Saturday, June 01, 2013
On May 31, 2003—10 years ago today—former FBI Top Ten Fugitive Eric Robert Rudolph was arrested while rummaging through a trash bin behind a rural grocery story in Murphy, North Carolina. A skilled outdoorsman, Rudolph had managed to elude law enforcement officials for five years while hiding out in the mountains after bombing four sites in Georgia and Alabama. Rudolph began his violent attacks on July 27, 1996, when he planted a backpack containing a bomb in crowded Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia. A woman who traveled with her daughter to watch the 1996 Summer Olympics was killed and more than 100 others were injured in the blast. Shortly after, Rudolph bombed two more locations in Georgia and one in Birmingham, Alabama, resulting several more injuries and the death of a police officer. He his currently serving multiple life sentences without the possibility of parole.
2005 Story: The Pursuit and Capture of Eric Rudolph
2003 Press Release: The Arrest of Eric Rudolph