September 30th, 2010
09:00 PM ET

No charges for Amy Bishop in 1993 mail bomb probe

Amy Bishop is accused of shooting three colleagues at the University of Alabama.

An investigation into a mail bomb sent in 1993 to a Harvard professor has been closed, Massachusetts' top federal prosecutor said Thursday, following a review of the case prompted earlier this year by the arrest of former professor Amy Bishop.

Bishop faces capital murder and attempted murder charges in the shooting of six colleagues, three of whom died, during a staff meeting at the University of Alabama in Huntsville on February 12.

Her arrest prompted several law enforcement agencies and media outlets to take a closer look at her past brushes with the law, among them her suspected involvement in the attempted mail bombing of a Harvard Medical School professor in 1993, according to The Boston Globe.

At the time, Bishop was working as a postdoctoral fellow in the hospital's human biochemistry lab. She and her husband, Jim Anderson, were questioned after a package containing two pipe bombs was sent to the Newton, Massachusetts, home of Dr. Paul Rosenberg, the Globe said, citing a law enforcement official.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts undertook "an appropriate and thorough investigation," to determine the source of the incendiary device, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said in a statement Thursday.

Despite those efforts there was insufficient evidence to bring charges, Ortiz said. The matter has been closed and the office does not intend to reopen it.

This year's shootings also prompted a Massachusetts judge to open an inquest into the 1986 shooting death of  Bishop's brother, Seth, which was ruled an accident. The inquest resulted in a grand jury indictment in June against Bishop on a first-degree murder charge.

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  1. Michelle

    Oh, and in addition, I am well aware that Amy Fisher is no longer 17. If you take something you read literally and at face value w/out considering the other possibilities of alternate inflections and syntax then you are very closed minded. So "Mitch" maybe you need to get a better set of blocks and books to expand your mind a little.

    October 1, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Michelle

    And Harvey probably REALLY knows that this article is not REALLY Emo Phillips.

    October 1, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MannyHM

    She is doomed anyway. Further investigation on this incendiary device would make a lot of people look bad in their efforts and methods. I still believe that she'll be a very good subject on lie detection or truth revelation using functional MRI. She has nothing more to lose, ask her to volunteer her mind for the sake of science and the justice system.

    October 1, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. What in the world

    Why is this woman Amy Bishop allowed to be a menace to society. Did the school recognize her mental illness, could they have prevented this tragedy? Why is our society allowing an insane person to teach.. Period

    October 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Willis

    if you did one crime, you did them all. American justice. Way to seal up all those cases guys, pat on the back. Until 20 years from now when she hires a good lawer and gets off because you people just put it on her because it was to much of a coinsidence. It happens.

    October 2, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. travis fisher

    No mosques in the united states according to the hamburg article the 911 terrorist was recruited at the same mosque as the recent captured terrorist planning a european attack. using these facts we shouldnt allow these recruiting centers in the united states specially near ground zero untill antirecruitment safeguards can be pout in place. we need to have fulltime muslim speaking officers born in us to monitor mosques to make sure they dont use them for recruitment rather than religious practice. i like how blogging isnt availiable on every article...?

    October 4, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      What a relevant comment...

      October 4, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. karebear

    I was just kiddn...

    October 4, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Carol

    I thought the Moe and Dr. Spock reference was funny. Lighten up. Life is too short.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
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