I find it extremely odd that a scientist who spent decades working with bio-weapons research would choose to take his own life with an overdose of acetaminophen/paracetamol (Tylenol/Panodil). This route to suicide is not quick, however popular among the poorly-informed. Mostly due to fact it is a readily available drug, but anyone with access to basic toxicology information would know that the events leading to a fatal outcome stretch over several painful, gruesome days or weeks. Acetaminophen/paracetamol carries a greater risk of death by liver failure.  Why would Ivins choice this method?

Also the FBI states Ivins was the “custodian” of the specific strain of the Ames Anthrax well that theory dosen’t exactly pan out either. As of 2002;

LABORATORIES THAT HAVE WORKED WITH THE AMES STRAIN OF ANTHRAX
(Information obtained from open sources)

  1. USArmy Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (Ft. Detrick, MD)#*
  2. Dugway Proving Ground (Utah)#*
  3. Naval Research Medical Center and associated military labs (MD)#
  4. Battelle Memorial Institute (Ohio; plus laboratories in many other locations)#*
  5. Duke University Medical School, Clinical Microbiology Lab. (NC)
  6. VA Medical Center, Durham (NC)
  7. USDA laboratory and Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames (Iowa)
  8. LSU College of Veterinary Medicine*
  9. Northern Arizona State University (Arizona)*
  10. Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute (IL)
  11. University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque (NM)*
  12. Institute for Genomic Research (MD)
  13. Chemical and Biological Defense Establishment, Porton Down (UK)*
  14. Center for Applied Microbiology and Research, Porton (UK)*
  15. Defense Research Establishment, Suffield (CA)*

In addition, CDC, NIH, and Los Alamos and a few others may have the Ames strain. (Source)

The DOJ Anthrax Documents can be found here, perhaps in the coming weeks the truth behind this story will be resolved but for now, I am not convinced.

For more background read: The Ames Strain (How a sick cow in Iowa may have helped to create a lethal bioweapon.) by UCLA Department of Epidemiology

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