In 1989 This Judge Was Killed By A Parcel Bomb. Then An Expert Spotted A Pattern In The Evidence

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On December 16, 1989, Judge Robert Vance unwrapped a shoebox-sized parcel that had been delivered to his home in Mountain Brook, Alabama, unaware that it contained a deadly pipe bomb. The explosion that tore through his kitchen killed him immediately. His wife, Helen, was seriously injured in the blast, but ultimately she survived.

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The judge had received no death threats and had not sought the protection of law enforcement agents. The bomb that killed him had arrived innocuously, delivered in the mail like many other parcels during the Christmas period. Until then, there was nothing to suggest he had been targeted by terrorists. And curiously, no one claimed responsibility for the attack.

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In fact, it’s rare for federal judges to be murdered at all. Judge Vance was only the third judge to be assassinated in the United States during the 20th century. In due course, the bombing was considered an attack on the judicial system itself. Tragically, however, the murder of Judge Vance was only the start…

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