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By Robert Graysmith

Who was once the anthrax killer?
Six days after the 9-11 assaults, a brand new terror started to spread...

September 17, 2001: A Florida tabloid gets a love letter addressed to Jennifer Lopez. The paper's picture editor opens it--and, unknowingly, inhales millions of poisonous spores. by means of 10/5 he's lifeless.

October 12, 2001: NBC anchor Tom Brokaw's assistant checks confident for cutaneous anthrax, as a result publicity to a powder in an envelope she inhaled 3 weeks prior to.

within the days that undefined, 28 extra humans established confident for anthrax, plunging a complete state into the frontlines of an insidious bioterror.

The anthrax struggle had began.

this can be the main finished paintings up to now in regards to the plague of terror that arose within the wake of 9/11--and the relentless clinical manhunt to respond to the query of who the anthrax killer was once.

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The surgeon cleared his mind and, like any good detective, began his postmortem examination with no preconceived ideas. They had found no hint of cutaneous anthrax on the 22 ROBERT GRAYSMITH exterior of the body. The interior was another story. Dr. Zaki studied the swollen, black lymph nodes—so engorged that they exploded at the slightest touch of his scalpel. The mechanics of the victim’s death were laid out on the tilted table to be read as clearly as a road map or book. Airborne anthrax spores had settled into tiny sacs in Stevens’s lungs.

Keflex is ineffective against cutaneous anthrax. Dr. Tsonas took no cultures and had no thoughts of anthrax. At that time it was an unheard-of disease in the United States and unfamiliar to most doctors. ” Cutaneous anthrax has a low fatality rate. Without treatment victims might heal on their own. Dr. Tsonas’s encounter with the two men had lasted perhaps ten minutes. By October, he had entirely forgotten about them until federal agents showed up after Bob Stevens died. They showed the physician pictures of Alhaznawi and Jarrah.

The White House had expected a biological attack would be next. Dr. ” Early the following day, Saturday, October 6, medical examiner Dr. Sherif Zaki and his CDC team arrived by chartered jet and went immediately to the West Palm Beach medical examiner’s office to perform the autopsy. Whenever there is the slightest reason to suspect the possibility of a homicide, an autopsy is always done. The Palm Beach County coroner, Dr. Lisa Flannagan, would make the initial incisions. Under the burning lights, the examiner, dressed like the others in biohazard mask, plastic face shield, and three layers of gloves (one pair Kevlar-reinforced), approached a sloped metal table where the bagged body lay.

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