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24 Aug 2008

Source: Palm Beach Post, August 7, 2008.

Maureen Stevens' statement about anthrax investigation

Palm Beach Post Staff Report

Statement Aug. 7 by Maureen Stevens, widow of Bob Stevens (case 5), who died Oct. 5, 2001 after opening a letter laced with anthrax at the American Media Inc. building in Boca Raton.

First, on behalf of my late husband, Robert Stevens, and on behalf of our children, Casey Stevens, Nicholas Stevens and Heidi Hogan, I want you to know how thankful we are to be advised by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that their investigation has led them to the point where they believe the evidence shows beyond a reasonable doubt that Bruce Ivins was the "anthrax killer."

I want to thank every man and woman in the FBI who worked so hard on this case. It has been almost seven years since my husband was brutally murdered by the cowardly act of placing this hazardous toxic substance in the mail.

We have now been advised that the man the FBI believes perpetrated this heinous act has a history of mental instability of long standing and yet he was allowed to work with anthrax and some of the most deadly substances known to mankind.

He was further allowed to examine evidence and participate in the investigation of the very crime he committed. To us, my family, this is shocking.

We have persisted in our belief, from the beginning, that this was a crime done by a United States government insider, with the access and ability to get this substance out of the Fort Dietrich lab as a result of poor or non-existent security. Our view has proven to be correct.

It is now time for the United States of America to own up to its responsibility to my family and right this wrong that resulted in the loss of my beloved husband, and my children's beloved father.