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Journalists Killed in 2001 - Motive Confirmed: Robert Stevens

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2002
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The Sun
October 5, 2001, in Boca Raton, USA

Stevens, 63, a photo editor at the tabloid newspaper The Sun, died of inhalation anthrax in Boca Raton, Florida. Officials confirmed that the type of anthrax that killed Stevens was the same strain that was mailed to a number of journalists, officials and other people, including NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw. In 2008, federal officials identified government researcher Bruce Ivins as the source of the mailed anthrax. Authorities said Ivins took his own life as they were about to bring an indictment. Ivins was said to be motivated by a desire to expose the country's vulnerabilities to biological attacks.

Beats Covered:Culture
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Local Residents
Taken Captive:No


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