Incident Summary:

10/02/2001: In one of several anthrax-related incidents, American Media Inc. in Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.A. was the target of an anthrax attack. Two employees, Ernesto Blanco and Stephanie Dailey (both American Media, Inc. mailroom workers), tested positive for anthrax. Robert Stevens, an employee of American Media, Inc., contracted inhalation anthrax and died of the disease. Five people were injured in this attack. Anthrax contamination was also found at the Boca Raton mail facility. No group claimed responsibility for the attacks. Concluding an extensive investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified microbiologist Dr. Bruce Ivins as the sole perpetrator. However, Ivins committed suicide in 2008, having not been arrested or prosecuted. An independent review of the scientific evidence by the National Academy of Science indicated that it was essentially inconclusive.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Boca Raton

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity American Media Inc.
Specific Description American Media Inc. headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
Anthrax (Bacillus anthracis) laced letters were mailed to the offices American Media Inc.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 5
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Florida man infected with anthrax,” Cox News Service, October 4, 2001.
“Timeline of anthrax outbreak,” The Associated Press, October 31, 2001.