Incident Summary:

1/14/1984: Kenneth Shields, Thomas Spinks, and Michael Donald Bray were convicted of firebombing the Reproductive Care Center in Dover, Delaware, United States. The abortion clinic was destroyed resulting in over $100,000 in damages.

GTD ID:
198401140001

When:
1984-01-14

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Delaware

City:
Dover

Location Details:
Molotov cocktail thrown at front door of facility

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 Reproductive Care 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 $100,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Molotov cocktail
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information The incident occurred at 7:30 AM. Kenneth Shields, Thomas Spinks, and Michael Donald Bray claimed to be part of the Army of God.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Army of God No
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
Sources
"Abortion Clinic Attacks," Washington Post, January 6, 1985."
"How Safe Are Records of Clients at Planned Parenthood Clinics?" Times Daily, December 29, 1984."
"Chronological History of Arsons and Bombings Against Abortion Providers," National Abortion Federation."