Alabama University Shooting: Suspect Amy Bishop’s Violent Past Gets Another Look

Investigators to Re-Open Case Against Bishop in Brother’s 1986 Killing

by Andrea Canning, Michele McPhee
and Sarah Netter
ABC News

The alleged violent past of the once-seemingly docile University of Alabama professor accused of a fatal shooting rampage has stunned the family of her victims and prompted investigators to probe deeper into her past.

ABC News has learned that investigators will re-open the 1986 shooting death of professor Amy Bishop‘s brother. Declared accidental at the time, investigators say they were never comfortable with the ruling.

Investigators also revealed that seven years later, Bishop was the prime suspect in a 1993 mail bombing attempt on a Harvard Medical School professor.

“I just feel angry,” LaTasha Davis, step-daughter of shooting victim Maria Davis, told “Good Morning America” today. “How did she even get a job working at the school when she had that type of background?”

Bishop, 42, could now face the death penalty in the Alabama shooting, in which three professors were killed at a faculty meeting and three others were injured.

The article continues at ABC News.

And from The Boston Globe, 2/14/10:

The professor who is accused of killing three colleagues at the University of Alabama on Friday was a suspect in the attempted mail bombing of a Harvard Medical School professor in 1993, a law enforcement official said today.

Amy Bishop and her husband, James Anderson, were questioned after a package containing two bombs was sent to the Newton home of Dr. Paul Rosenberg, a professor and doctor at Boston’s Children’s Hospital.

It was the second startling revelation in two days about the past of Bishop, who is accused of fatally shooting three colleagues and wounding three others Friday afternoon at a faculty meeting on the University of Alabama’s Huntsville, Ala. campus…

…Bishop surfaced as a suspect because she was allegedly concerned that she was going to receive a negative evaluation from Rosenberg on her doctorate work, the official said…

The entire article is at the Globe.

Jim Hoft at GatewayPundit has even more on Bishop. It is stunning to us that this woman is on the streets, much less teaching at a University.

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