The Search for the Anthrax Killer

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist David Willman tells the gripping story of the hunt for the anthrax killer who terrorized the country in the days that followed the 9/11 attacks. The Mirage Man: Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks, and America's Rush to War reveals how a seemingly harmless, if eccentric, scientist hid a secret life from his closest associates and family, and how the trail of evidence led to him. Willman also exposes the faulty investigation that led to the public smearing of the wrong man, Steven Hatfill, a scientist whose life was upended by the false allegations against him.


David Willman

Comments [7]

Lewis Weinstein from Key West

Unfortunately, David Willman wrote his book BEFORE much of the evidence the FBI had withheld for years was finally released. NOTE: there is much more important information still being withheld.

See a vigorous discussion of many of the points David Willman missed or ignored at ... Search for “Willman” to locate many posts

The conclusion of the CASE CLOSED blog: the FBI has not made the case against Dr. Ivins: no physical evidence, no witnesses, an impossible time line, and science that goes more to innocence than guilt. The bottom line ... IT WASN'T IVINS !!!

Jun. 18 2011 09:08 AM
Jonathan from Bronx

Ivins was a registred, and apparently lifelong, Democrat.

It was fortunate for Mueller that the suspect committed suicide, because otherwise the FBI's case would not have held up for a moment in court,

Jun. 15 2011 07:57 PM
Yosif from Manhattan

Why did he send it to the Vermont senator? was he a right wing republican?

Jun. 15 2011 12:35 PM
Jonathan from Bronx

The most damning evidence against Ivins was the "spike" in his time spent in the lab, peaking in August 2001.

The al-Qaeda attacks followed soon after.

Ivins was not connected to al-Qaeda, so he must have been very "lucky" that he could tie in his anthrax-mailing activities to this new threat.
It is an implausible coincidence.

Jun. 15 2011 12:27 PM
Ken from Soho

There WAS a connection between all the anthrax targets; they would all have been targets of right-wing ideologues.

Jun. 15 2011 12:21 PM

This article from WIRED last March shows that there are still plenty of unanswered questions in the Anthrax case. Ivins was an easy out for the FBI who have not really solved the mystery:
"Anthrax Redux: Did the Feds Nab the Wrong Guy?"

Jun. 15 2011 12:16 PM
Merrill Clark from Summit, NJ

A few months prior to the suicide of the anthrax killer, I worked with a former postal police person. I asked him about the investigation of the anthrax killer and he surprised me with his response: "We know who it is. We are just waiting to get evidence on him."

Jun. 15 2011 12:09 PM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.