The USDOJ has made a number of documents pertaining to the Amerithrax investigation available online:
Highlights so far, just from an affidavit written to support a search warrant by USPS Postal Inspector Thomas Dellaferra:
* The type of anthrax identified in the letters sent out after 9/11 was traced via a chemical signature back to Fort Detrick, where Dr. Bruce Edward Ivins worked as an anthrax researcher. The postal service traced the envelopes back to Fort Detrick as well.
* Bruce Ivins normally worked 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and all labs, including (of course) labs used to work with “hot” toxins like anthrax, were accessed with magnetic keycards. The keycards generally reflected a given worker’s typical pattern of entry and re-entry. The affidavit by Inspector Dellaferra states the following about Ivins: “Beginning in mid-August 2001[,] however, there was a noticeable spike in Dr. Ivins’s evening access to the B3 hot suite.”
* Bruce Ivins was having definite mental health issues in 2000 and 2001. On April 3, 2000, Ivins wrote the following in an e-mail: “Other times it’s like I’m not only sitting at my desk doing work, I’m also a few feet away watching me do it. There’s nothing like living in both the first person singular AND the third person singular!”
* On July 4, 2000, Ivins said the following in an e-mail message to a friend: “The thinking now by the psychiatrist and counselor is that my symptoms may not be those of a depression or bipolar disorder, they may be that of a ‘Paranoid Personality Disorder.'” In a different e-mail written three days later, Ivins specifically mentioned the National Enquirer and stated he never wanted to see the headline, “PARANOID MAN WORKS WITH DEADLY ANTHRAX!!!” One of the victims of the anthrax letters was a photo editor at the Enquirer.
* Dr. Ivins wrote an e-mail on September 26, 2001 that read in part, “Osama bin Laden has just decreed death to all Jews and all Americans.” Dellaferra notes that Ivins’s language was “similar to the text of the anthrax letters postmarked two weeks later warning ‘DEATH TO AMERICA,’ ‘DEATH TO ISRAEL.'”
* In December, 2001, Bruce Ivins wrote another e-mail detailing some poems he’d made up about himself and “the person in my dreams.” One stanza from one of the poems:
“I’m a little dream-self, short and stout
I’m the other half of Bruce when he lets me out.
When I get all steamed up, I don’t pout.
I push Bruce aside, then I’m Free to run about!”
* A separate affidavit from FBI agent Marlo Arredondo sought information about Bruce Ivins’s e-mail accounts. Ivins used the following:
— [email protected]
— [email protected]
— [email protected]
— and of course, [email protected].
According to Arredondo, Ivins used these addresses to “facilitate an obsession with a sorority group linked to the location of the anthrax mailings.” Ivins also used screen names such as “Ed Ivings,” “BigSky” and “prunetacos.”
* Ivins, using some of the names above, posted messages at AboveTopSecret.com, an online forum devoted to discussions of conspiracy theories, the paranormal, and supernatural subjects. Ivins posted messages and began threads about the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Here is a thread at AboveTopSecret.com discussing the “removal of College Fraternity Secrets Threads.” Note that “prunetacos” posted in that thread about other boards where he’d discussed the Kappa Kappa Gammas. See also: a list of 50 posts left by “Prunetacos” at GreekChat.com. Many of the Greek Chat posts discuss Kappa Kappa Gamma as well.
One of 44-year-old Michelle Lague’s neighbors noticed that she’d not been out walking her dog. So on July 7, the neighbor called the cops. Investigators found Lague dead in her home.
Lague was slated to testify in a high-profile murder trial in San Antonio. She’d seen a vehicle speeding away from a crime scene in 2005.
Early Wednesday San Antonio police revealed that Lague’s death had no connection to her status as a witness for the prosecution. Michelle Lague died at the hands of a friend.
That friend was a former roommate, towering, heavyset Kethan Beschorner, age 29.
Beschorner claims the devil made him do it.
Today the saga of alleged non-custodial kidnapper and mystery man Clark Rockefeller took a turn into made-for-TV land. Investigators from Los Angeles have flown to Boston to speak with Rockefeller about a 23-year-old missing persons/possible murder case in San Marino, CA.
They want to talk to Clark Rockefeller about the San Marino Bones, and ask him if he is the man who once called himself “Christopher Crowe Mount Batten Chichester.”
Chichester was the name used by a man who certainly had a lot in common with Rockefeller. In 1994 the Associated Press reported that Chichester was described by friends as “an urbane gentleman with a trace of an English accent who joined worthy causes and made friends easily.”
Chichester told different stories about who he was: a computer expert; producer, even stockbroker.
One friend said, “Chris Chichester dressed well and was articulate and knowledgeable about whatever subject he happened to be talking about at the time.” That friend described Chichester as “an interesting character.”
The same was said about Clark Rockefeller while he was on the run — he was a character, a charming eccentric. And like Rockefeller, who once helped fund the building of a new city facility in the town where he lived in New Hampshire, Chichester was said to be civic-minded. He attended the Church of Our Savior in San Gabriel, CA and met new friends there. In 1984, Chichester reportedly even volunteered to help paint San Marino High School.
Like Clark Rockefeller, Chichester used aliases: Christopher Crowe and Christian Gerhartsreiter.
The last time anyone saw Christopher Chichester was in 1989, in Greenwich, CT. Chichester attempted to sell a truck and the potential buyer grew suspicious when he discovered there was still a lien on the vehicle.The vehicle was owned by John Sohus, of San Marino, CA. Sohus and his wife Linda had been missing since February 8, 1985.
John and Linda Sohus had supposedly gone to Europe. Some people even received postcards from Paris, signed by Linda. They’d been gone for two months when Chichester, who rented a home on property owned by the couple, also disappeared.
On May 8, 1994, workers in San Marino were digging a pool on that property when they uncovered plastic-wrapped bones from a dismembered body. It was later determined that the bones were most likely the remains of John Sohus.
Unsolved Mysteries covered the Sohus disappearance, and in that production the show stated that Christian Gerhartsreiter was Chichester’s real name. Only one readily available U.S. public record be found for that name. It was for a marriage that took place in Dane County, WI in 1981 between a Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter and Amy Jersild. Gerhartsreiter was 19 at the time — he would be 46 or 47 today. [An alternate spelling of the German name is Christian Gerhart Streiter — per the Boston Herald. ~ Ed.]
California authorities have never said that Christopher Chichester/Christian Gerhartsreiter was a “suspect” in the death of John Sohus or the disappearance of Linda Sohus. But they certainly got on a plane pretty fast when a fingerprint from Clark Rockefeller linked him to Chichester, and possibly some answers to the questions about the the missing couple from San Marino.
Yet Clark Rockefeller claims he can’t remember his parents. He won’t say where he was born, or who he really is. After all, if he is convicted of the charges related to his alleged abduction of his daughter Reigh, he won’t face life in prison. Answering questions about John and Linda Sohus — if the man has the answers authorities seek — might lead to a much more long-term acquaintance with life behind prison bars.
[BostonHerald.com; AP — archived article from Long Beach Press-Telegram; InsideSocal.com/Crime Scene Blog]
Prosecutors in Orange County, FL have charged Casey Anthony, age 22, with filing a false statement and felony child neglect. She’s still being held on a half-million dollars bail.
The most significant development in the case of Casey’s missing 2-year-old daughter Caylee may be just around the bend; results from DNA samples found in a car Casey was driving at the time of her daughter’s disappearance (the car that both Cindy Anthony and a detective described as smelling like human decomposition) finally came in. The results have not been disclosed.
According to a report from MyFoxOrlando, Casey has said that Caylee would be home by August 9 — Caylee’s third birthday.
[cbs4.com; Fox News]
The 44-year-old son of the late, infamous “Dapper Don” John Gotti was arrested early Tuesday in Oyster Bay, NY. A wide-ranging investigation spanning from New York to Florida has led to charges against Gotti for federal racketeering and murder conspiracy.
The New York Times reports that five other suspects were also arrested: John A. Burke, James V. Cadicamo, David D’Arpino, Michael D. Finnerty, and Guy T. Peden. During a news conference held in Tampa, AUSA Robert O’Neill stated that all five arrestees were involved with the Gambino Family.
Gotti has done time in prison before. Beginning in 1999, he did a 5-year stint for six charges, including bribery, conspiracy to commit extortion, and loan-sharking.
The new charges against Gotti and the other alleged Gambino soldiers are connected to the murder of George Grosso in 1988, Louis DiBono, a known Gambino associate, in 1990, and Bruce Gotterup in 1991.
The 63-year-old DiBono was found dead in a parking lot at the World Trade Center in October of 1990. The 350-lb mob soldier had been ambushed as he sat in his caddy. A Port Authority spokesperson said at the time that the crime had “all the earmarks of a mob hit.”
The senior John Gotti, who passed away a couple of years ago while still in prison, was found guilty of conspiracy in the DiBono murder in 1992.
Bruce Gotterup was 36 when he was murdered on a boardwalk in Far Rockway, Queens in 1991. Stephen Newell was acquitted of Gotterup’s murder in November, 1997. [NYTimes.com]
The Boston Globe is reporting a weird twist today in the Clark Rockefeller kidnapping case.
The 48-year-old Rockefeller’s prints were taken following his weekend arrest in Baltimore. Those prints linked Rockefeller to an application for some kind of license in another state, and yet another alias.
That alias is also linked to a list of people wanted in connection with a decade-old homicide in California. The Globe‘s sources were anonymous and couldn’t give much more information. A quick search of major sites related to most wanted California criminals yielded no results.
[FOXNews.com; Boston Globe]
Dr. Bruce Ivins, the man the FBI says created the anthrax letters that killed 5 people just after 9/11, may have been a bit of a troll on YouTube, among other sites. It appears as though he was leaving strange comments as recently as 4 weeks ago.
In an add-on to this post, I detailed some of “JimmyFlathead’s” activities on Wikipedia, and how Bruce Ivins’s screen name on Reunion.com matched him to JimmyFlathead. Ivins’s/Flathead’s Wikipedia activity dovetails with a report published today indicating Ivins’s long-term obsession with the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
Five months ago, a woman named Deb posted her first attempts at juggling on YouTube. She received this comment from a user with the screen name “bruceivi”: “Way to go, Deb!!!! You probably don’t remember me but I’m your sister Jen’s Godfather, Bruce. Where did you learn to do all that great stuff? Did you ever try two in each hand? Start with doing two in one hand, then do two in the other, then you can put them together, either alternating throws or throwing at the same time. I used to juggle as stress relief – it’s hard to think of other things when you’re tossing stuff in the air and trying to keep gravity from winning! – bruce”
Bruce Ivins’s juggling hobby has been noted in many reports since the LA Times revealed his status as the FBI’s number 1 suspect in the “Amerithrax” investigation.
While bruceivi’s comment to Deb was pleasant and supportive, the same screen name was attached to a series of comments left on an entirely different video just 4 weeks ago. The comments were so unpleasant that others kept ranking them down, ‘burying’ them.
The clip was from Episode 7 of Season one of the ABC reality series, The Mole. You don’t need to know much about the show to read the comments from brucivi and wince.
bruceivi posted that readers should “Put the next 3 comments from bruceivi together.”
The comments put together as suggested are scary, even for comments left on a YouTube video:
Steve had a great chance to Kill Kathryn that would go down as the primo moment in reality TV.
After the fake fainting he’d say, “Kathryn, do you know what a mole is? It’s a blind useless,animal that humans hate. And do you know what we do to moles? We kill them!”
With that he should have taken the hatchet and brought it down hard and sharply across her neck, severing her carotid artery and jugular vein. Then when she hits the ground, he completes the task on the other side of the neck, severing her trachea as well. The “Blind” mole is dead and Steve is a hero among heroes! I personally would have paid big money to have done it myself.
Maybe something really dreadful will happen to Kathryn Price. If so, she will richly deserve it! The least someone could do would be to take a sharp ballpoint pin or letter opener and put her eyes out, to complete the task of making her a true mole!
The commenter seemed to almost immediately think about what he’d written, posting, “Sorry if my comments offended people. This occurred several years ago. It was meant as a macabre twist to a pretty lame reality show […] burceivi. [sic]”
It will be interesting to find out if Kathryn Price ever received any suspicious packages in the mail. A screen capture of the comments can be seen below.
UPDATE — As this post was being written, MSNBC reported that Bruce Ivins may have been obsessed with a particular sorority, and frequently posted messages about that sorority online — particularly in Wikipedia. There was even a user talk page with a screen name associated with Ivins: JimmyFlathead. That screen name could be found directly connected to Ivins at Reunion.com. Ivins — as JimmyFlathead — was apparently obsessed with the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and may have altered Wikipedia entries about the sorority.
Here’s what someone wrote to JimmyFlathead regarding his “obsession” with that sorority: “I stand by my comment that most of the negative content on the page is merely there because you bullied folks with threats of adding negative content and through personal emails. I don’t much care for the tone.
“Furthermore, I can’t understand the obsession. Why do you feel the need to add all this? Why Kappa? All the fraternity and sorority pages have ongoing vandalism, I just can’t understand why you are so intent to contribute vandalism and negativity to ours. Just trying to correct what I perceive to be unfair bashing for no good reason.”
MSNBC also reported that a Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter is located just a few hundred yards from the mailbox investigators think the anthrax killer used to mail his messages of doom.
See: http://jimmyflathead.blogspot.com/ — Possible blog begun by Ivins, based on screen name. One entry only. Also: JimmyFlathead’s User contributions page at Wikipedia. That screen name contributed mostly to discussions about Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Anthrax researcher Dr. Bruce Edward Ivins killed himself with an overdose of Tylenol with codeine last week. Federal investigators were closing in, preparing to charge the 62-year-old microbiologist with the “Amerithrax” murders that took place just after 9/11/01.
At the time of his death, Ivins’s therapist had a restraining order against him. In the papers filed for that order, Ivins was referred to as “homicidal” and “sociopathic.”
If Bruce Ivins was a homicidal psychopath, the essence of a truly “mad scientist,” it didn’t necessarily show in the way he presented himself to the public.
Ivins and his wife were frequently mentioned in the Frederick News-Post, and beginning in the late 1980s, Ivins’s own words were often published in the form of letters to the editor. What, if anything, could Ivins’s own words reveal about his mind, about the way he viewed the world around him?
Bruce Ivins wasn’t introduced to readers of the Frederick paper as a scientist. The paper first took an interest in Bruce Ivins, the juggler.
Men who kill their wives often seem to opt for one of two stories: either the woman disappeared while out for a walk or a jog; or some mysterious intruder with mysteriously strong motivation came in and killed the woman while the guy was asleep or away.
If 41-year-old Michael Roseboro killed his wife Jan as alleged, then he fell into the second group.
Police were called to the Roseboro residence in Reinholds, PA on the night of July 22. There they found a scratched Michael attempting to revive a brutally beaten and possibly-drowned Jan. An autopsy on Jan’s body later revealed that she’d been strangled, bludgeoned, kicked and punched, then thrown into the pool in the Roseboro’s back yard.
Jan’s death may have been the first homicide in Reinholds history.
Court documents later revealed that Michael Roseboro, a funeral home director in Denver, PA, was having an affair. In fact, he may have been with his mistress hours before his wife’s death.
Police won’t say what they believe motivated Roseboro to kill his wife.
Michael Roseboro is being held without bail in the Lancaster County prison.
Clark Rockefeller has been arrested in Baltimore, Maryland. According to media reports, Rockefeller’s 7-year-old daughter Reigh was recovered unharmed.
Rockefeller was on the run for almost a week after he took Reigh during a supervised visit in Boston. That was long enough for the police, press and public to figure out that no one really knew who the guy was. Though his daughter is okay and he is in custody, the questions as to who this “Rockefeller” really is remain.
WBZTV.com; For a in-depth look at the mystery surrounding Rockefeller’s true identity, see the London Telegraph.