In early 1997 Rudolph bombed an abortion clinic and gay bar. Atlanta Northside Family Planning Services was bombed in January 1997. It was an abortion clinic located in suburban Sandy Springs, Atlanta. Not only one bomb was planted for the initial blast, but Rudolph planted a second bomb that was set to detonate after emergency personnel arrived. The second bomb was the one that was disastrous for it injured six people that included detectives investigating the first bombing and reporters covering the first explosion. The device used for the bomb was like the one used in the Olympic bombing. It was made with nails and shrapnel, products that seemed to be Rudolph’s calling card. The bombing at the Atlanta gay nightclub and bar Otherside Lounge took place sometime after the abortion clinic bombing, in February 1997, injured four people during the initial blast. Like the abortion clinic bombing Rudolph had also planted a second bomb at the lounge location. The second bomb was found in a backpack in the parking lot by police that were investigating the first blast. The bomb squad used a robot to detonate the device and preventing any further harm to anyone or damage to anything. The bomb used at this location was similar to the first two bombings and was made with both nails and shrapnel. The final bombing took place on January 29, 1998 at another abortion clinic known as New Woman All Women Heath Care located in Birmingham, Alabama. A FedEx box that was packed with dynamite and nails was left in some bushes near the entrance of the building. The package was spotted by a nurse and security guard that were first to arrive that morning at the clinic. As soon as the box was touched by the guard shrapnel and nails were sent flying through 3
his body causing instant death. The nurse survived the blast but was left without an eye and had chronic injuries and pain to her body. This was the first fatal bombing of an abortion clinic in the United States. The bombing was similar to the other bombings because the same products were used to manufacture the bomb both shrapnel and nails, but there was one thing that was different.
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