Copyright 1993 Plain Dealer Publishing Co.
The Plain Dealer
December 21, 1993 Tuesday, FINAL / ALL
SECTION: NATIONAL; Pg. 5A
LENGTH: 220 words
HEADLINE: PIPE BOMBS DELIVERED TO DOCTOR DISARMED
BYLINE: FROM WIRE REPORTS
DATELINE: NEWTON, MASS.
An explosives expert disarmed a package of pipe bombs sent to a doctor who came within a hair of setting off a potentially fatal explosion.
No one was arrested, and federal investigators said yesterday there was no initial evidence to link the attempted attack to the "Unabomber," a serial bomber who has killed one person and injured 23 since 1978.
Dr. Paul Rosenberg began to open the package after returning home from a vacation late Sunday, said Police Chief Jay Tedesco. He and his wife fled the house and called authorities after he saw wires coming out of the package.
Had Rosenberg peeled the package open another eighth of an inch there would have been an explosion, said Mike Costello, who disarmed the bomb.
Rosenberg, a neurologist at Children's Hospital in Boston, told police he had no idea why anyone would want to kill him.
The Unabomber has struck off and on around the country since 1978, generally targeting university professors and people from the airline and computer industries.
The most recent bombs thought to be the Unabomber's work were mailed earlier this year to professors at the University of California at San Francisco and Yale University in New Haven, Conn. In October authorities offered a $1 million reward for help in a case that has stymied investigators. LANGUAGE: ENGLISH COLUMN: NATIONAL BRIEFS LOAD-DATE: December 22, 1993