The Huntsville Shooting and Amy Bishop
Amy Bishop is taken into custody by police in Huntsville, Alabama, on Friday, February 12, 2010. (Photo: Dave Dieter, Huntsville Times / AP)
Yesterday, after reading about this Huntsville tragedy, I emailed a few friends to get their input.
One wrote back saying, "I wonder if they are trying to condition us for something."
Below is another reply along with my response followed by one of the many articles:
Subject: Huntsville shooting
Since I trust/believe LITTLE if any of the what we are told in the news, what do you make of this tragic incident?
•The shooter's husband was also taken into custody but no reason why given
•There are a couple of photos of a blond woman being handcuffed and put in a police car but no name nor explanation.
•The shooter is Dr. Amy Bishop, professor at the university who graduted from Harvard and previously taught there.
•Both Huntsville and Harvard have been/are involved in mkultra/mind control.
•Huntsville is home to the nasa nazis which is a cover for the cia which is another cover for the illumanti.
•There was another shooting at a jr high school a week or so ago in the Huntsville area.
praying for the families...
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Hmmmm, hadn't even heard about this... we don't have a TV anymore and if we don't happen to see it on internet news, we miss it. Really weird and really tragic.
There are lots of "questions" that people are asking on the comments section. Many feel there is something else going on there. Kinda interesting.
One of the first things I like to ask is what is going on behind the scenes that this is drawing attention away from (so it goes on undetected - sometimes stuff in Congress or even on the State level) and the other thing I presume is that it's another attempt at changing the Constitution to outlaw weapons.
Weird that two happened in Alabama so near in time to one another. Of course, Alabama is a strong "gun rights" state. Not real surprising.
Interesting about the MKUltra thing. Didn't know that Huntsville and Harvard are both involved in that. I thought that was dead now and not taught/implemented??? Oh well, we will certainly find more of this in the future, I am certain. The world is evil!
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Yes, I agree with your analysis. I also wondered what else may be going on - probably many agenda items with this, most of which are behind the scenes no doubt.
It was odd (but not too surprising) that when I went back to find a couple of photos of a blond woman, heavy set, glasses, 40's, curly hair, in handcuffs being put in a police car, they are gone now - can't find them.
Also, the look on Amy Bishop was so strange to me. If she is a victim of mkultra type of mind control, she would have multiple personalities with the killer one triggered by her handler, like in the book/movie 'Manchurian Candidate'. In this article, (see below) it says:
She was taken Friday night in handcuffs to the county jail, and said as she got into a police car: "It didn't happen. There's no way. ... They are still alive."
Strange words... but not if she was/is under mind control.
I know there are a lot of weird things going on - always have - but we/I must not get distracted but stay focused on our wonderful Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ while obeying His Word and sharing the message of the cross, death and resurrection to give hope to the lost
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Professor charged in university shooting
Colleagues, students describe her as bright, ‘very weird’
Msnbc's Alex Witt reports.
updated 1 hour, 15 minutes ago
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A biology professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville accused of gunning down three of her colleagues during a faculty meeting in an apparent tenure dispute was known as a bright woman who some students said had difficulty explaining complicated topics.
Three others were wounded in the incident Friday — a rare instance of a woman being accused in a mass shooting. Amy Bishop, 42, a Harvard-educated neurobiologist who became an assistant professor at the school in 2003, has been charged with capital murder.
She was taken Friday night in handcuffs to the county jail, and said as she got into a police car: "It didn't happen. There's no way. ... They are still alive."
Bishop's husband was also detained for questioning but police did not call him a suspect.
On Friday, Bishop presided over her regular class before going to a biology faculty meeting where she sat quietly for about 30 or 40 minutes, one University of Alabama faculty member told the New York Times. Then, she pulled out a gun and began shooting, firing several rounds before her gun either jammed or ran out of bullets, said the faculty member, who had spoken to people that were in the room.
After she left the room, he said, the remaining people barred the door, fearing she would return. She was arrested outside the building without incident.
'A really big nerd'
Students' assessments of Bishop varied. Some recalled an attentive, friendly teacher, while others said she was an odd woman who couldn't simplify difficult subjects for students.
Sammie Lee Davis, the husband of Maria Ragland Davis, a tenured researcher who was killed, said his wife had described Bishop as "not being able to deal with reality" and "not as good as she thought she was."
In a brief phone interview, Davis said he was told his wife was at a meeting to discuss the tenure status of another faculty member who got angry and started shooting.
Maria Ragland Davis was killed along with two other biology professors, Gopi K. Podila, chairman of the biological sciences department, and Adriel Johnson. Another two biology professors and a professor’s assistant were wounded and were at a Huntsville hospital in conditions ranging from fair to critical.
Bishop and her husband, Jim Anderson, had created a portable cell incubator, known as InQ, that was touted as a replacement for the old-fashioned petri dish and less expensive than its larger counterparts. The couple won $25,000 in 2007 to market the device.
Andrea Bennett, a sophomore majoring in nursing and an athlete at UAH, said a coach told her team that Bishop had been denied tenure, which the coach said may have led to the shooting.
Bennett described Bishop as being "very weird" and "a really big nerd."
"She's well-known on campus, but I wouldn't say she's a good teacher. I've heard a lot of complaints," Bennett said. "She's a genius, but she really just can't explain things."
Amanda Tucker, a junior nursing major from Alabaster, Ala., had Bishop for anatomy class about a year ago. Tucker said a group of students complained to a dean about Bishop's classroom performance.
"When it came down to tests, and people asked her what was the best way to study, she'd just tell you, 'Read the book.' When the test came, there were just ridiculous questions. No one even knew what she was asking," Tucker said.
However, UAH student Andrew Cole was in Bishop's anatomy class Friday morning and said she seemed perfectly normal.
"She's understanding, and was concerned about students," he said. "I would have never thought it was her."
Nick Lawton, 25, described Bishop as funny and accommodating with students.
"She seemed like a nice enough professor," Lawton said.
The Huntsville campus has about 7,500 students in northern Alabama, not far from the Tennessee line. The university is known for its scientific and engineering programs and often works closely with NASA.
The space agency has a research center on the school's campus, where many scientists and engineers from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center perform Earth and space science research and development.
The university will remain closed next week, and all athletic events were canceled.
Female shooters rare
It's the second shooting in a week on an area campus. On Feb. 5, a 14-year-old student was killed in a middle school hallway in nearby Madison, allegedly by a fellow student.
Mass shootings are rarely carried out by women, said Dr. Park Dietz, who is president of Threat Assessment Group Inc., a Newport Beach, Calif.-based violence prevention firm.
A notable exception was a 1985 rampage at a Springfield, Pa., mall in which three people were killed. In June 1986, Sylvia Seegrist was deemed guilty but mentally ill on three counts of murder and seven counts of attempted murder in the shooting spree.
Dietz, who interviewed Seegrist after her arrest, said it was possible the suspect in Friday's shooting had a long-standing grudge against colleagues or superiors and felt complaints had not been dealt with fairly.
Gregg McCrary, a retired FBI agent and private criminal profiler based in Fredericksburg, Va., said there is no typical outline of a mass shooter but noted they often share a sense of paranoia, depression or a feeling that they are not appreciated.
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Rate My Professor - Amy Bishop
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2007 UAH ARTICLE
Amy Bishop holding invention, the CellDrive
Amy Bishop incubates winning business idea
For more information:
Phil Gentry, (256)824-6420
A company created to bring to market the portable cell incubator invented by a UAH biology professor and her husband placed third in a recent statewide university business plan competition and won $25,000 to help the company get started.
Intelligent Cellular Systems (IntellCell) is developing a commercial product from technology created by Dr. Amy Bishop, an assistant professor of biology, and her husband Jim Anderson, and patented through UAH.
In the short term, the system has possible applications as a low-cost replacement for larger and more expensive immobile incubator systems. Since it is portable, the small incubator might also be used for research growing cells in situ, with long-duration exposure to microgravity, radiation or industrial pollution. It might also be used for long-term microscope studies, in which cells are grown under constant scrutiny.
"This also opens the door for the automation of specific biological and biomedical research," Bishop said. "We found out that there is a huge demand for this product."
Led by recent UAH business school graduates Aaron Hammons and Tod Opichka,
IntellCell was one of 61 teams and companies that entered its business plan in the inaugural Alabama Launchpad Initiative, a statewide business plan competition affiliated with six state universities and the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama.
Halo Research, a team led by recent UAH engineering graduate student Chris Otto, finished second and won $50,000. A startup led by an Auburn University alumnus took first place and the $100,000 grand prize.
Another finalist, AT Biosciences, LLC, includes Dr. Maria Davis, also an assistant biology professor. AT Biosciences developed molecular biomarkers for academic research and clinical diagnosis using a new patent-pending technology.
Although UAH had only 14 of the original 61 teams that started the competition last fall, it had eight of the 26 semi-finalists and half of the eight finalists. Auburn and UAB each had two teams reach the final round.
Other universities participating in the business plan competition were The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama A&M University and Alabama State University.
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2007 Audio Interview with IntelCell CEO and UAH graduate, Aaron Hammons
February 14, 2010 UPDATE
MKULTRA Mind Control and Huntsville
Survivors Cathy O'Brien and Brice Taylor were also subjected to Beta, or sex-slave, programming. They, like actress Marilyn Monroe, were called "presidential models", mind-controlled slaves for the use of high-level politicians. According to Springmeier's book, "...in 1981, the New World Order made training films for their novice programmers. Monarch slave Cathy O'Brien was used to make the film How To Divide a Personality and How To Create a Sex Slave. Two Huntsville porn photographers were used to help NASA create these training films." Sullivan recalled: "I was used both as a child and as an adult in those alter states, and I had more than one. In those alter states I would not resist. I had no anger. I was an absolute sexual slave and I would do whatever I was told to do." MIND CONTROL SLAVERY & The NEW WORLD ORDER - by Uri Dowbenko
Source: MKULTRA Programming
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Excerpt from Confessions of a White House sex slave, MKULTRA victim
Our first destination would be Huntsville, Alabama. This southern U.S. city is famous for its tourism centerpiece, the NASA owned U.S. space and Rocket Center. The town also boasts of being home to more Pentagon, black-budget, U.S. dollars per capita than anyplace else in America. Cathy harbors a very different opinion of this town, its police force, and the NASA research facility. For Cathy and Kelly, Huntsville had been a place they were regularly taken to by Alex Houston for hi-tech torture and the production of child and adult pornography films.
This trip to Huntsville would be different for Cathy, except for one aspect of her previous experiences. Both she and I would receive our first threat to our lives in our pursuit of justice from law enforcement. This was surprising to me and "normal" for Cathy.
The lead-up to this threat began with my phone call to a Huntsville based legal aid group known as the National Association of Child Advocates. This organization publicized that it was formed through the leadership efforts of the local district attorney 'Bud' Crammer, who is known to his constituents as "Gun Ban Bud." After supplying this advocacy center with Cathy's recollections of her past experienced in Huntsville, we were contacted by two Huntsville City Police Department "vice" detectives. Their names were Jeff Bennett and Chuck Crabtree.
Upon our arrival into Huntsville, these two vice cops escorted us and our trailer to a local apartment used for staging drug buys. The place was furnished, complete with audio and video bugs throughout every room. When I asked Bennett if the "place was bugged," he flatly denied it. From this lie I knew with certainty that Cathy and I were there to be specimens for whomever to study. I knew "who," and we gave them our best performance to mislead them. This action probably saved our lives.
After weeks of "delays", the two vice cops sat down with Cathy and me for discussion. She supplied them a myriad of testimony including detailed physical descriptions of two particular perpetrators, their names, and location maps of where they lived and allegedly produced child and adult pornography. The two perpetrators, themselves Huntsville policemen, were also helpful assets in the campaign for electing District Attorney Bud Crammer. Their names were Audie Majors and Sergeant Frank Crowell.
After Cathy had exhausted all of her recollections, Crabtree and Bennett ordered us to "leave Huntsville now while we were still alive, and shut up if we intended to stay that way!"
Later, Cathy and I would learn that Crabtree and Bennett had notified every law enforcement officer in over five states to whom we had provided information. They reported that we were a pair of "professional con artist criminals." . . .In addition, the Nashville office of the FBI was responsible for perpetrating Crabtree's and Bennett's discrediting lies. This FBI action ceased after resident-in-charge Ben Purser was told by a friendly district attorney that I now could prove the identity and prosecute those responsible for character assassination. The harassment stopped.
It is interesting to note that 'Bud' Crammer would in less than a year, be elected to Congress. Within months after his election, Bud was rewarded for years of alleged containment practices. Allegedly Bud has been covering up investigations for the intelligence community, DOD, and of course his number one financial supporter, NASA.
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LIST OF DEAD SCIENTISTS
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Shooting stuns Bishop’s husband
By Eric Moskowitz
Globe Staff / February 15, 2010
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - His voice heavy, James Anderson said last night that he has not been able to read or watch the news accounts about his wife, Amy Bishop, her past, and what might have caused her to allegedly open fire at a university faculty meeting Friday. But he has received distilled reports from friends, he said.
“I’m sorry for those guys,’’ said Anderson, referring to the three colleagues of Bishop who were killed and the three others who were wounded. “I haven’t even looked to see who was killed. Because I worked with those people.’’
Adriel D. Johnson, Maria Ragland Davis, and Gopi Podila were killed in the shooting. Two of the wounded - Joseph Leahy and Stephanie Monticciolo - were in critical condition early yesterday. The third, Luis Cruz-Vera, had been released from the hospital.
Anderson, an Alabama native who was raised in New England, is a freelance scientific researcher who specializes in biology. He met his wife at Northeastern University more than two decades ago, when they were undergraduates, he said.
He stood on the doorstep of the house where he and Bishop have lived for nearly seven years, a Colonial 12 miles southeast of the University of Alabama’s Huntsville campus.
Speaking in a muted voice, Anderson said he had been surrounded by close friends and family since Friday. He sounded distressed when he talked about what had happened, but he also smiled warmly, occasionally punctuating his words with chuckles.
Anderson said his wife’s attorneys, whom he did not name, had advised him not to speak publicly but he wanted to “clear the air’’ on what he called some misconceptions in the media, including a report that Bishop was considered a suspect in the investigation of a mail bomb sent to a Harvard Medical School professor in 1993.
Neither he nor his wife was a suspect, Anderson said, calling it “just a matter of questioning, being bothered, harassed’’ by investigators.
He said he wants to piece together what happened on the Huntsville campus Friday. “Why’d she snap? That’s my question,’’ he said. “I’ve got to get to the bottom of that.’’
He added, “Everybody loves her. And everybody, including myself, we’re shocked. We don’t know what happened. They don’t know what the university did to her.’’
Anderson said the couple’s four children were holding up better than he was. “They’re all New Englanders,’’ he said, his oldest child, 18, out of sight but within earshot.
After about seven minutes, he brought the interview to an end.
His daughter called from inside, and he moved to close the front door. “OK, I’m getting the signal,’’ he added. “One of my kids needs me.’’
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And yet one more...
Quincy man recalls Bishop holdup
‘For the last 23 years, it was just a cool story I could tell.’
By Jessica Van Sack, Jessica Fargen and Edward Mason
Monday, February 15, 2010 - Updated 4h ago
A former auto-body worker claims Amy Bishop put a gun to his chest and demanded a getaway car just minutes after she shot her brother to death 24 years ago in a controversial case that is now being reviewed.
Tom Pettigrew, 45, told the Herald he was working at the Dave Dinger Ford auto repair shop in South Braintree, near the former Bishop home, when he saw the gun-wielding woman run into the dealership with what he thought was a BB gun.
Pettigrew, of Quincy, who was 22 at the time, recalled telling his co-oworkers: “I’m like, ‘Did I just see what I just saw?’ ”
Pettigrew said he heard noise coming from where car keys are stored, so he went to investigate.
“I go over to the door and I can sense that she’s right near the door,” Pettigrew said. “I’m thinking it’s a BB gun. I open the door and she’s right there and we basically bumped into each other and I got a shotgun right in my chest!”
“And she’s like, ‘Hands up!’ and I’m like, ‘Yes ma’am’ ”
Bishop appeared agitated and nervous, Pettigrew said. The University of Alabama professor now accused of killing three colleagues Friday said she needed a car because, “I got into a fight with my husband and he’s going to kill me,” the worker recalled.
Pettigrew then watched as Bishop walked through the dealership looking at cars, all the while grasping the gun.
By then, police arrived and swarmed the parking lot. One armed officer climbed up on a nearby roof, Pettigrew said, and could have taken her out.
Instead, they arrested her. Braintree police Chief Paul Frazier has said officers on duty claim they were forced by retired former Chief John Polio to let Bishop, whose mother was a member of the police personnel board, go. Polio denies that and said then-District Attorney William Delahunt investigated the case and ruled it an accident.
Pettigrew said police questioned him after the incident but he never heard from them again.
“For the last 23 years, it was just a cool story I could tell my friends,” Pettigrew said.
Braintree Mayor Joseph C. Sullivan said yesterday the city, its police department and the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office are “conducting a full and thorough review of its municipal and law enforcement records to locate all materials relating to the Dec. 6, 1986, death of Seth Bishop . . . to identify if there were any deficits in its past record-keeping process.
The mother was head of the police personnel board and that is key. She allowed placement of applicants who are desired by the police department and herself I am sure swept under the rug any disciplinary charges against connected or 'needed' officers.
What is astounding is we are talking about small potatoes here, yet murder by the daughter of this public employee is tolerated.
More is going on here.
It is not hard to consider the possibility that the Bishops were government informers. Perhaps they worked for the Feds.
The Feds did not care if you murdered as long as you were a good informer ( a la whitey bulger)
Political corruption is one thing violence to carry out corruption is quite another.
Braintree public employees who migrated to other towns to work should be reviewed by the receiving town.
Nearby Norfolk county towns need to protet themselves against these employees because they are working hand in glove with developers and possibly 'mafia type' crime
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Februray 15, 2010 UPDATE
LINK: Alleged Shooter's Husband, James Anderson, Speaks
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Amy Bishop Anderson Madison County Inmate information
ID Number: 0064007
Name: AMY BISHOP ANDERSON
Date of Birth: 02/04/1968
Height: 5 feet 08 inches
Location: MXBK -- MAIN BOOK
CAPITAL MURDER 1PM
3 COUNTS ATTEMPTED MURDER 1PM
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Is Accused Murderer Dr. Amy Bishop an Academic Fraud, Delusional or Both?
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Follow the Emails
I also think hubby knows more than he lets on & his stories already have holes. He told the police he drove her to, & she called him to pick him up, but today to media he reported "the last time he saw her was Friday morning before class." He also told police he didn't know where she got the gun, that they don't have a gun, but tonight he reports that prior to the shooting she suddenly wanted to go to a firing range with a gun he'd never seen before, and he accompanied her NO QUESTIONS ASKED. Assuming he believed the shooting of her brother WAS accidental, wouldn't you be concerned she suddenly takes an interest in guns after all these years (of not owning a gun) & wouldn't you at least ask why, not to mention "where's the gun permit, honey?" If I, a virtual stranger, knew she was upset about tenure (from 1 email), you KNOW her husband knew. Especially as they had reportedly hired a lawyer about it!! And what about the neighbor's statement they loaded packed duffel bags into the car (as if for a trip) at 3pm, 1 hr before the shooting? What's in the duffel bags, what were they for, where were they going (and where's the evidence of a planned trip), & why the holes in his story? He also claims (this morning) that he was hoping the bomb story wouldn't break. Seems odd he was hoping THAT story, over the brother story wouldn't break. Seems I'd rather the story of me being one of 20+(allegedly) "persons of interest" (according to him) in the bombing break rather than the 1 where I had undoubtedly and admittedly shot & killed my brother (whether accident or no) break. Neither one is pleasant & I guess he could argue that it concerned him because it was focused on faculty (versus an innocent bystander) & eerily similar, but it was also the one in which HE was implicated as a co-conspirator.(I read they questioned him about buying the materials). Perhaps he knew Amy's state of mind (obviously upset, obviously considering gun shooting and obtaining a gun) even if he didn't pull the trigger or give her the gun, & did NOTHING to stop it. Perhaps he wanted her out of the way so he could take sole credit & get sole $$ for the joint invention?! Divorcing Amy would affect his access to Amy's daddy's millions and potentially the invention money also - this way Amy is locked away forever & he still has access? After all, he is the guardian of their 4 minor kids now & they will stand to inherit a lot from Amy's elderly (and well-connected) parents! Let's face it - something is clearly amiss when he was questioned about the bombing - no guilt by association. He was a suspect / POI. Lots of crimes happen where the spouse is completely innocent & never even considered a POI. And he seems unstable and not as smart as he thinks he is because he clearly has loose lips (that are opening up the holes in his story) even now. I said the first day that he will be arrested - just wait. He even was advised to quit talking (presumably by a lawyer) & then goes on to tell about going to the firing range with Amy & the mystery gun before the shooting. These people aren't idiots - any kid would find that to be a big red flag! Drastic change in behavior - you can't get much more drastic than that. Just like Amy in 1986 supposedly was afraid of guns, but then decides she needs to learn to shoot. If she needed to learn, why didn't she wait and get her experienced dad or brother to teach her? And I don't know guns, but how do you accidentally fire 3 shots from a pump-action style gun? Most people would freak & drop the gun after it went off the first time anyway. It'd be interesting to see if somehow her brother had surpassed her in something - some science contest or honor or something.
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February 16, 2010 UPDATE
UAH biology faculty describes scene in meeting, tries to come to grips with deadly shooting
By Steve Doyle
February 16, 2010, 7:22AM
The Huntsville Times
HUNTSVILLE, AL -- One of the survivors of Friday's deadly shooting said he is confident the University of Alabama in Huntsville's decimated biology faculty will get past the tragedy and get on with the business of educating students.
But it's going to take time, Dr. Joseph Ng said Monday.
"It's quite devastating," said Ng, who was inside the third-floor conference room at UAH's Shelby Center when three of his colleagues were shot and killed with a 9 mm handgun. Police arrested Dr. Amy Bishop, another member of the UAH biology faculty who had failed to earn tenure several months ago.
"One day, you have all these great people working with you," Ng said. "Next day, they're gone."
Ng sent an e-mail to a friend in California on Sunday describing the chaotic scene inside the conference room. According to his e-mail, Bishop stood up about 30 minutes into the meeting and pulled out a gun.
"She started with the one closest to her and went down the row shooting her targets in the head," Ng wrote. "Six people sitting in the rows perpendicular were all shot fatally or seriously wounded. The remaining 5 including myself were on the other side of the table (and) immediately dropped to the floor.
"During a reload, the shooter was rushed, and we pushed her out the hall way and closed the door. Thereafter we barricaded the door and called 911."
Ng said he never intended his e-mail to be made public. But it wound up on the Orange County Register's Web site on Monday, when Ng's friend forwarded it to the California newspaper without asking his permission.
He politely declined Monday to talk about the specifics of the shooting or his thoughts about Bishop.
"We're key witnesses," Ng said. "I don't want to say anything that might compromise the investigation or the whole process that's to come."
Dr. Robert Lawton, another professor who survived the shooting, also declined to talk about the incident when reached at home Monday.
"I just don't want to go into what happened in that room," Lawton said. "Why would you want to describe a car wreck?"
Ng, an associate professor who coordinates UAH's biotechnology doctorate program, said the shooting happened during an otherwise "mundane" faculty meeting about budgets and schedules.
UAH's 13 full-time faculty members are a tight bunch, Ng said, that often has dinner together in each others' homes. He said it's more like a family than the "all business" biology departments where he has worked in the past.
"There's Southern hospitality here, I've got to admit," said Ng, who grew up in Los Angeles.
In the aftermath of the deadliest shooting episode on an Alabama college campus, Ng said the uninjured members of the biology faculty are trying to be strong for the families that are preparing to bury their loved ones. The first funeral, for Dr. Adriel Johnson, is Friday.
Department assistant Stephanie Monticciolo, who suffered a gunshot wound to the face, is listed in serious condition in Huntsville Hospital's surgical intensive care unit. Microbiology professor Dr. Joseph Leahy remains in critical condition in the neuro ICU.
"Right now," Ng said, "we're just trying to find out how we can work best with the families and the ones still in the hospital."
When classes at UAH resume Monday, Ng said he expects biology professors to come from as far as Birmingham and Tuscaloosa to help out. HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology may also play a role in getting the department back on its feet, he said.
Ng, who came to the Rocket City 11 years ago, said he hopes the deadly school shootings on back-to-back Fridays haven't shaken people's confidence in Huntsville. There's a reason this area scores high in just about every national survey of the best places to live, he said.
The UAH shooting "is an outlier," Ng said. "It has nothing to do with the degradation of society here in Huntsville.
"It was just an event that was completely unpredictable."
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New Look at Death of Alabama Professor’s Brother
By KATIE ZEZIMA and SHAILA DEWAN
Published: February 16, 2010
New York Times
BRAINTREE, Mass. — Amy Bishop, the Harvard Ph.D. accused of killing three colleagues at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, could have been charged with assault in connection with the shooting death of her brother in 1986, law enforcement authorities here said Tuesday.
After finding a set of missing police records concerning the death of Dr. Bishop’s brother, Seth Bishop, the Norfolk County district attorney released a statement saying there had been probable cause to charge Dr. Bishop with assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of ammunition.
Also Tuesday, The Boston Globe reported that Dr. Bishop was charged with assault in 2002 after punching a woman in the head at an International House of Pancakes in Peabody, Mass. According to a police report, Dr. Bishop was angry that the woman had taken the last booster seat in the restaurant, which Dr. Bishop wanted for one of her children, The Globe said. It added that Dr. Bishop was sentenced to probation and that prosecutors recommended she take anger management classes, though it is not clear whether she did.
Dr. Bishop was not charged in the shooting death of her brother, which was ruled accidental. Her mother told police investigators that Amy Bishop, then 20 years old, had been trying to unload the shotgun when it went off.
The newly discovered documents throw a new light on a violent episode in Dr. Bishop’s past that was hidden from her colleagues in Alabama, where she was seen as having a promising career in neuroscience. Had Dr. Bishop been charged with the serious crimes listed by the district attorney on Tuesday, their presence on her record might have changed the course of her career, even if she were eventually acquitted.
As the district attorney’s office noted in its statement, the documents do not contradict the statements of Dr. Bishop’s mother, Judith Bishop, who was the only witness to the shooting of her son. They also do not explain why no charges were filed at the time.
The mayor of Braintree, Joseph Sullivan, said in a statement that Judith Bishop was one of 240 elected members of the town meeting, representing Precinct 3 from 1980 to 1993.
In the hours after the shooting death of her brother, Dr. Bishop tried to use the shotgun to steal a car from a nearby Ford dealership, said Tom Pettigrew, an employee of Dave Dinger Ford at the time. In an interview on Tuesday, Mr. Pettigrew said a woman who he soon realized was Amy Bishop approached him with a shotgun and told him to put his hands up.
“She was distraught,” Mr. Pettigrew said. “She was hyperaware of everything that was going on. She said: ‘I need a car, I just got into a fight with my husband. He’s looking for me, and he’s going to kill me.’ ”
Mr. Pettigrew, whose account was first reported in The Boston Herald, said Dr. Bishop looked at some cars, then left the dealership carrying the gun and was arrested a few blocks away.
“She didn’t look like she was comfortable holding the gun,” Mr. Pettigrew said. “My impression was that this girl didn’t really have intimate knowledge of firearms.”
John Polio, the former police chief of Braintree, said Tuesday evening that if he had known about the incident at the car dealership, he might have considered pressing assault charges against Dr. Bishop. He said he saw the newly released police reports for the first time on Tuesday.
“I wasn’t privy to any of these reports,” Mr. Polio said. “Whether one hand didn’t know what the other was doing, I don’t know.”
Ray Garner, a spokesman for the university in Huntsville, said that the university knew nothing of Dr. Bishop’s violent past when she was hired, and that there were no indications of trouble in her personnel file.
“We did the normal academic background checks,” Mr. Garner said, adding that Dr. Bishop had letters of recommendation from Harvard and elsewhere. “She seemed pretty impeccable.”
Mr. Garner said Dr. Bishop filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last year, accusing the university of sex discrimination. The case has not been resolved, he said, but the university denied the accusation.
In Huntsville on Tuesday, a witness to last week’s shooting said that the assailant did not seem to be singling out any specific person in the faculty meeting where three professors were killed and three others wounded.
“This wasn’t random shooting around the room, this was execution style,” said Debra Moriarity, a biology professor who was in room at the time. “In my mind, as I saw it happen, she was just going to go around and shoot everyone.”
But Dr. Moriarity, who is also the dean of the university’s graduate program, said she was not going to let that happen. Crawling across the floor, she grabbed for Dr. Bishop’s legs, yelling at her to stop, she said. Dr. Bishop turned, pointed the gun down at her, and fired — but it did not go off.
“You can’t write this up like I’m some hero, because I’m not,” Dr. Moriarity said when asked to recount the events of Friday. “Everyone in the room played a part.”
The meeting began normally enough. Dr. Bishop was uncharacteristically quiet, but Dr. Moriarity chalked that up to the fact that it was the beginning of Dr. Bishop’s final semester at the university.
Dr. Bishop had lobbied for a reconsideration of the department’s decision to recommend against tenure, faculty members said, and had tried to conduct straw polls to see who might favor her if a revote occurred.
But none of that seemed to matter when Dr. Bishop rose, pulled out a 9-millimeter handgun, and with no preamble began to fire, Dr. Moriarity said.
In an e-mail message describing the event, another professor, Joseph Ng, wrote, “She started with the one closest to her and went down the row shooting her targets in the head.” He continued: “Blood was everywhere with crying and moaning. We were in a pool of blood in disbelief of what had happened.” The message was published on the Web site of The Orange County Register after Dr. Ng, who had not intended to make it public, sent it to a friend.
Dr. Ng, Dr. Moriarity and the others on the far end of the room dove under the conference table. Dr. Moriarity crawled over to Dr. Bishop and grabbed her by the leg, yelling, “Amy, think about my grandson! Think about my daughter! I helped you, I helped you before, and I’ll help you now,” she said.
Dr. Moriarity said she had often acted as a “sounding board” for Dr. Bishop and had given her advice when she came up for tenure.
But in the room, any such relationship seemed forgotten. Dr. Bishop shook Dr. Moriarty off, turned, and pointed the gun down at her. “She looked at me and fired — and it clicked,” Dr. Moriarity said.
Dr. Bishop did not speak, Dr. Moriarity said. “She just looked angry,” she said. “The expression on her face never changed. Until the gun jammed — the last expression I saw was more of a perplexed look.”
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Jersey Shore native details confrontation with Alabama shooter
By GREG HAYES and MIKE MANEVAL - firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
POSTED: February 17, 2010
A Jersey Shore native who relocated south is being called a hero in the aftermath of last Friday's shooting at the University of Alabama in Huntsville that left three dead and three others wounded.
Debra Moriarity graduated from Jersey Shore Area High School in 1972 and now is the university's graduate school dean and a member of the biology faculty. She has a bachelor's degree from Penn State and a doctorate from Temple University's School of Medicine.
The fatal shootings occurred at a faculty meeting for biology instructors. The meeting had been going on for about half an hour when Amy Bishop, a university professor, allegedly suddenly got up and methodically began shooting people in the head around the table, starting with those closest to her.
Moriarity and Joseph Ng, an associate professor who worked with Bishop in the biology department, were among those in the room. According to Associated Press reports, about a dozen teachers and staff members were sitting elbow-to-elbow at a long table when Ng heard the "pop-pop-pop" of a 9 mm handgun.
He and the rest of the survivors dived under the table, desperate for cover.
Moriarity said two thoughts raced through her mind consecutively as the shooting occurred: This can't be real, and this has to be stopped.
Within seconds the shooting stopped and during the lull, Moriarity confronted Bishop, trying to talk her out of the rampage and shoving her back out into a
hallway. When Bishop persisted in aiming at Moriarity and pulling the trigger, the gun did not fire and Moriarity slammed the door as the shooter rummaged through a bag. Moriarity and her colleagues then barricaded the door with a table.
"Everything happened very quickly," Moriarity said.
Bishop was arrested moments later outside the building.
"Moriarity was probably the one that saved our lives. She was the one that initiated the rush," Ng told AP reporters. "It took a lot of guts to just go up to her."
Moriarity said she knew Bishop "pretty well" and the two used laboratories next to each other.
Moriarity said the university and community have been "wonderful" in the shooting's aftermath and have been respectful of the emotional toll on the victims and witnesses. "It's a great place," she said.
Moriarity was back at work on Monday at her office as dean, while the Shelby Center - both scene of the shooting and the facility in which her second office as a biology professor is located - remains closed. Her day Tuesday was filled with inquiries from the media, which she described as exhausting, with a national network news crew waiting in her driveway this morning.
Moriarity told the Chronicle of Higher Education, a weekly magazine, she grew up in a hunting family in Lycoming County - one she described as loving and close - and had been around guns often. While another member of the faculty at the scene found the gunshot "deafening," Moriarity did not. But a familiarity with guns is not the only experience from her childhood Moriarity draws upon as Huntsville grieves the three lives lost.
Moriarity also draws upon her strong faith in God, saying her family taught her to be strong and to deal with adversity with grace - a trait she said her mother, Hannah Moriarity, epitomized.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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James Anderson and his wife, Amy Bishop, show off a prototype of their invention that aims to replace the petri dish in 2007
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Web Exclusive: interview with Amy Bishop's husband
Posted: Feb 16, 2010 8:14 PM PST
Updated: Feb 16, 2010 8:14 PM PST
WAFF Video on Demand
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The husband of the suspect, Dr. Amy Bishop-Anderson, talks to WAFF48 News about the arrest of his wife.
Jim Anderson told us his wife acted no differently Friday than any other day.
He said his family is just like any other family. Although he knows right now that's difficult for people to understand.
Right now, since its been a long holiday weekend, the banks are open and attorneys are back at work and he's trying to organize his life.
But his top priority, he said, are his 4 children, the youngest who still does not know his mom is in jail charged with murder.
February 19, 2010 UPDATE
Amy Bishop's Court Appointed Huntsville Attorney, Roy Wesley Miller
What about the comments that a 9mm gun does not make a clicking noise? Who knows about guns?
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February 23, 2010 UPDATE
Witness reported talk of revenge in bomb case
Bishop spouse was described as angry
By Shelley Murphy
Boston Globe Staff / February 23, 2010
After two pipe bombs arrived at the Newton home of Dr. Paul Rosenberg in December 1993, a witness told investigators that Jimmy E. Anderson Jr. had said he “wanted to get back at’’ the doctor by shooting, bombing, stabbing, or strangling him, according to files released yesterday by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Nothing in the files indicated whether investigators found the unidentified witness credible. But the files confirmed that Anderson and his wife, Amy Bishop, were questioned in the attempted mail bombing. The documents also provided more details about why investigators may have focused on them - although they were never charged.
Rosenberg, a Harvard Medical School professor and physician at Children’s Hospital, told investigators that weeks before the attempted bombing, he played a role in Bishop’s resignation from her job as a postdoctoral research fellow in the hospital’s neurobiology lab because “he felt she could not meet the standards required for the work,’’ according to the documents.
Rosenberg said Bishop’s co-workers felt she had “problems with depression,’’ that he thought “she was not stable,’’ and that there had been growing concerns because she had “exhibited violent behavior.’’
The case remains unsolved. But yesterday, former US attorney Donald K. Stern, who presided over the office when prosecutors oversaw the attempted mail bombing investigation, said the case should be reviewed, following Bishop’s arrest in the Feb. 12 shooting death of three of her colleagues at the University of Alabama at Huntsville.
“There’s a reason to take a fresh look because you want to make sure things were done properly,’’ Stern said. “I have no reason to believe that they weren’t, but sometimes it’s useful to take a look back because it could suggest improvements.’’
In a telephone interview from Huntsville last night, Anderson’s father, Jimmy Sr., identified himself as the family spokesman and said he could not comment on documents he had not seen.
He appealed to the media to back off of stories about Bishop, Anderson, and their past until after she is tried in the Alabama slayings, which occurred during a faculty meeting over her denial of tenure. Three other colleagues were wounded in the shooting. He said he sympathized with the victims, but the probing news stories, damaging comments posted by readers, and speculation from bloggers were rendering his son unemployable, damaging the family’s emotional stability, and straining its finances.
“Treat us like human beings,’’ he said.
In an interview last week, Bishop’s husband told the Globe that he and his wife were questioned about the attempted mail bombing, but insisted they were not suspects.
Huntsville attorney Roy W. Miller, who represents Bishop in the Alabama shooting case and is pursuing an insanity defense, said that Bishop and Anderson weren’t the only people looked at in the 1993 case.
He discounted the idea that Anderson could have been involved, saying, “He’s just so gentle and kind and worried about his family. Every time I call, the dishes are clanking and you can hear the kids . . . he’s just not the type of person I can see under any circumstances being involved with violence.’’
Rosenberg had just returned home from a Caribbean vacation with his wife on Dec. 19, 1993, when he began opening a package addressed to “Mr. Paul Rosenberg M.D.’’ that had been brought in with the mail. When Rosenberg saw wires and a cylinder inside, he and his wife fled the house and called police.
The files obtained yesterday by the Globe said the investigation identified “two suspects, a married couple,’’ and that one of the pair “had quit employment . . . and was reportedly upset and on the verge of a nervous breakdown, according to witnesses interviewed.’’
The names are blacked out in most of the files, but three people familiar with the investigation have confirmed on condition of anonymity that the documents refer to Anderson and Bishop. In one document, Anderson’s name is not redacted, and he is identified as the person who allegedly told a witness in 1993 that he “wanted to get back’’ at Rosenberg and wanted to “shoot him, bomb him, stab him or strangle Rosenberg.’’
The files indicate that the witness said someone had purchased a 9mm pistol years earlier, but it was unclear whom he was referring to because portions of the document were redacted.
The files reveal that federal authorities searched seven sites related to the couple. Bishop allegedly refused to open the door when investigators arrived with a warrant to search the couple’s Braintree home in April 1994, prompting them to break a window to enter.
During the search of the home and an office, investigators found items similar to those used to construct the pipe bombs, including a partially used tube of DuroMend epoxy and an Avery Dennison five-column Analysis Pad, according to the files.
However, laboratory analysis of physical evidence seized during the searches were “unable to tie any of the items’’ to the explosives mailed to Rosenberg, according to the files.
Investigators also obtained receipts of items purchased at Radio Shack stores in Braintree and Cambridge, but the names of the customer were blacked out.
During a search of a desk in the couple’s living room, investigators found a business card for “Chalkville Bait & Tackle’’ in Birmingham, Ala., described in documents as “headquarters for black powder pistols, rifles, shotguns, and supplies.’’
But investigators did not find any black powder or black-powder pistols, the files say.
Investigators conducted electronic surveillance as part of the investigation, and a federal grand jury was convened, but those files remain sealed because grand jury proceedings are private.
Bishop and Anderson were photographed and fingerprinted and forced to provide handwriting samples, the files indicate.
“Both suspects have retained an attorney and have refused to participate in further interviews, have declined to give consent to a search of an unattached garage to the rear of their house, and have refused to take a polygraph,’’ according to the documents.
The investigation was closed on May 25, 2001, according to a page from an ATF management log contained in the files that says, “closed no potential.’’
Christina DiIorio Sterling, a spokeswoman for the US attorney’s office, declined to comment yesterday on the investigation. Assistant US Attorney S. Theodore Merritt, who handled the investigation, did not return calls.
But Stern, who led the US attorney’s office from Nov. 1993 through 2001, said that even though he believes the investigation was thorough and professional, it merits another look.
“You don’t necessarily dust off every old case and review it,’’ said Stern, adding, “Sometimes you take a fresh look at things in the past in light of current events. You can’t blind yourself to current events, especially when they are as tragic as what happened.’’
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From the Archives: Sister kills teenager in shotgun accident
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Feb 14, 2010 @ 04:18 PM
Last update Feb 17, 2010 @ 11:00 AM
This story appeared on page 1 of the Patriot Ledger on Dec. 8, 1986.
Sister kills teenager in shotgun accident at home
BRAINTREE – An 18-year-old who won prizes in science and music was killed when his sister accidentally fired a shotgun she was trying to unload in the kitchen of their Braintree home Saturday afternoon.
Seth M. Bishop, a freshman at Northeastern University in Boston, was shot in his home at 46 Hollis Ave., at about 2:20 p.m. Saturday, police said.
Police said his sister, Amy Bishop, was trying to unload the pump-action, 12-gauge shotgun when it discharged.
The fatal shooting was witnessed by Bishop’s mother, Judith, according to authorities.
The shotgun was registered to Bishop’s father, Samuel S. Bishop, a professor at Northeastern University.
According to investigators, Amy Bishop had been taught how to use the shotgun by her father. On the day of the accident, she was handling the loaded weapon in the home, although investigators said it was not clear why.
She pumped a round from the magazine into the firing chamber of the shotgun, then went into the kitchen and asked her brother and mother for help when she couldn’t eject the shell from the chamber, investigators said.
Her mother instructed Amy Bishop to pump the shotgun again, which ejected the first shell, according to an investigator. However, she apparently pumped the weapon again and unknowingly advanced a second shell from the magazine to the chamber.
Thinking the weapon was empty, she pulled the trigger, the investigator said. The blast struck her brother, who was standing three to four feet in front of her, authorities said.
Dr. William P. Ridder, an associate Norfolk County medical examiner, said Bishop was shot once in the lower right chest with bird-shot. He said Bishop showed faint signs of life when ambulance attendants arrived at the home, but attempts at reviving him were not successful. Bish was pronounced dead at 3:08 p.m. at Quincy City Hospital.
The accident is under investigation by Braintree police and the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office, but authorities said they don’t expect charges to be filed
Bishop graduated from Braintree High School this spring near the top of his class. He was a freshan at Northeastern University, studying electrical engineering.
Teachers say he was an accomplished violinist. He began studying music in elementary school and developed a broad repertoire. He was a member of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Braintree High School Orchestra and other student orchestras.
He received fine arts awards from state groups and the high school, including the Arian Award for Music. He won the Science Fair at the high school, second prize in the district science fair and third prize in the state science fair at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.
"He had great potential and he was interested in all aspects of science," said Paul Hogan, head of the high school sciences department. "I know he would have been very successful in whatever he chose to do."
Teachers recalled Bishop as a shy but friendly student who enjoyed school but kept to a small circle of friends who shared his interests in music and science.
"He was extremely gifted, so intelligent that I think many other students didn't understand him," said Dr. Katherine Dewey, head of the music department at the high school. "He was one of those genius kids who marched to the beat of his own drum.
"Once kids got to know him, they accepted him. They sort of looked after Seth, had him take part in whatever they were doing."
Dewey said Amy Bishop, who graduated from the high school two years ago, was also a talented violing who had gone on to study at Northeastern.
"They were very much alike, shy and pretty much out of the mainstream," she said.
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This story appeared the next day, also starting on page 1:
Gun fired moments before teen’s death
BRAINTREE – The shotgun that accidentally killed an 18-year-old college student in the kitchen of his Braintree home Saturday had gone off moments before in an upstairs bedroom.
After she accidentally discharged the gun into her bedroom wall, the victim’s sister, Amy, carried the weapon downstairs and asked for help unloading it. It was then that the shotgun discharged a second time, fatally wounding Seth M. Bishop, police said.
“It all happened in a split-second in front of me,” Judith Bishop, their mother, said this morning. “I keep seeing it over and over in my mind.”
Mrs. Bishop said Amy was trying to teach herself how to use the 12-gauge shotgun in case burglars broke into the house.
The family purchased the gun after their Hollis Avenue home was burglarized a year ago, Mrs. Bishop said.
When the shotgun went off in her bedroom, Amy Bishop, 20, became frightened and “highly emotional” and went downstairs to her mother and brother to find out how to unload it, Braintree Police Capt. Theodore Buker said.
“She came downstairs to the kitchen seeking help on how to unload it,” Buker said. “Her mother said something like, ‘Be careful where you point that’ and as she turned around (toward her brother) the gun discharged.”
Seth Bishop, a 1986 Braintree High School graduate and an award-winning violinist, was struck in the lower chest by the shotgun blast.
His funeral was today at All Souls Church in Braintree and he was to be buried later today in Exeter, N.H. He was a student of electrical engineering at Northeastern University in Boston.
Mrs. Bishop said last year's burglary was followed by an attempted housebreak just before Thanksgiving. Buker confirmed those incidents.
"I think she (Amy) thought she should know how to use it in case she was home alone," Mrs. Bishop said. "She didn't know anything about it."
Buker said after the gun went off in her bedroom, Amy Bishop apparently pumped a second shell into the firing chamber, then went downstairs seeking help. He said she probably did not know she had advanced a second shell into the chamber.
"It is not an automatic weapon, so in order for the shell to be advanced, it would have to be pumped," Buker said. "It isn't particularly hard to do."
Buker's comments clarified a report in yesterday's Patriot Ledger which said Amy Bishop tried to unload the shotgun by pumping it and had ejected a shell, but inadvertently loaded a second shell into the firing chamber and pulled the trigger.
Both Buker and Mrs. Bishop said Amy Bishop did not try to unload the weapon because she did not understand how it worked.
After the incident, Amy Bishop ran from the house with the weapon. Police officers found her a short time later near Braintree Square in a "highly emotional state."
Samuel S. Bishop, the father of Amy and Seth, was not at home at the time of the accident, Buker said.
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UA-Huntsville owns patent rights to Bishop's invention
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February 26, 2010 UPDATE
Attorney: Bishop's parents to cooperate, have 'nothing to hide'
February 26, 2010 02:23 PM
By Donovan Slack, Globe Staff
Judith and Samuel Bishop will cooperate in the judicial inquest into the fatal shooting of their son by their daughter in 1986, but they are sticking by their original assertion that it was an accidental shooting, their lawyer said today.
The Bishops, who have refused to speak publicly since their daughter allegedly killed three people earlier this month in a shooting rampage in Alabama, declined to speak with State Police investigators reviewing the death last week but will testify in the inquest, the lawyer, Bryan Stevens, said.
"They have nothing to hide," he said.
Norfolk District Attorney William R. Keating initiated the inquest yesterday after he said the Bishops -- the only witnesses to the 1986 shooting -- refused to cooperate and his investigators discovered evidence that suggests their daughter, Amy, may have shot and killed her 18-year-old brother on purpose. Keating said crime scene photos show there was a newspaper article in Amy Bishop's bedroom that chronicled a crime spree that closely mirrored her activities that day. In addition, Keating noted discrepancies in the Bishops' statements to police.
The lawyer who is defending Amy Bishop in the Alabama shootings also said today that he believes the judicial inquest could turn up information that will help him to mount an insanity defense. He said the same of a federal review initiated this week of an attempted mail bombing of one of Bishop's graduate professors. Bishop had been questioned in the 1993 incident but was never charged.
"My position on this is, if you ever got right down to the truth of the matter of what occurred in those areas up there, I think I would be in a better position to prove she's got a horrible mental defect and has had it a long, long time," said the lawyer, Roy W. Miller.
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Three shots fired accidentally with a pump shotgun? Yeah OK...
2/26/2010 2:36 PM EST Recommend (7)
What else do you expect them to say? It's been 20 years - are they really going to come clean now? That would be admitting they lied in the first place. Back then they probably rationalized it by saying we've already lost one children and don't want to lose another etc.
2/26/2010 2:44 PM EST Recommend (3)
Good luck with the insanity defense, Mr. Miller. She clearly has the ability to know right from wrong. She is calculating and on some level very intelligent. Whatever happened to someone being sane but just plain evil.
2/26/2010 2:46 PM EST Recommend (5)
24 years later, I doubt their recollection of specific details will be terribly sharp.
2/26/2010 2:53 PM EST
Sure, they have "nothing to hide" if you add the word "anymore."
DNA test Amy and DNA test the old chief Pulio.
2/26/2010 2:55 PM EST Recommend (3)
Keep hiding from the truth Bishop family...but it's going to come out sooner or later.
Eitherway, there's no "getting out" this time for your daughter and her crime down South.
Not buying the "insanity" plea either. Try again.
2/26/2010 2:56 PM EST Recommend (4)
"Mental defect" does not equal "legally insane". She's a classic narcissistic sociopath. She clearly was able to "conform" her behavior when it was necessary to meet her goals and when things were going her way. She did get a Ph.D. from Harvard. Amy is "crazy like a fox". She learned very early in life that it was okay to lie, cheat, and, yes, kill, to get her way. She had the presence of mind to make up the lie about her "husband" trying to kill her when she showed up at Dave Dinger Ford with the shotgun.
Good luck, Mr. Miller. I don't think any thinking person is going to buy your insanity defense.
2/26/2010 3:04 PM EST Recommend (6)
She was insane to walk around with that face-have you ever seen this broad---horrible looking
2/26/2010 3:04 PM EST Recommend
I would like to see the parents tried for perjury. It would be interesting to know exactly what the fight with Daddy Bishop was actually about to enrage her enough to shoot her brother. I still find it very odd that the family owned a shot gun because their home was broken into. Braintree circa 1986 was a sleeply little suburb-not exactly an urban shooting gallery. Most people would use a hand gun for protection. Is there a police report from 1985 re: a robbery at their home? This family has a lot of secrets. It makes you think Mom and Dad covered for Amy so she wouldn't spill the family secret.
2/26/2010 3:06 PM EST Recommend (4)
The more info that comes out the weirder this case gets. BaCk in '86, Moms Bishop supposedly leveraged Amy out of the hoosegow with no record, even tho Amy had just blasted her brother to death with a shotgun. Now Amy awaits legal action in a capital punishment state for three more killings. How come Moms... and even Dads... aren't in Huntsville to at least visit the grandkids and Amy's hubby? A case of Moms and Dads being told not to leave Massachusetts? Nah, their offenses, whatever those might be in a legal sense, are not that encumbered. Not visiting the grandkids... Imagine what life is like for Amy's four kids. And Moms and Dads don't visit the grandkids....
2/26/2010 3:08 PM EST Recommend (4)
"I would be in a better position to prove she's got a horrible mental defect and has had it a long, long time".
Horrible mental defect? You mean vindictive nature and uncontrolled anger timed by narcissism? And parents? Still clinging to accident motif. Improbability of mother’s account: didn’t hear first shot in the bedroom, etc. should be used against her legally.
Investigators should be able to reconstruct the murder day.
2/26/2010 3:11 PM EST Recommend (1)
Insanity defense for Emu, er Amy? Cmon...she was pissed off that she was not tenured for God sake, so she murdered in cold blood. It's time for Amy to go buh-bye for good. She got away with murder once, lets not let it happen again...she needs the death penalty.
2/26/2010 3:13 PM EST Recommend (1)
three shots from a shot gun, one dead on the kithen floor followed by an armed car jack attempt followed by an armed stand off with cops, followed by an arrest, followed by an
unarrest and a declaration of an accidental death and no state police detectives for eleven days - the Bishops might not have anything to hide but someone sure does - this all flunks the smell test Lives in Alabama could have been saved - shame on everyone involved. Obvious fix was in.
2/26/2010 3:18 PM EST Recommend
Amy's attorney will no doubt make a good faith effort at pushing the insanity defense, but that's not likely to be successful. He may be able to make headway later on after conviction at mitigating her sentence. I think it's unlikely that she will get the chair.
2/26/2010 3:23 PM EST Recommend (1)
It does say that intensely ambitious, highly degreed people are just as nuts, just as bad, and just as problematic, as the rest of us. Credentials don't mean much outside of a human resources office.
2/26/2010 3:25 PM EST Recommend
Hmmm, Amy's mother was once the secretary for Polio. Polio was rumored to have a multitude of affairs around town. Doesn't take dick tracy to figure out what the incentive was for charges to be dropped.
The last domino to fall? What leverage did Polio use on Delahunt to get him to drop the investigation and let it go?
What a swill pit. I feel bad for the cops that wanted to do their job - the chief has besmirched their reputations based on his crappy judgment.
2/26/2010 3:31 PM EST Recommend
Lots of questions in this, lots of questions. Never thought I would be hooked into wanting to know the conclusion.
2/26/2010 3:32 PM EST Recommend
Too bad they did not "cooperate" 24 years ago. If they did, perhaps more people would not have suffered Amy's twisted revenge.
2/26/2010 3:32 PM EST Recommend
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