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. karebare

    I can't believe they didn't charge her because after she shot maryjo buttafuco in the face they shoud know she did this.

    September 30, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peezcake

      Huh? Are you serious, or just trying to be funny?

      October 1, 2010 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Farmboy

      I can't believe you said that....

      October 1, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • TK

      Wow...just wow...Amy Fisher...not much?

      October 1, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy, Amy Fisher's kind of let herself go over the years..!

      October 4, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Michelle

    The hairstyle alone is cause for concern!

    September 30, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sam

    @karebare...amy fisher shot mary...not bishop...does she look lke a mistress of a mechanic

    September 30, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. serena

    lmbo....amy bishop nt amy fisher!

    September 30, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Michelle

    No but if you take the wig off it becomes the mechanic

    October 1, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kairagan

    LMAO...Amy Fisher was the "Long Island Loita" who shot the mechanics wife NOT Amy Bishop. Fisher did this wheb she was 17 yrs old. Does Bishop look 17 ?

    October 1, 2010 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. Michelle

    Is Amy Fisher still 17?

    October 1, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy


      October 4, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Michelle

    She is evidence of a $exual encounter between Moe of The Three Stooges and Captain Spock

    October 1, 2010 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Lunytune

      Wait...!! what?

      October 1, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      LMAO! Good one.

      October 4, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michelle

    Do you think I'm serious? Can 2 men procreate?

    October 1, 2010 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. phil

    No Michelle, two men cannot proceate. But wouldn't they look silly trying?

    October 1, 2010 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Lunytune

      I saw some pictures once of two men trying to procreate..

      October 1, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. mitch

    Why am I feeling stupid just because my name is michelle? Dumbo, go back to playing with your blocks

    October 1, 2010 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bill

    What rock are these wackadoos crawling out from? Its like they troll the websites just looking for the opportunity to say something retarded. Just pathetic....

    October 1, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. Elizabeth

    Bill, you're not much better by choosing to come out and use the *r* word.

    October 1, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Harvey Head

    I can't believe Emo Phillips killed 3 people. I mean, that IS Emo Phillips, right?

    October 1, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. Michelle

    Peezcake needed clarification as to whether or not comment #9 was serious or not, I simply replied with a question that if she/he could answer on their own with just a little bit of reason, then that would enable them to draw their own conclusion. Sometimes instead of just giving someone an easy answer and making them think a little first, they may discover within themselves the ability to think critically and answer their own silly thoughtless questions. My question of whether or not 2 men can procreate was not meant to be taken literally I was being facetious. But if you look at that photo the resemblence is there...

    October 1, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
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