Incident Summary:

12/31/1985: Marjorie Reed set fire to the Toledo Medical Services in Toledo, Ohio, United States. There were no casualties but the building sustained $20,000 in damages.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Fire set in crawlspace

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 Toledo Medical Services
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 $20,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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 2:00 AM. Twelve hours earlier, there was a bomb threat at a different Toledo abortion clinic. There were two attacks against abortion clinics in Cincinnati, Ohio one day before the incident (198512300008 and 198512300009). Moreover, this was the third time in a two year period that Marjorie Reed set a fire at the Toledo Medical Services abortion clinic (198703080007 and 198706080015).
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.