Incident Summary:

10/15/2001: In one of several anthrax-related incidents, a seven-month-old boy and son of an American Broadcasting Company (ABC) producer tested positive for anthrax after having visited the ABC newsroom on September 28th. The perpetrator(s) was unknown as was the method of transmission, since no letter was found as in the other anthrax cases. Many more spores were found in the building when the location was inspected. 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.

GTD ID:
200110150002

When:
2001-10-15

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

New York

City:
New York City

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity American Broadcasting Company (ABC)
Specific Description ABC News offices in New York City
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Biological
Weapon Details
Anthrax (Bacillus anthracis) was used in the attack.
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 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
Sources
"Timeline of anthrax outbreak," The Associated Press, October 31, 2001.
"Baby is sick with anthrax," Daily Mail, October 16, 2001.