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Amerithrax: The Hunt for the Anthrax Killer by Robert Graysmith

By Robert Graysmith

Nationwide bestselling true-crime writer Robert Graysmith lends his investigative perception to the definitive case research of America's invisible terrorist. established partly on details from the FBI's Amerithrax activity strength, in addition to the author's self sufficient examine, and with reputable images and transcripts of the anthrax letters, this is often the main accomplished paintings up to now concerning the plague of terror that arose within the wake of 9/11/01--and the relentless clinical manhunt to forestall it.

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Skin anthrax occurs naturally in rural areas around the world, especially around large herds of sheep, goats, and domestic cattle. Cutaneous anthrax accounted for 234 human cases in the nation between 1955 and 1991. A few recent cases in North Dakota, Nevada, and Texas had been cutaneous, contracted while handling animals. Everything in the autopsy room that had come in contact with Stevens’s blackened blood had to be decontaminated or destroyed. The cleanup took nearly three hours. All day Saturday, October 6, journalists arrived in Florida, attracted by the tragedy of Bob Stevens.

Reverently, the specialists wandered the eerie, dustcovered rooms. Dust shrouded coffee cups. Family photos were scattered on employees’ desks and workstations. The water level in the fish tanks was sinking. A smiling, broadfaced photo of Bob Stevens in a blue-gray shirt still beamed from his desk. He had combed his thin chestnut-colored hair neatly for the picture. The collection of colored crayon drawings on his computer moved slightly in a draft from somewhere or from the furtive movements of the searchers.

In the same year, a man and woman living near a Philadelphia tannery died of inhalational anthrax. Shortly afterward, a football player contracted the disease from playing-field soil. In San Francisco, a woman who beat bongo drums made of infected skin, a construction worker who handled contaminated felt, and several gardeners using contaminated bone meal fertilizer also caught the disease. In rare cases people contract intestinal anthrax from eat- 26 ROBERT GRAYSMITH ing undercooked meat, but the GI type of anthrax amounts to less than 1 percent of all cases.

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