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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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."
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."
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
Arrest and guilty plea
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)
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."
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
with Charles Stone, Hunting Eric Rudolph (Berkley Books,
2005), ISBN 0425199363
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 --
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
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
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
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
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
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.
19 Sep 1966
27 Jul 1996
Bombing, Atlanta. Alice Hawthorne is killed and 111 others are
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
7 Feb 1998
recovered, Murphy NC.
14 Feb 1998
against Rudolph for the Birmingham clinic bombing.
7 Mar 1998
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
placed on Ten Most Wanted list.
31 May 2003
Rudolph arrested as he rummages through a dumpster, Murphy NC.
11 Dec 2003
John Ashcroft authorizes prosecutors to seek the death penalty.
Eric Rudolph charged
in Centennial Olympic Park Bombing
Also Charged with
Bombings at North Atlanta Clinic and Atlanta Nightclub
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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