Incident Summary:

12/10/1985: Dennis John Malvasi, Carl Cenera, Frank Wright, Jr., and Donald C. Pyor pled guilty to the bombing of the Manhattan Women's Medical Center in New York, United States. There were no casualties, but the bomb ignited a small fire and the building sustained minor damages.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:
Manhattan; Men's bathroom

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity
Specific Description Manhattan Women's Medical 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 Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Time Fuse
Weapon Details
Bomb consisting of a tube with explosive powder
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 bomb detonated at 3:35 PM. In the twenty minutes preceding the bombing, two threat were called to the abortion clinic warning of the impending attack. The clinic was being evacuated when the bomb went off. This was the first attack against an abortion clinic in New York City.
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 Is Bombed," New York Times, December 11, 1985.
Samuel G. Freedman, "Bombings Reveal a Life of Zealotry, Pain," The Milwaukee Journal, May 17, 1987.
Todd S. Purdum, "A Day After Cardinal's Appeal, Bombing Suspect Surrenders," New York Times, February 25, 1987.