Incident Summary:

"10/15/2001: Six members of the Animal and Earth Liberations Fronts (ALF and ELF), Stanislas Meyerhoff, Joseph Dibee, Jennifer Kolar, Darren Thurston, Rebecca Rubin, and Kevin Tubbs, placed four incendiary devices, each consisting of a five-gallon plastic bucket which contained a mixture of gasoline and a heavy petroleum distillate and timing devices, at the BLM Wild Horse Corrals in Litchfield, California in the United States. The devices were ignited, and destroyed the barn, causing $207,497 in damages. There were no casualties in the incident. On October 17, the perpetrators sent out a communique, claiming responsibility for the arson in the name of ELF, but also posting the letter on the ALF website. In their statement, the group criticized BLM' slaughter of wild horses, and threatened future targeting of "industries and organizations that seek to profit by destroying the earth." The perpetrators were part of a group calling themselves "The Family," which committed nearly 20 arson and ecotage attacks over a 6 year period."

GTD ID:
200110150005

When:
2001-10-15

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

California

City:
Litchfield

Location Details:
at the Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Facility off of US Highway 395 in Litchfield, CA

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Bureau of Land Management
Specific Description Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse Corrals in Litchfield, CA
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 $207,497.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
Four incendiary devices, each consisting of a five-gallon plastic bucket which contained a mixture of gasoline and a heavy petroleum distillate, coupled with sophisticated delayed igniters with redundant dual timers. The timers were made of an electronic alarm clock functioning to complete an electric circuit between a 9-volt battery and a rocket igniter. The igniter was placed between matches surrounding a road flare. The road flare was on a lid above the bucket of fuel and served to ignite it.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information "The incident occurred shortly after midnight. The perpetrators were part of a group calling themselves ""The Family, ""which was made up of members of both ELF and ALF, and various combinations of members from the group committed nearly 20 arson and ecotage attacks over a 6 year period. Tubbs was sentenced to 12 years and 7 months in prison, Meyerhoff was sentenced to 13 years in prison, Kolar was sentenced to 5 years in prison, Thurston was sentenced to 3 years and 1 month in prison, and Dibee and Rubin remained fugitives."
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Animal Liberation Front (ALF) The Family No
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) The Family Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
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
Sources
"FBI, "Terrorism 2000/2001,"FBI, DOJ, 2001."
"Legal Affairs Editors, "Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front Members Sentenced in Oregon for Acts of Eco-Terrorism in Five Western States," PR Newswire Association LLC, Public Interest Services, June 5, 2007."
U.S. Government’s Sentencing Memorandum for CR 06-60069, CR 06-60070, CR 06-60071, CR 06-60078, CR 06-60079, CR 06-60080, CR 06-60120, CR 06-60122, CR 06-60123, CR 06-60124, CR06-60125, and CR 06-60126. U.S. District Court: District of Oregon, Eugene, 2007.