In a lead-up to the release of his book in June, David Willman writes about Bruce Ivins’ eccentricities and threats of violence. The problem is, the story fails to make clear who Willman’s sources are. How does Willman know Ivins carried a gun on campus? How does Willman know Psychiatrist David Irwin said Ivins was the scariest patient he’d ever treated?
A psychiatrist who treated him in the late 1990s, Dr. David Irwin, confided to a therapist that Ivins was the “scariest” patient he had ever known…
On July 18, 2000, Ivins told a mental health counselor that he had recently planned to poison his former assistant, Mara Linscott. In addition to having cyanide, he said that he had once obtained ammonium nitrate, to make a bomb.
He saw himself, Ivins said, as an “avenging angel of death.”
Did these comments originate with the alcohol counselor, who was herself under house arrest at the time for DUI and had a long list of old police charges, including assault and possession of drug paraphernalia?
This piece does appear to shed additional light on Ivins’ history and odd habits, but much better sourcing is needed for Willman’s work to add significantly to the anthrax letters narrative.