Incident Summary:

5/29/1982: In a series of multiple attacks, Donald Benny Anderson and Mathew Moore, who claimed to be part of the Army of God, set fire to the St. Petersburg Women's Health Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States. There were no casualties but the building was destroyed resulting in $122,000 in damages.

GTD ID:
198205290002

When:
1982-05-29

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Florida

City:
St. Petersburg

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity
Specific Description St. Petersburg Women's Health Center
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage $122,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
Gasoline poured over furniture and ignited.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information This is part of a multiple attack with 198205290003. The incidents took place one hour apart. Donald Benny Anderson and Mathew Moore pled guilty to two other incidents, as well, and were given thirty year prison terms (198206060005 and 198208130005).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Army of God No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
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
Sources
"Abortion Clinic Attacks," Washington Post, January 6, 1985."
"Bill Curry, "Against Abortion: Clinic Fires a Holy War, Bomber Says," Los Angeles Times, January 11, 1985."
"Editorials: Encouraging Terrorists," St. Petersburg Times, January 24, 1986."