Incident Summary:

3/4/1984: Curtis Beseda firebombed the Family Practice Clinic in Bellingham, Washington, United States. There were no casualties but the building sustained $60,000 in damages.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



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 Family Practice Clinic
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 $60,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Homemade firebomb
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information This incident took place at 4:30 PM. Curtis Beseda set fires at an abortion clinic in Everett, Washington on three separate occasions (198312030005, 198404190011, and 198403260022). Beseda pled guilty and was sentenced to ten years in prison.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Abortion extremists 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
"Man Admits Setting Fires at Abortion Clinics," Associated Press, November 10, 1984.
"Bail Set For Suspect in Everett Clinic Fire," Eugene Register-Guard, July 21, 1984.
"Abortion Clinic Attacks," Washington Post, January 6, 1985.