The proclamation of "person of interest" Hatfill by Attorney General John Ashcroft and the media over willingness to follow along with the phrase and the undercurrent of the assumption of guilt made him pariah. Hatfill did eventually get a out of court settlement of 5.8 million he still lost things that can't have a price tag (8 ).
Steven Hatfill said after he was declared a person of interest in 2002 " My girlfriend's home was also searched," and also said "She was manhandled by the FBI upon their entry [and] not immediately shown the search warrant. Her apartment was wrecked while FBI agents screamed at her that I had killed five people and that her life would never be the same again. She was terrified by their conduct; put into isolation for interrogation for eight hours,"(9 ).
A second person of "interest was named" who also worked for the US government, what happened to "a pretty small operation"?
The second SUSPECT was Bruce Ivins. Ivins reportedly committed suicide, before charges could be filed. He saw what happened to Hatfill, considering the Justice Departments media show of his mental state, would this be enough to drive him over the edge? (10 ).
Investigators offered Ivins' son a 2.5 million dollar reward to turn his father in, his twin sister was shown victims of the anthrax letters and told "Your father did this,. A colleague of Ivins Jeffrey Adamovicz said "One of the statements that he relayed to me -- that his children were, in fact, told by FBI agents that were doing the interview that their father was a murderer," And continued "And that I could tell greatly disturbed Bruce, as it would anybody."(11 ).
Jeffrey J. Adamovicz, former director of the bacteriology division at U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases ( USAMRIID)at Army fort in Frederick said about this event "I really don't think he's the guy. I say to the FBI, 'Show me your evidence,' " he described the tactics used by the FBI, "A lot of the tactics they used were designed to isolate him from his support. The FBI just continued to push his buttons." (12 ).
A fellow worker of Ivins, said Richard O. Spertzel, "USAMRIID doesn't deal with powdered anthrax," and continued "I don't think there's anyone there who would have the foggiest idea how to do it. You would need to have the opportunity, the capability and the motivation, and he didn't possess any of those." (13 ).