November 29th, 2011
10:49 AM ET

Family of 2001 anthrax victim settles with government

The family of Bob Stevens, a photo editor for American Media Inc. who was killed in the 2001 anthrax attacks, has reached a settlement with the U.S. government, according to court documents.

Stevens, 63, was the first of five victims of the attacks. He died October 5, 2001, after inhaling anthrax that investigators believe was in a letter sent to American Media, the publisher of the Sun and National Enquirer tabloids, at its offices in Boca Raton, Florida.

The FBI eventually blamed the attacks on a civilian scientist at the Army's biological research laboratory at Fort Detrick, Maryland. The suspect, microbiologist Bruce Ivins, had a history of mental illness and killed himself in 2008 before investigators brought charges against him, federal prosecutors said.

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  1. michaelfury

    November 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO

    Planted germs sicken
    National Enquirer stooge
    Family gets rich

    November 29, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |


    November 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Enquirer stooge
    Kicked the bucket nastily
    Killer kicked it, too

    November 29, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. s kel

    Family member on my mothers side worked in post office in DC, he died as a result of the attack.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I am sorry for your family's loss, s kel.
    How sad.

    November 29, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |

    i heard they got the guy.. but he killed himself.. he was a professor or something...

    November 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    It said that in the third paragraph, Ruffie.
    I'm going to regret this, but what is GKOP?

    November 29, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BOMBO

    Actually, if anyone deserves compensation, it is the federal employees (ie postal workers) who were exposed after it became known that anthrax was being mailed around. The government and postal service should have done more to protect their employees. So why does THIS guy's family get a payoff?

    November 29, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. eric


    November 30, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. Stargazer


    November 30, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. Stargazer

    Ingrown but hair,,,, pay out?? 5000 dollars

    November 30, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |