The University of Alabama neurobiology professor charged with shooting three colleagues to death is “a far-left political extremist who was obsessed with President Obama to the point of being off-putting,” according to the Boston Herald.
Amy Bishop, 44, has been charged with capital murder after allegedly opening fire on colleagues at a faculty meeting at the university’s Huntsville campus on Feb. 12, killing three biology professors and injuring three other school employees.
Authorities have not disclosed a motive, although there have been reports that Harvard-educated Bishop was distressed after recently being denied tenure at the Alabama school.
The shooting is not the first instance of violence in Bishop’s life. Back in 1986, she shot her 18-year-old brother Seth to death in Braintree, Mass. She fired at least three shots, hitting Seth in the chest once, The Associated Press reported. The shooting was ruled an accident at the time.
But the Herald is reporting that Bishop was also a suspect in the attempted bombing of a Harvard medical doctor evaluating her doctorate work in 1993. Paul Rosenberg received a bomb in the mail and ran from his home with his wife. The bomb did not explode.
According to the Boston Globe, Rosenberg opened a long, thin package and saw wires and a cylinder inside. The package contained two 6-inch pipe bombs connected to two nine-volt batteries.
No one was ever charged with mailing the bombs to Rosenberg.
Huntsville police Chief Henry Reyes said he is working with the FBI to learn why Bishop was questioned by police in regard to the attempted bombing.
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