Incident Summary:

8/13/1982: Donald Benny Anderson, Matthew Moore and Wayne Moore kidnapped Dr. Hector Zevallos and his wife Rosalie Jean from their home in Edwardsville, Illinois, United States. Dr. Zevallos was the director of the Hope Clinic for Women in nearby Granite City, Illinois. The perpetrators, claiming to be part of the Army of God, demanded that President Ronald Reagan denounce abortion as a requirement for the release of the doctor and his wife. Eight days after the original kidnapping, Hector and Rosalie Zevallos were freed unharmed.



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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity Hope Clinic for Women Ltd.
Specific Description Dr. Hector Zevallos - the director of the Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City, Illinois - and his wife Rosalie Jean.
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 2
Days of Kidnapping 8
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Dr. Hector and Rosalie Jean Zevallos were held at gunpoint and blindfolded.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information Donald Benny Anderson and Mathew Moore carried out attacks at three abortion clinics in the two months before this incident (198205290002, 198205290003, and 198206060005). Dr. Zevallos and his wife were held in the basement of an abandoned National Guard munitions bunker. The perpetrators forced Dr. Zevallos to make two calls to Federal authorities in which Zevallos directed the Feds to an audiotape in a park in St. Louis that stated the Army of God's message to President Reagan. Dr. Zevallos was able to convince his abductors to let him go free by claiming that he would close the abortion facility. The Hope Clinic for Women had previously been the target of many protests.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Army of God Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
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
"Untitled," Associated Press, August 18, 1982.
Nathaniel Sheppard Jr., "Abortion Doctor and Wife Are Freed," New York Times, August 21, 1982.
"Around the Nation: Third Suspect Arrested In Kidnapping of Doctor," New York Times, November 25, 1982.