Incident Summary:

1/30/1990: Unknown perpetrators sent a mail bomb to Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, United States. The package was addressed to John Osteen, the pastor of the church. The device detonated when Lisa Osteen, the pastor's daughter, opened the package. She was wounded but survived her injuries.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
3700 Southwest Freeway

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Christian Evangelist
Specific Description John Osteen
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Letter Bomb
Weapon Details
Shoebox sized pipe bomb filled with large nails wrapped in a package
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 10:40 AM. The package was mailed on January 26, 1990. Authorities believe that this incident is connected with the mail bombing of Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network on April 27, 1990 (199004270007). Both devices listed a return address from Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Mary Schlangenstein, "Pipe Bomb Injures Minister's Daughter at Church," United Press International, January 30, 1990.
"Similarities Noted Between Two Religious Bombings," Associated Press, April 29, 1990.
Mitchell Miller, "Letter Bomb Addressed to Robertson Injures One," United Press International, April 27, 1990.