Incident Summary:

4/27/1990: Unknown perpetrators sent a mail bomb to the Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States. The package was addressed to Reverend Pat Robertson who, at the time, had a television show on the station. The device was detonated when William Scheepers, a security guard, opened the package in the mailroom of the complex. Scheepers was wounded but survived his injuries.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Virginia Beach

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Christian Broadcasting Network
Specific Description Reverend Pat Robertson
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Letter Bomb
Weapon Details
Explosive device placed in a six inch 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 12:34 PM. The package was mailed on April 20, 1990. Authorities believe that this incident is connected with the mail bombing of John Onsteen's Lakewood Church on January 30, 1990 (J$). Both devices listed a return address from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Seven months later, a fake mail bomb was sent to the Christian Broadcasting Network addressed to Pat Robertson (199011070012). Authorities also believe that this incident was linked to another mail bomb sent to Robertson in 1996 because, in both instances, the explosive devices were similar (199601120006).
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
Mitchell Miller, "Letter Bomb Addressed to Robertson Injures One," United Press International, April 27, 1990.
D.W. Page, "Security Guard Injured in Explosion at CBN," Associated Press, April 27, 1990.
"Similarities Noted Between Two Religious Bombings," Associated Press, April 29, 1990.