Anthrax Widow Seeks $50M From U.S.
The widow of an anthrax victim filed a $50 million wrongful-death claim with the government, alleging that lax security at a Maryland Army base allowed the theft of the deadly strain — even though it hasn’t been proved that the anthrax was stolen from there. Robert Stevens, a photo editor in a building owned by American Media Inc., publisher of six supermarket tabloids, including The National Enquirer and Globe, died Oct. 5, 2001, after apparently inhaling anthrax from a tainted letter. Stevens’ death was the first known U.S. death from the inhaled form of the disease since 1976 — and the first of five nationwide in anthrax attacks in the weeks following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. No one has been arrested. Maureen Stevens wants to get more information about her husband’s death — including a copy of his autopsy report — and is pursuing a financial settlement, her attorney, Richard Schuler, said Friday. Full Story