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CASE NAME

"Devil Strip" Kidnapping

DISCOURSE TYPE

Ransom Note

CASE TYPE

Description

Early in his career in the mid-1980s, Roger Shuy was approached by Illinois police for help on a kidnapping case involving a ransom note. Shuy was able to determine due to certain spellings and the use of the term "devil strip" that the kidnapper was likely an educated man from the Akron, Ohio area. When the police confronted the only suspect on their list who fit this description, he confessed.

Data Links

Kidnapping

CASE NAME

2013 Ricin Letters

DISCOURSE TYPE

Threatening Communication

CASE TYPE

Description

In 2013, threatening letters laced with ricin were sent to President Obama, Senator Roger Wicker, and Mississippi Judge Sadie Holland.

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Threat

CASE NAME

9/11 - Khalid Sheikh Muhammad

DISCOURSE TYPE

Courtroom Discourse

CASE TYPE

Description

On 10 March 2007, a tribunal hearing was conducted for the ISN on board the U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to review unclassified evidence in order to determine the enemy combatant status of Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, a principal operative in al Qaeda and architect of the September 11th attacks.

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Terrorism

CASE NAME

9/11 - Zacarias Moussaoui

DISCOURSE TYPE

Courtroom Discourse, Airline Cockpit Recordings, Personal Writings

CASE TYPE

Description

On 16 August 2001, Zacarias Moussaoui was arrested after instructors at the Pan Am International Flight Academy in Minnesota reported him for suspicious activity and possible terrorist connections. After the September 11th attacks, a two-phase trial beginning on 6 March 2006 was held to determine if Moussaoui's lies after his arrest contributed to deaths on the day of the attack. Moussaoui was found eligible for the death penalty, but on 3 May 2006, the jury did not unanimously agree that he should be sentenced to death, and he was instead sentenced to life in prison.

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Terrorism

CASE NAME

Al Dossari

DISCOURSE TYPE

Suicide Note

CASE TYPE

Description

In or around December 2001, Jum'ah Mohammed Abdul Latif Al Dossari was seized in Pakistan and subsequently brought to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Over the next few years, he suffered numerous human rights violations and attempted suicide several times with an accompanying note written on 14 October 2005. He was unsuccessful in his attempts and was released to Saudi Arabia in 2007 with no charges against him.

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Terrorism

CASE NAME

Alabama Bunker

DISCOURSE TYPE

Emergency Calls, Hostage Negotiations

CASE TYPE

Description

On 29 January 2013, Jimmy Lee Dykes shot and killed bus driver Charles Poland and took five-year-old passenger Ethan Gilman hostage in an underground bunker in Alabama. Dykes wanted to exchange the boy for a female news reporter who would broadcast his anti-government message before he committed suicide. After almost seven days of negotiations, the FBI successfully rescued Ethan, killing Dykes in the process.

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Kidnapping, Murder, Hostage