- Category : Passions-Criminal-Perpetrator-Homicide-serial
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Eden 3
- Birth Year: 1966
- Birthday: 19. September
- Birthplace: Tallahassee, USA - Florida
- Category: Passions-Criminal-Perpetrator-Homicide-serial
- Profile: 4-6
- Type: Emotional Manifesting Generator
- Inc.Cross: Eden 3
- Definition: Single
- Variables: BLL-MLR
- 4764 Abstraction
- 2343 Structuring
- 0214 Beat
- 0108 Inspiration
- 3536 Transistoriness
- 1156 Curiosity
American homicide perpetrator, a serial bomber, who pleaded guilty to bombings at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, which killed one woman and wounded 111 others, as well as bombings of two clinics at which abortions were performed and a gay nightclub, also deadly. The bombings all took place between 1996 and 1998, after which he was holed up in the Appalachian woods of North Carolina for five years. After his capture on May 31, 2003 in Murphy, NC, he pled not guilty. But on April 13, 2005, he changed his plea to guilty in return for life imprisonment. He and his attorneys produced an 11-page manifesto claiming that his main reason was to stop abortion, which he called a "holocaust." He stated that he set off an explosive device at the Olympics to "embarrass" the US government which has legalized abortion.
Rudolph was sentenced to four life sentences without parole on April 14, 2005.
Rudolph was one of six children. His father Robert died in 1981 of cancer, and some say Rudolph may have turned against the government for not approving the drug laetrile, an experimental drug at the time that was later discredited. His mother then moved to North Carolina with her brood whre they lived a self-sufficient life in a rural area. There are reports that a father-figure, Dan Gayman was a minister in a church affiliated with a movement called Christian Identity, a group which believes that Anglo-Saxons are the "true" chosen people of God and that the white race is superior to others. Rudolph quit high school but later earned his General Equivalency Diploma and attended Western Carolina University for two semesters. In August 1987 he enlisted in the US Army, which his mother blamed for being a bad influence on her son. He was discharged in January 1989 after he reportedly was caught with marijuana. One of his sisters-in-law said that he drifted for a while,earning money by selling marijuana. He began to isolate himself, withdrawing from society.
Dates of the bombings were given by CNN as:
July 27 1996 at 1:20 AM in Atlanta: Olympics
January 16, 1997 at a womens' clinic in Sandy Springs, GA
February 21, 1997 at a nightclub in Atlanta that catered to gays and lesbians.
January 29, 1998, at 7:33 AM at a Birmingham, AL women's clinic.
Police began looking for Rudolph a day later. On March 8, 1998, Eric's brother Daniel protested what he called the persecution of his brother. As part of his "protest" he set up a videocamera and recorded his slicing off his hand with a circular saw. The hand was later surgically re-attached.