Real Name: Eric Robert Rudolph
Aliases: None Known
Wanted For: Murder, Terrorism
Missing Since: July 1998
CaseEditDetails: On July 27, 1996, at Centennial Park, Fallon Stubbs and her 44 year old mother Alice Hawthorne were visiting Albany, Georgia, celebrating Fallon's 14th birthday. Just before 1:20am, the two stopped to take a photograph when a bomb shattered the Olympic Games, killing Alice and injuring hundreds of others. A security guard named Richard Jewell soon became the prime suspect, but was soon cleared in the case. A task force of several state and federal investigators was created, but within the next seven months, two more bombings would occur in Atlanta, one at an abortion clinic on January 16, 1997, and another at a lesbian bar on February 21, 1997, injuring dozens. Investigators discovered that the bomber was planting a second device apparently designed to injure police officers and rescue personnel that responded to the first bomb. FBI and ATF technicians recretaed the bombings and found that all the three were linked through forensics. After the third bombing, letters were left by the "Army of God", an unknown terrorist group who claimed responsibility for the three bombings, and an FBI profiler analyzed the letters and believed that the bomber's true target was law enforcement. Then, on January 29, 1998, abortion clinic nurse Emily Lyons arrived early for work, so she and off duty police officer and security guard Robert Sanderson were walking to the enterance of the clinc in Birmingham, Alabama, when Emily noticed an overturned flower pot that looked out of place. When Robert grabbed the pot, it exploded, and shrapnel killed him and seriously injured Emily, who had several screws and nails in 90% of her body. Investigators realized that the bomber had finally achieved his goal: murdering a law enforcement officer; but this time, forensics revealed that the bomb was detonated by a remote control, meaning that the bomber was nearby. Then, a witness came forward claiming that he noticed a mysterious man leave the scene of the explosion, take off a wig, and drive away in a pick-up truck. The witness wrote down the man's license plate which was traced to 31 year old Eric Rudolph and an arrest warrant was placed for him in February of 1998. A swat team raided Rudolph's trailer but missed him by just a few minutes, so several hundred law enforcement officers searched through Nantahala National Forest after Rudolph's truck was found abandoned nearby.
Investigators soon learned that Rudolph had been raised in a family of white supremacists and separatists, and he had also served in the US Army and was an experienced outdoorsman and survivalist. The last sighting of Eric Rudolph was in July of 1998 by a close friend, George Nordmann, who owned a grocery store and lived in a remote mountain cabin. Eric approached George about food, but he decided to not help Eric, but just two nights later, the Nordmanns were raided and several pounds of food along with a truck were stolen, most likely by Rudolph. He remains on the FBI's Most Wanted List and has been charged with the three bombings in Atlanta and bombing in Birmingham, along with the murders of Alice Hawthorne and Robert Sanderson.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the June 12, 2002 episode of Unsolved Mysteries. The connection between the then-unsolved Atlanta bombings and a series of bombings in Spokane was featured on the May 16, 1997 episode.
Results: Captured. In May of 2003, the police picked up a homeless man going through the trash in North Carolina and brought him to the police station. They noticed that he seemed to be identical to the Rudolph wanted poster and soon they confirmed his identity while in custody. Rudolph had benn living off scraps and leftovers from the trash. He was charged with two counts of murder, and several counts of terrorism, and he then entered a plea bargain in August of 2005 and was sentenced to four life terms in prison in exchange for telling authorities where he hid several explosives in the North Carolina wilderness.