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By Robert Graysmith

Nationwide bestselling true-crime writer Robert Graysmith lends his investigative perception to the definitive case research of America's invisible terrorist. dependent partly on details from the FBI's Amerithrax activity strength, in addition to the author's autonomous study, and with authentic photographs and transcripts of the anthrax letters, this can be the main entire paintings so far in regards to the plague of terror that arose within the wake of 9/11/01--and the relentless medical manhunt to forestall it.

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When the wreckage was fine-combed no anthrax spores were found. Nor were any ferreted out in the two terrorists’ condominium. Upon closer scrutiny, another question arose. , an indication that the infection developed before his arrival. ” There was simply not enough intelligence to draw a specific conclusion. Thomas W. McGovern, the leading authority on anthrax for the American Academy of Dermatology’s bioterrorism task force, said it was “highly unlikely” for someone to contract cutaneous anthrax on his lower leg.

Following leads, the FBI began checking where the 9-11 terrorists had lived. During the summer the skyjackers had been sighted all around the Boca Raton area. Reports that the hijackers had inquired about renting crop dusters resulted in one hundred panicked calls about suspicious powders. They had even had dealings with AMI. ’s Steve Coz said later. And it was true that Atta, suspected mastermind of the 9-11 atrocities, and two other skyjackers had attended the same flight school near AMI’s Boca Raton headquarters.

Even in the first stage of the illness, their blood cultures grew B. anthracis. Doctors could also identify the bacteria by pleural or transbronchial biopsy specimens by immunohistochemical staining with B. anthracis–specific cell-wall and capsular antibodies. They did have a less complicated tool. Chest X rays had been a sensitive indicator in both patients. Neither Stevens nor Blanco had a normal chest X ray. A more sensitive indicator in spotting multiple abnormalities in the lungs and middle sternum would prove to be a CT.

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