Unabomber News History

Copyright 1995 Globe Newspaper Company

The Boston Globe

May 14, 1995, Sunday, City Edition


LENGTH: 295 words

HEADLINE: Newton bomb probe continues; METRO UPDATE

BYLINE: By Matthew Brelis, Globe Staff


Federal law enforcement officials say they are still investigating the mail bomb that was sent to Dr. Paul A. Rosenberg at his Newton home in December 1993, but are not close to making an arrest.

Although agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have had a prime suspect for more than a year, "leads are still being pursued," said Terence McArdle, special agent in charge of the ATF office in Boston.

McArdle would not discuss possible motives or what leads are still being followed by investigators.

The Dec. 19, 1993 case shattered the suburban calm of Rosenberg's neighborhood and was a jarring end to a week-long vacation in the Caribbean for Rosenberg and his wife.

Rosenberg sat down at the kitchen table and began opening a week's worth of mail. He turned his attention to a long, thin package with several stamps that were not canceled and bore a return address of "Union of American Hebrew Congregation."

Rosenberg, who is on the staff at Children's Hospital and an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, cut around the top of the package rather than ripping the end flaps.

When he cut the top, he saw wires and cylinders - which turned out to be two pipe bombs - and grabbed his wife and ran from the house and called police.

Rosenberg referred all questions to Assistant US Attorney Theodore Merritt, who could not be reached for comment last week.

The so-called Unabomber sent letters to two Massachusetts Nobel laureates, Richard J. Roberts, of Wenham, and Phillip A. Sharp of Newton, on April 20, the same day a package bomb he mailed killed a timber industry lobbyist in Sacremento, Calif., officials say.

The Unabomber is not believed to be responsible for the bomb sent to Rosenberg.