- Hoping for help from the public, the FBI released a
profile of the anthrax killer as a "loner" whose habits and
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
immersed himself in media coverage of the breaking anthrax terror, the
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
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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