Pulp Science

by Kiko Matsing

For Professor, Fury Just Beneath the Surface

Police in Huntsville, Ala., charged Bishop, 44, with capital murder after she allegedly opened fire on six colleagues at a faculty meeting Friday, killing three. Afterward, she calmly called her husband and asked him to pick her up as if nothing had happened…

Bishop’s husband, James Anderson, told the Herald his wife had been fighting the university for over a year about a tenure denial, and several months ago received a final decision.

from Boston Herald, 26 Feb 2010

And it gets more and more creepy from there:

  • On Dec, 6, 1986, Bishop, 44, shot and killed her 18-year-old brother with a shotgun at their Braintree, Mass., home. (CBS News)
  • Also, police reports that Amy Bishop used a shotgun to try to steal a getaway car from a local dealership before being arrested at gunpoint (AP)
  • Amy Bishop and her husband, James Anderson, were questioned after a package containing two bombs was sent to the Newton home of Dr. Paul Rosenberg, a professor and doctor at Boston’s Children’s Hospital… Bishop surfaced as a suspect because she was allegedly concerned that she was going to receive a negative evaluation from Rosenberg on her doctorate work… (boston.com)
  • Several people with connections to the university’s biology department [at UAH] warned that Dr. Bishop, a neuroscientist with a Harvard Ph.D., might have booby-trapped the science building with some sort of “herpes bomb,”… She had also written an unpublished novel in which a herpes-like virus spreads throughout the world, causing pregnant women to miscarry. (NY Times)
  • As she was taken in handcuffs from a police precinct to the county jail she screamed, “It didn’t happen. There’s no way … they are still alive.” (NY Daily News)