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September 30th, 2011
03:38 PM ET

Death by mail: The Anthrax Letters

Ten years ago, in the wake of the September 11th attacks, the nation faced a second wave of terrorism: anthrax in letters mailed to news organizations and politicians.

Five people were ultimately killed and 17 others were sickened by exposure to the letters directed to The New York Post, Tom Brokaw at NBC News, Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and others.

Drawing from recently released FBI and Justice Department documents, CNN's Joe Johns tells the story of the ensuing federal investigation. 

It lasted seven years - along a path that included phony leads, blind alleys, and scientific hurdles.  Finally, after a lucky break, the evidence pointed to a rogue scientist in one of the government’s most sensitive and secure labs, an man who proclaimed his innocence and took his own life before he was charged.

Could it happen again?

The one-hour documentary, CNN Presents: Death by Mail – The Anthrax Letters, debuts Sunday, Oct. 2 at 8:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. ET and replays on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 8:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.  ET on CNN.

Filed under: Anthrax • Bruce Ivins • Joe Johns
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  1. What if?

    When I saw your story the thought that came to my mind was the Dr.Nancy Haigwood could easily have been the one who was following and harrasing Bruce Ivans. Didn't she say she moved into his neighborhood? She could have easily put her own book into the mailbox herself, paint her own fence just to frame Dr. Ivans. She did afterall try to blame Bruce Ivans for anthrax. What if she did it?

    October 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm |