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FBI Releases Psychological
Profile Of Anthrax Killers
A Chalomumbai, Correspondent
11-11-1

Hoping for help from the public, the FBI released a psychological profile of the anthrax killer as a "loner" whose habits and comments may have tipped off people who had contact with him.
 
The suspect may have seemed uninterested in the September 11 terrorist attacks as he prepared his anthrax-laden letters, then suddenly immersed himself in media coverage of the breaking anthrax terror, the FBI said.
 
Did the suspect fear the FBI was closing in? "He might have watched as much TV a he could in an attempt to learn as much as he could about what we knew," FBI behavior analyst Jim Fitzgerald said on Friday. In seeking the public's help, Fitzgerald also said the anthrax suspect may have uttered "previous expressions of contempt" for the intended victims or made threats. The sick and dying postal workers may have been unintended victims and could have been a surprise to the suspect, who might have reacted openly to the development, said Fitzgerald.
 
The bureau's carefully hedged assessment is that the anthrax attacks were committed by "an individual adult male" of indeterminate age from "his 20s on up," a person who is "standoffish."
 
The person has a scientific background, but as to whether he is a "PhD biochemist, ... a lab technician," the FBI doesn't know Fitzgerald said.
 
Fitzgerald said the FBI has interviewed a number of people who sent dangerous things through the mail over the years, and "this person is somewhat like a serial bomber - a biobomber."
 
Although the suspect is a loner, he "may be involved in a relationship that is self-serving for him," he said.
 
 
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