Anthrax scientist becomes chief suspect, commits suicide

One of the leading scientists in the investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks has committed suicide after learning the FBI had identified him as a suspect in the attacks. Bruce Ivins, 62, had worked at a U.S. government biodefense labs in Maryland for eighteen years. He died after — no, not what you think — after ingesting "a massive dose of prescription Tylenol mixed with codeine," according to a friend and colleague. I did some reporting and actual lab work on bioterrorism after the attacks. Anthrax, I learned, isn't taken seriously as a weapon of mass destruction because it's hard to deliver lethal doses, and it's not rabidly contagious. You really want smallpox. (Photo by AP/Ron Thomas)