Eric Robert Rudolph - Fast Facts
Here is a look at the life of Eric Robert Rudolph.
Personal: Birth date: September 19, 1966
Birth place: Merritt Island, Florida
Father: Robert Rudolph
Mother: Patricia (Murphy) Rudolph
Education: Attended Western Carolina University, 1985-1986
Military service: U.S. Army, 1987-1989, discharged for pot smoking
Timeline: 1981 - After his father Robert dies, Rudolph moves from Florida with his mother and siblings to Nantahala, North Carolina.
1984 - Rudolph spends time at Church of Israel, a Christian Identity retreat in Schell City, Missouri.
1989 - Rudolph works as a self-employed carpenter in western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee and northern Georgia.
1996 - Rudolph begins using the aliases Bob Randolph and Bob Rudolph.
July 27, 1996 - A bomb explodes in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park during the Summer Olympic Games, killing two.
January 16, 1997 - A bomb explodes at an abortion clinic in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs. An hour later, a second bomb explodes. Seven people are injured.
February 21, 1997 - A bomb explodes at the Otherside Lounge, a lesbian nightclub in northeast Atlanta, injuring four people. Investigators find a second bomb before it detonates.
January 29, 1998 - A bomb hidden beneath a shrub explodes at the New Woman All Women Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama. Robert Sanderson, a 35-year-old off-duty police officer working as a security guard, is killed. Nurse Emily Lyons, 41, is seriously injured. In his 2005 plea agreement, Rudolph admits that he detonated the bomb by remote control, as Sanderson stood over it.
January 30, 1998 - Law enforcement agencies begin looking for Eric Robert Rudolph after witnesses report seeing his gray 1989 Nissan pickup near the Birmingham clinic before the blast.
February 7, 1998 - Rudolph's abandoned truck is discovered by two raccoon hunters in the woods eight miles from Murphy, North Carolina. Hundreds of law enforcement officers conduct a door-to-door search and comb the woods, but Rudolph eludes them.
February 14, 1998 - A federal warrant is issued charging Rudolph with the Birmingham bombing.
March 8, 1998 - To protest what he feels is the persecution of his brother by the FBI and the media, Daniel Rudolph sets up a camera in his Summerville, South Carolina garage. He cuts off his hand with a circular saw. It is later surgically reattached.
May 5, 1998 - Rudolph is added to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. A $1 million reward is offered for information leading to his arrest.
July 11, 1998 - Andrews, North Carolina health food store owner George Nordmann tells authorities that Rudolph came to his Nantahala home July 7 asking to buy food and other supplies. He says that at first he agreed, and then changed his mind.
October 14, 1998 - Rudolph is formally charged with the bombings at Centennial Olympic Park, New Woman Clinic, and the Otherside nightclub.
May 31, 2003 - Rudolph is captured and arrested in Murphy, North Carolina by 21-year-old rookie police officer Jeff Postell.
June 3, 2003 - Rudolph pleads not guilty at an arraignment hearing.
April 8, 2005 - Rudolph agrees to plead guilty to all charges against him in exchange for life sentences with no possibility of parole.
April 13, 2005 - Pleads guilty to the Birmingham, Alabama abortion clinic bombing.
April 13, 2005 - Pleads guilty to the three Atlanta area bombings in Georgia, then releases an 11-page statement blaming the violence on the legalization of abortion and denies that he is an anarchist.
July 18, 2005 - U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith sentences Rudolph to two life terms in connection with the January 1998 Birmingham bombing.
August 22, 2005 - Rudolph apologizes to his victims and their families for his 1996 bombing of Centennial Olympic Park while appearing in court for sentencing. He does not apologize for any of the other attacks to which he has confessed. He is sentenced to serve a total of four consecutive sentences of life in prison plus 120 years for the attacks. He is currently incarcerated at the Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.
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