Incident Summary:

12/30/1985: In a series of related attacks, John Brockhoeft ignited a fire at the Women's Heath Care Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. There were no casualties but the abortion clinic sustained $75,000 in damages.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Fire set in basement of building

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 Women's Health 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 $75,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
Flammable liquid poured on basement floor and ignited on fire.
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 is part of a multiple incident with (198512300008). Both attacks occurred around 2:30 AM. One day later, a fire was set at an abortion clinic in Toledo, Ohio (198512310002).
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
Sue Cross, "Arson Suspected In Third Ohio Clinic Fire," Associated Press, December 31, 1985.
"Ohio Abortion Clinic Fire 3rd Such Blaze in 2 Days," Chicago Sun-Times, January 1, 1986.
"Clinic Fires in Ohio and N.C. Compared," Wilmington Morning Star, January 4, 1986.