My suspect evolved following a FOX interview I gave in which I profiled the Anthrax suspect. I believe I said something along these lines:
1. He would be connected with Rutgers University in New Jersey or the area surrounding it.
2. He would be extremely obsessed with the media and politics.
3. He would have written many letters prior to the Anthrax attacks to editors of newspapers and politicians telling them answers to world problems and getting miffed he was not receiving proper responses to his "helpful" opinions.
4. He would ride the train between Trenton and Baltimore/Washington DC.
5. He would have some strong connection to America Media, where the first Anthrax letter hit.
A few days after this interview, I received the first of two letters, addressed in block handwriting and containing copies of bizarre letters to the media. Much of the content was how to solve crime and political problems.
The signature had been left off. The name of the sender was a fake, as was the return address in Tom's River, New Jersey. It wasn't until I ripped open the envelope (in my car) and then saw the label, I realized it could be the Anthrax guy. I battled with myself over going to the Emergency Room of the local hospital for Anthrax prevention medicine but I ended up being too embarrassed to go ask for it. (I crossed my fingers, instead.)
I survived the contents of the two letters and I was able to track down the writer. Here's what I found:
1. He was connected with Rutgers University in New Jersey. He was a Ph.D. in Biology working with soil.
2. He was extremely obsessed with the media, politics, and crime.
3. He had written many letters prior to the Anthrax attacks to editors of newspapers and politicians telling them answers to world problems and getting miffed he was not receiving proper responses to his "helpful" opinions.
4. He rode the train between Trenton and Baltimore/Washington DC where he had relatives. He did not drive.
5. He had a strong connection to America Media, where the first Anthrax letter hit. He was a regular subscriber to their Star tabloid magazine.
Furthermore, the man had many psychopath traits including pathological lying and grandiose ideation. He claimed previously to coworkers that he had worked covertly with the military to fight insurgents in Nicaragua and that after 9/11 the government had helicoptered him down to Washington, DC as part of a special undercover team of agents on a secret mission.
He also had a mentally unstable girlfriend over at Princeton, who used to be a student at Duke. She also was a Biology Ph.D. The Anthrax letters were dropped in a mailbox near Princeton University.
Am I saying my suspect is absolutely the Anthrax UNSUB? Of course not. But I will tell you that if you put his profile and links up against Stephen Hatfill, I would have sent 99 agents to check this guy out and let the other one see if he could find anything of note to justify a further look at Hatfill.