Incident Summary:

09/26/1973: Byron de la Beckwith was arrested on Interstate 10 on his way into New Orleans in the United States, for transporting a ticking bomb, which was allegedly meant to kill the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League , A.I. Botnick. Allegedly, Beckwith was headed for Botnick's house at the time he was stopped at a roadblock by police.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


New Orleans

Location Details:
Interstate 10 on the way into New Orleans

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, A.I. Botnick
Specific Description home of Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, A.I. Botnick
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Time Fuse
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
White supremacists/nationalists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Bruce Nolan, "Beckwith dies as a prisoner; Racist murderer eluded justice for decades in Miss." Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA), January 23, 2001.
David Stout, "Byron De La Beckwith Dies; Killer of Medgar Evers Was 80," New York Times, January 23, 2001.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.