Incident Summary:

10/19/2001: In one of several anthrax-related incidents, Johanna Huden, an employee for The New York Post, was diagnosed with the skin form of anthrax in New York City, New York, U.S.A.. The victim had opened a Letter to the Editor that had been laced with anthrax on September 22nd. The letter had been postmarked from Trenton, New Jersey on September 18th. Mark Cunningham, another New York Post employee, was also diagnosed with skin anthrax. The victims in this case recovered. 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:

New York

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 New York Post
Specific Description Editor in Chief of the New York Post
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
Bacillus anthracis (Anthrax)
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 This was one of eight related attacks (cf. 200110020003; 200110120004; 200110150001-02; 200110180004; 200110190001; 200110260004; 200110290003).
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 / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 2
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Timeline of anthrax outbreak," Associated Press Online, October 31, 2001.
"Fourth anthrax case hits New York," Associated Press, October 19, 2001