This post includes stories of terrorism and murder.
One month after the contentious 1996 election, an assailant stabbed Dr. Calvin Jackson eleven times, causing him to lose fourteen pints of blood before he was stabilized. The stabbing took place outside Jackson’s New Orleans medical practice. Police apprehended the man responsible later that day when he entered a Baton Rouge clinic, but they released him. His whereabouts are unknown.
A series of attempted murders began in 1994, with three Canadian abortion providers shot in their homes by sniper rifle. Dr. Garrison Romalis was shot in 1994; Dr. Hugh Short was shot in 1995; and Dr. Jack Fainman was shot in 1997. All three doctors survived. Another non fatal shooting took place in Rochester, New York on October 28, 1997. Dr. David Gandell was injured by flying glass but not struck by the sniper’s bullet.
Those shootings were never solved though many pro choice activists and researchers believe the man responsible is currently in prison for murder. The Vermont born terrorist joined the Lambs of Christ – a Christian Identity violent, racist, homophobic, anti contraception and abortion Roman Catholic group. Dr. Barnett Slepian was shot in his kitchen at around ten o’clock at night on October 23, 1998. He died of his injuries.
The murderer fled the country. While the anti abortion terrorists of the 1970s and 1980s had sought notoriety and martyrdom, standing around and waiting to be arrested, the more political terrorists of the 1990s tried to evade capture. He was placed on the FBI Ten Most Wanted list. The killer went through Mexico and Ireland before being apprehended by French police. The US Attorney General promised the death penalty would not be an option, as condition of the extradition treaty with France which abolished capital punishment in 1981.
The killer was convicted of second degree homicide and sentenced to the maximum of 25 years to life imprisonment. He was also charged and convicted in federal court with violating the Free Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act and with illegal discharge of a firearm. For that he received a sentence of life in prison, plus ten years. He is serving these sentences at a Federal Correctional Institution in West Virginia.