Relatives Question Why Professor Accused Of Shooting Was Hired

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Grieving relatives of three professors gunned down at a university faculty meeting questioned why their accused colleague was hired despite a dispute with a former boss who received a pipe bomb and the shooting death of her brother.

Amy Bishop is charged in the three deaths and the wounding of three other professors at a meeting Friday at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She was vocal in her resentment over being denied tenure and the looming loss of her teaching post, though relatives and students said she had never suggested she might become violent.

The outbreak of violence was followed by weekend of revelations that Bishop had a difficult past that she did not discuss with her Alabama colleagues.

In 1986, Bishop shot and killed her 18-year-old brother with a shotgun at their Braintree, Mass., home. She told police at the time that she had been trying to learn how to use the gun, which her father had bought for protection, when it accidentally discharged.

Authorities released her and said the episode was a tragic accident. She was never charged, though current Braintree police Chief Paul Frazier questions how the investigation was handled.

In another incident, The Boston Globe reported that Bishop and her husband were questioned by investigators looking into a pipe bomb sent to one of Bishop's colleagues, Dr. Paul Rosenberg, at Children's Hospital Boston in 1993. The bomb did not go off, and nobody was ever charged.

Bishop's father-in-law, Jim Anderson, told The Associated Press that his son and daughter-in-law "were cleared when the evidence proved they had nothing to do with it."

He said ATF conducted the investigation. "They focused on the wrong persons and let the bad guy(s) flee," he said.

Sylvia Fluckiger, a lab technician who worked with Bishop at the time, said Bishop had been in a dispute with Rosenberg shortly before the bombs were discovered, though she didn't know the nature of the disagreement.

"It was common knowledge," she told the AP Sunday.


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  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Feb 16, 2010 at 11:33 AM
    There's no doubt that she has mental issues; however, you're right in saying that I merely made a speculation. I think it's time that justice is served.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2010 at 07:52 PM
    or Wise One she could have mental issues or been abused when she was young. You can never tell by just looking at someone what they have been through.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2010 at 06:09 PM
    If looking crazy makes you crazy...she screams "IM BONKERS!"
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Feb 15, 2010 at 05:31 PM
    Two of the professors killed are alums of NC State University. In the picture, you see the face of someone, or something, who/that is the result of a spoiled childhood. When your children are used to always getting their way, they begin to think that they are entitled to things. Then, when those things are not freely given to them, they do whatever in their power to receive their desires, even if it means murder. Unless you want your children to grow up to be monsters, teach them early that things will not always go their way. Teach them to learn to live with that and make the best of their situations.
  • by wow on Feb 15, 2010 at 02:31 PM
    Unbelievable how she got away with a murder and a pipe bomb threat. If they would have investigated the first time she would be in jail waiting on death row.
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