Incident Summary:

11/14/2001: Ottilie Lundgren, a ninety-four-year-old from Oxford, Connecticut, U.S.A. was diagnosed with inhalation anthrax. She later died on 11/21/2001. The source of her exposure was unclear. 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.



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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilian
Specific Description Ottilie Lundgren
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
The victim suffered from the inhalation form of 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
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 / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
Celeste Katz, Greg B Smith and Greg Wilson, “Conn. Woman has anthrax puzzle over how 94 year old contracted it,” Daily News, November 21, 2001.
Joe Battenfeld and Andrew Miga, “Conn. Woman latest victim- 94 year old tests positive for anthrax,” Boston Herald, November 21, 2001.