Incident Summary:

12/25/1984: In a series of related attacks, Mathew Goldsby, James Simmons, Katherine Simmons, and Kaye Wiggins bombed a clinic owned by Doctor William Permenter, a gynecologists who performed abortions in Pensacola, Florida, United States. There were no casualties but the building sustained 100,000 in damages.



United States

North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity
Specific Description Clinic owned by Dr. William Permenter
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 $162,500.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Sophisticated bomb
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 incident occurred around 3:30 AM. This is part of a multiple attack with 198412250009 and 198412250010. All three bombs detonated within an eleven minute period.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Abortion extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
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
"Abortion Clinic and 2 Doctors' Offices in Pensacola, Fla., Bombed," New York Times, December 26, 1984.
Bill Kazoo, "Untitled," Associated Press, December 30, 1984.
"Chronological History of Arsons and Bombings Against Abortion Providers," National Abortion Federation.