to ignite a shoe bomb on a trans-Atlantic flight; and Terry Nichols, who helped carry out the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

Many of those injured at Olympic Park had said they decided not to attend the sentencing, partly because Rudolph turned the earlier sentencing in Alabama into a forum for his anti-abortion, anti-gay views, and partly because they believe it's time to move on.

"I don't need to be there. I can hear about it," said Calvin Thorbourne of Austell, whose legs were hit by shrapnel. "It's always going to be part of my life, but I've always felt justice would be served."


Eric Robert Rudolph (born September 19, 1966), also known as the Olympic Park Bomber, is an American terrorist responsible for a series of bombings across the southern United States between 1996 and 1998, which killed two people and injured at least 150 others. The Federal Bureau of Investigation considers him a terrorist.

As a teenager Rudolph was taken by his mother to a Church of Israel compound in 1984; it is connected to the Christian Identity movement. Rudolph has denied that his crimes were religiously or racially motivated, Rudolph has also called himself a Roman Catholic in "the war to end this holocaust" (in reference to abortion).

He spent years on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives until he was caught in 2003. In 2005, as part of a plea bargain, Rudolph pled guilty to numerous federal and state homicide charges and accepted five consecutive life sentences in exchange for avoiding a trial and a potential death sentence.

Early life

Rudolph was born on September 19, 1966, in Merritt Island, Florida. His father Robert died in 1981, and Rudolph (then 15 years old) moved with his mother and siblings to Nantahala, Macon County, in southwestern North Carolina.

He attended ninth grade at the Nantahala School but dropped out after that year and worked as a carpenter with his older brother Daniel. His mother believed in survivalism and instilled this ideology in Rudolph.

After Rudolph received his GED, he attended Western Carolina University in Cullowhee for two semesters in 1985 and 1986. In August 1987, Rudolph enlisted in the U.S. Army, undergoing basic training at Fort Benning in Georgia.

He was discharged in January 1989 while serving with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell in Kentucky, reportedly for smoking marijuana. In 1988, the year before his discharge, Rudolph had attended the Air Assault School at Fort Campbell. He never rose above the rank of Private E-1.

Bombings

Of the bombings committed by Rudolph, the most notorious was the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta on July 27, 1996, during the 1996 Summer Olympics. The blast killed spectator Alice Hawthorne and wounded 111 others.

Hawthorne had attended the Olympics with her daughter because she wanted to watch the American basketball team. Melih Uzunyol, a Turkish cameraman who ran to the scene following the blast, died of a heart attack. Rudolph's motive for the bombings, according to his April 13, 2005 statement, was political:

In the summer of 1996, the world converged upon Atlanta for the Olympic Games. Under the protection and auspices of the regime in Washington millions of people came to celebrate the ideals of global socialism. Multinational corporations spent billions of dollars, and Washington organized an army of security to protect these best of all games. Even though the conception and purpose of the so-called Olympic movement is to promote the values of global socialism, as perfectly expressed in the song "Imagine" by John Lennon, which was the theme of the 1996 Games even though the purpose of the Olympics is to promote these despicable ideals, the purpose of the attack on July 27 was to confound, anger and embarrass the Washington government in the eyes of the world for its abominable sanctioning of abortion on demand.

The plan was to force the cancellation of the Games, or at least create a state of insecurity to empty the streets around the venues and thereby eat into the vast amounts of money invested.

His plan was unsuccessful. The Olympic organizers did not even cancel the day's events.

Rudolph has also confessed to the bombings of an abortion clinic in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs on January 16, 1997, a gay and lesbian nightclub, the Otherside Lounge, in Atlanta on February 21, 1997, injuring five, and an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama on January 29, 1998, killing officer Robert Sanderson and critically injuring nurse Emily Lyons. Rudolph's bombs were made of dynamite surrounded by nails which acted as shrapnel.

He is said to have targeted the health clinic and office building because abortions were performed there, and targeted the Otherside Lounge because it was a predominantly lesbian nightclub.

It has been alleged that Rudolph is an adherent of the extremist group Christian Identity, a white supremacist sect that holds that white Christians are God's chosen people, and that others will be condemned to Hell.

However, in a statement released after he entered a guilty plea, Rudolph denied being a supporter of that movement, claiming that his involvement amounted to a brief association with the daughter of a Christian Identity adherent. He also clearly named himself as a Catholic and said he hoped to stay one.

Yet in one of the over 200 undated letters provided to USA Today by Rudolph's mother, Rudolph states that, "I really prefer Nietzsche to the Bible."

Fugitive

Rudolph was first identified as a suspect in the Alabama bombing by the Department of Justice on February 14, 1998. He was named as a suspect in the three Atlanta incidents on October 14, 1998.

On May 5, 1998, he became the 454th Fugitive listed by the FBI on the Ten Most Wanted list. The FBI considered him to be armed and extremely dangerous, and offered a $1,000,000 reward for information leading directly to his arrest. He spent more than five years in the Appalachian wilderness as a fugitive, during which federal and amateur search teams scoured the area without success.

It is thought that Rudolph had the assistance of sympathizers while evading capture. Some in the area were vocal in support of him. Two country music songs were written about him and a locally top-selling T-shirt read: "Run Rudolph Run." Many Christian Identity adherents are outspoken in their support of Rudolph; the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights group, notes that "extremist chatter on the Internet has praised Rudolph as 'a hero' and some followers of hate groups are calling for further acts of violence to be modeled after the bombings he is accused of committing."

The identification and pursuit of Rudolph was characterized by several bizarre incidents. The Justice Department was forced to apologize to Richard Jewell, whom they first hailed as a hero in the Olympic bombing, and later falsely identified as a suspect.

On March 7, 1998, Daniel Rudolph, Eric's older brother, videotaped himself cutting off one of his own hands with an electric saw in order to "send a message to the FBI and the media." The hand was successfully reattached.

Arrest and guilty plea

Rudolph was finally arrested in Murphy, North Carolina, on May 31, 2003, by chance by a rookie police officer as he scavenged for food in a garbage can behind a Sav-A-Lot store. To the surprise of many in law enforcement, he was unarmed and did not resist arrest.

When arrested, he was clean shaven, with a trimmed mustache, and wearing new sneakers, indicating to some that he possibly spent some of his time on the run being harbored by supporters. Federal authorities charged him on October 14, 2003. Despite his reputed anti-Semitism, Rudolph was defended by a Jewish attorney, Richard S. Jaffe, who said he knew about his client's supposed beliefs but that Rudolph didn't have a problem with his Jewish faith.

On April 8, 2005, the U.S. Justice Department announced that Rudolph had agreed to plead guilty in all the attacks he was accused of executing, thus avoiding the death penalty. The deal was confirmed after the FBI found 250 pounds (113 kg) of dynamite he had hidden in the forests of North Carolina. His revelation of the dynamite was a condition of his plea agreement. He made his pleas in person in courts in Birmingham and Atlanta on April 13. He also released a statement in which he explained his actions and rationalized them as serving the cause of anti-abortion and anti-gay activism.

In his statement, he claimed that he had "deprived the government of its goal of sentencing me to death," and that "the fact that I have entered an agreement with the government is purely a tactical choice on my part and in no way legitimates the moral authority of the government to judge this matter or impute my guilt."

The terms of the plea agreement were that Rudolph would be sentenced to four consecutive life terms. He was officially sentenced July 18, 2005, to two consecutive life terms without parole for the 1998 murder of a police officer. He was sentenced for his various bombings in Atlanta on August 22, 2005, receiving three consecutive life terms.

On August 22, 2005, Rudolph was sent to the ADX Florence supermax federal prison, the home of other notable criminals. Rudolph is Inmate # 18282-058 within the US federal prison system. Like other Supermax inmates, he spends 22˝ hours per day in his 80 ft2 (7.4 m2) concrete cell.

Alleged motivations

After Rudolph's arrest for the bombings, the Washington Post reported that the FBI considered Rudolph to have "had a long association with the radical Christian Identity movement, which asserts that North European whites are the direct descendants of the lost tribes of Israel, God's chosen people."

Christian Identity is a white supremacist sect that holds that those who are not white Christians will be condemned to Hell. In the same article, the Post reported that some FBI investigators believed Rudolph "may have written letters that claimed responsibility for the nightclub and abortion clinic bombings on behalf of the Army of God, a violent offshoot of Christian Identity."

In a statement released after he entered a guilty plea, Rudolph denied being a supporter of the Christian Identity movement, claiming that his involvement amounted to a brief association with the daughter of a Christian Identity adherent, later identified as Pastor Daniel Gayman. When asked about his religion he said, "I was born a Catholic, and with forgiveness I hope to die one." In other written statements, Rudolph has cited Biblical passages and offered religious motives for his militant opposition to abortion.

Some mainstream books and media outlets have portrayed Rudolph as a a "Christian Identity extremist" or a "Christian terrorist". Harpers Magazine, for instance, referred to him as a "Christian terrorist." The NPR radio program "On Point" referred to him as a "Christian Identity extremist." The Voice of America reported that Rudolph could be seen as part of an "attempt to try to use a Christian faith to try to forge a kind of racial and social purity."

Writing in 2004, authors Michael Shermer and Dennis McFarland saw Rudolph's story as an example of "religious extremism in America," warning that the phenomenon he represented was "particularly potent when gathered together under the umbrella of militia groups," whom they believe to have protected Rudolph while he was a fugitive.

However, Rudolph's actions are not now considered to be religiously motivated, as he wrote "Many good people continue to send me money and books. Most of them have, of course, an agenda; mostly born-again Christians looking to save my soul. I suppose the assumption is made that because I'm in here I must be a 'sinner' in need of salvation, and they would be glad to sell me a ticket to heaven, hawking this salvation like peanuts at a ballgame. I do appreciate their charity, but I could really do without the condescension. They have been so nice I would hate to break it to them that I really prefer Nietzsche to the Bible."

Writings from Prison

Although Bureau of Prisons regulations give wardens the right to restrict or reject correspondence by an inmate for "the protection of the public, or if it might facilitate criminal activity," including material "which may lead to the use of physical violence," essays which condone violence and militant action written by Rudolph, who is incarcerated in the most secure part of ADX Florence in Colorado, are being published by an Army of God anti-abortion activist who posts Rudolph's essays on an internet homepage dedicated to the terrorist and his social/political/religious philosophies and opinions.

While victims maintain that Rudolph's messages are harassment and could incite violence, according to Alice Martin, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama at the time of Rudolph's prosecution for the Alabama bombing, there is little the prison can do to restrict the publication of his letters. "An inmate does not lose his freedom of speech," she said.

However, the Justice Department in 2006 criticized the same prison for not properly screening the mail of three inmates convicted in the World Trade Center bombings after determining the men sent letters from the prison to suspected terrorists overseas.

References

Henry Schuster with Charles Stone, Hunting Eric Rudolph (Berkley Books, 2005), ISBN 0425199363

Wikipedia.org


Eric Rudolph

Christian terrorist

Sometimes people object to the phrase "Islamic terrorist." It's easy to find op-eds and message board postings full of indignation about the fact no one ever refers to Timothy McVeigh as a Christian terrorist.

Unfortunately for these well-intentioned bleeding hearts, there's a reason no one ever calls McVeigh a Christian terrorist -- namely, he wasn't one. Oops. McVeigh didn't go to church, he didn't preach the Word of God. Although he and his accomplice Terry Nichols received help from far-right Christian militia groups, neither was particularly religious himself (although Nichols converted after his arrest). Their motive for the Oklahoma City bombing was explicitly political, not religious.

That doesn't mean there's no such thing as a Christian terrorist, it just means people are idiots who don't bother to check facts before shooting off their mouths.

Eric Robert Rudolph is a shining example of the fact that religious killers come in every denomination. Born in 1966, Rudolph was raised in rural North Carolina by parents who were reportedly nuts. Rudolph was homeschooled, and his mother inculcated him with a hardcore survivalist ideology. He enlisted in the Army but got booted for smoking pot.

After the Army, Rudolph began living "off the grid," dealing in cash and refusing to put his name on utility bills, bank accounts and the like.

In the rural U.S., survivalism and crazy go together like toast and jam. Rudolph allegedly took up the beliefs of Christian Identity, an extremist sect whose primary belief is that white people are God's chosen people, and everyone else is doomed to an eternity in Hell. Christian Identity also preaches the evils of homosexuality, prostitution, abortion and general sexual unseemliness of all sorts.

Rudolph moved comfortably within white extremist circles, but it's not clear if he had formal ties to any specific group or network. He didn't take part in organized white power activities. He seems to have found only one outlet for his views -- violence.

Rudolph is accused of bombing a park adjacent to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, using an massive and elaborate pipe bomb loaded with nails and screws for extra killing power, an M.O. that was repeated in most of the cases now connected to Rudolph.

The bomb was hidden in a knapsack, which was found by security guard Richard Jewell before it detonated. The device went off while security teams were trying to evacuate the area, killing one woman and injuring more than 100. Presumably, the Olympics were targeted for a combination of multiracial and "New World Order" overtones.

Lacking any substantial leads, the police and media zeroed in on Jewell as a convenient scapegoat. Jewell was crucified in the press but eventually vindicated. In the meantime, Rudolph escaped scrutiny entirely, and he allegedly continued his bombing campaign before the dust of the Olympic bomb had settled.

Rudolph has yet to be convicted of a crime, but the list of charges against him is pretty impressive. After the Olympic bombing, incidents possibly connected to Rudolph include:

  • An October 1996 attempted pipe bombing at outside the Birmingham, Ala., police headquarters. The device was disabled by the bomb squad. (Rudolph hasn't been charged for this one and may not be connected.)

  • A January 1997 bombing attack at a women's clinic in Atlanta that provided abortion services, among other things, in which six people were injured in the course of two bombs detonating.

  • The February 1997 bombing of a gay nightclub in Atlanta, resulting in several injuries but no deaths.

  • A January 1998 bombing of a women's clinic that provided abortions in Birmingham.

Letters sent to authorities after the nightclub bombing and the Birmingham clinic attack claimed responsibility for the attack in the name of the "Army of God," which may or may not be an actual group. The letters were riddled with typos and purple prose. They read like they could have been written by al Qaeda, except that al Qaeda has a better command of the English language:

We declare and will wage total war on the ungodly communist regime in New York and your legaslative bureaucratic lackey's in Washington. It is you who are responsible and preside over the murder of children and issue the policy of ungodly preversion thats destroying our people.

Ironically, Rudolph was finally identified as a suspect by one of his few "on the grid" indulgences, when a witness to the 1998 bombing saw him flee the scene and noted his truck's license plate number. He was identified as a suspect in the other bombings by the similar explosive designs, including the use of nails and the planting of secondary bombs designed to hit emergency responders.

The FBI issued a $1 million reward for information leading to Rudolph's arrest. Police found his truck a month after the Birmingham bombing, near a rural North Carolina town. In July, Rudolph visited an old acquaintance from whom he acquired survivalist supplies. He told the man he was heading for the hills.

The man gave Rudolph a head start before contacting authorities, which allowed him to disappear into the North Carolina hills. In the interim, white supremacists and anti-government extremists began lionizing the fugitive, making him into a poster boy for the radical right.

Rudolph appears to have received ample assistance in his flight from the law, luckily for him. While his survivalist skills might have been better than average, Rudolph wasn't able to live entirely off the land, and he made occasional forays back into civilization.

By every account, Rudolph was good-looking and charismatic, and people helped him for any number of reasons. In North Carolina, he took on the status of a folk hero. Some helped him for his celebrity, others helped him because they didn't know who he was. He may also have received support from organized white supremacist sects, but no one has been able to prove that.

Rudolph had a good run, evading the FBI for more than five years, despite the fact that his general location was well-known to authorities. He was eventually tripped up by his reliance on non-survivalist crutches, such as occasional trips to the grocery store. In 2003, a rookie police officer caught Rudolph lurking behind a supermarket where he had been dumpster diving.

Rudolph is facing trial in Alabama first, and he's also been charged in the Atlanta bombings. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty, defense attorneys are seeking a miracle and have entered a "not guilty" plea. Either way, his first trial will extend well into 2005, or possibly beyond. Rudolph will likely end up being executed, either in Alabama or Georgia, possibly both if they can figure out a way to kill him twice.

Perhaps it's a cruel trick of fate that Rudolph's trial is getting started at the same time that construction teams are working to rebuild the destroyed Murrah Building in Oklahoma City in time for the 10th anniversary of the Waco-inspired bombing there, even as the Christian Identity crazies and their pals have been ramping up the propaganda machine to anoint Rudolph the next David Koresh.

Sure, Islamic terrorism has been getting all the press since September 11, but Christian terrorism is still alive and well. The only question is which one will be responsible for the next big bang. Stay tuned.

Timeline

19 Sep 1966 Eric Robert Rudolph born.
27 Jul 1996 Olympic Park Bombing, Atlanta. Alice Hawthorne is killed and 111 others are injured.
21 Feb 1997 Two bombs at the Otherside Lounge, a lesbian nightclub in Atlanta GA, one of which fails to detonate.
29 Jan 1998 A bomb at the New Woman All Women Clinic (where abortions are sometimes performed) explodes, killing off-duty police officer Robert Sanderson, Birmingham AL. Another person, Emily Lyons, is seriously wounded.
7 Feb 1998 Rudolph's truck recovered, Murphy NC.
14 Feb 1998 Charges filed against Rudolph for the Birmingham clinic bombing.
7 Mar 1998 Eric's brother, Daniel, cuts his hand off with a radial arm saw, videotaping the event in protest of his brother's... umm, something. Doctors reattach the hand for some strange reason -- clearly the man didn't want it.
5 May 1998 Eric Rudolph placed on Ten Most Wanted list.
31 May 2003 Fugitive Eric Rudolph arrested as he rummages through a dumpster, Murphy NC.
11 Dec 2003 Attorney General John Ashcroft authorizes prosecutors to seek the death penalty.

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Eric Rudolph charged in Centennial Olympic Park Bombing

Also Charged with Bombings at North Atlanta Clinic and Atlanta Nightclub

FBI.gov

Wednesday, October 14, 1998

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal authorities today charged Eric Robert Rudolph with the fatal bombing two years ago at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park, as well as the 1997 bombings at an Atlanta area health clinic and a nightclub, the Southeast Bomb Task Force announced.

In a criminal complaint filed today in Atlanta, together with a sealed affidavit, the Justice Department charged that the 32 year old resident of Murphy, North Carolina, was responsible for the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta on July 27, 1996, the double bombing at the Sandy Springs Professional Building in north Atlanta on January 16, 1997, and the double bombing at The Otherside Lounge in Atlanta on February 21, 1997. An arrest warrant was issued today for his arrest on these charges.

Rudolph, who authorities had previously sought for questioning in connection with the three bombings, was charged in February 1998, with the bombing at the New Woman All Women Health Care Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama on January 29. That bomb killed Birmingham police officer Robert Sanderson, and severely injured the clinic's head nurse, Emily Lyons.

"We are going to keep searching until we find him," said Attorney General Janet Reno in an announcement made today at the Justice Department.

Today's criminal complaint charges Rudolph with five counts of malicious use of an explosive in violation of federal law.

The first bombing incident occurred at Centennial Olympic Park, where thousands of visitors had gathered on the ninth day of the 1996 Summer Olympics. The bomb, placed near the main stage in the park, injured more than 100 people, many of them permanently, and killed Alice Hawthorne, a mother who had traveled to Atlanta with her daughter to see the Olympics. A Turkish cameraman, Melih Uzunyol, died of a heart attack responding to the blast.

"The fatal bombing in Atlanta was a terrorist attack aimed at thousands of innocent persons gathered at the Olympic Park," said Louis Freeh, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). "Within the FBI's Domestic Terrorism Program, there is no higher priority than the capture of Eric Robert Rudolph."

The second bombing incident was a double bombing that occurred at the Sandy Springs Professional Building in the Atlanta area in January 1997. The first bomb exploded at the back of the building, which houses the Atlanta Northside Family Planning Service, causing significant damage. The second bomb exploded in the parking lot about one hour later, as medical personnel, firefighters, police and other law enforcement officers worked to secure the scene and evacuate people from the area. Shrapnel from the bomb injured four people, and more than 50 others suffered blast effects.

"This bomber placed secondary bombs designed to kill and maim rescuers, paramedics, firefighters and police officers who rushed to the scene to help," said John W. Magaw, Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). "He didn't care who they were."

Finally, the third bombing incident occurred less than one month after the Sandy Springs bombings, at the Otherside Lounge, a nightclub in Atlanta. In that bombing, five people were injured when a bomb exploded behind the nightclub. A second explosive device was discovered, and the area was cleared, before it exploded. The second device had been placed on the side of the lounge, where medical personnel, firefighters, police and law enforcement agents would respond.

"The action today has special meaning to the citizens of Georgia," said Milton E. Nix, Jr., Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). "Since minutes after the first bomb detonated in Centennial Olympic Park, our State has expended significant resources in this investigation. Georgians have not lost sight of the fact that as a result of the Atlanta bombings an innocent mother was murdered, a Turkish visitor died and numerous others were injured, including public safety personnel who risked their lives to save hundreds of others from more serious injuries."

Since the bombings occurred, agents on the Southeast Bomb Task Force have interviewed thousands of witnesses and traced nearly every component of the bombs. The task force is comprised of the FBI, the ATF, the GBI, the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, the Birmingham Police Department and prosecutors from the Justice Department. Additionally, many other state and local law enforcement agencies have assisted the task force in the investigation.

The task force, which has three primary operational locations in Atlanta, Birmingham and Andrews, North Carolina, provides evidence to a team of federal prosecutors from U.S. Attorneys Offices in Birmingham and Atlanta, with support from the Western District of North Carolina.

"The partnership between the many law enforcement personnel and prosecutors working on this case has been a tremendous model of cooperation," said James E. Johnson, Treasury Under Secretary for Enforcement.

Rudolph has been a fugitive since shortly after the Birmingham bombing. Presently, agents are combing the mountainous region of the Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina, where Rudolph is believed to be hiding. Federal authorities have asked hunters, hikers and others going into the area to report any signs of Rudolph, but to avoid contact with him.

"The progress marked by the filing of today's complaint would never have been made without the hard work of all of the agents and prosecutors on the task force," added Reno.

Individuals with any information are encouraged to call the task force at 1-888-ATF-BOMB. There is a reward of up to $500,000 for information leading to a conviction in the case. Additionally, the Justice Department has authorized a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to Rudolph's arrest, and has placed him on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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