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Security angers anthrax victim's widow

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The wife of the first victim of the 2001 U.S. anthrax attacks said Thursday she is shocked that a mentally ill scientist could work with the deadly disease.

Maureen Stevens held a news conference in West Palm Beach to speak out about news that Bruce Ivins, a researcher at Fort Dietrich, Md., is believed to be the person who mailed letters containing anthrax spores in 2001, the Palm Beach Post reported. Ivins apparently committed suicide last week.

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"To us, my family, this is shocking. We have persisted in our belief from the beginning that this was a crime done by a United States government insider, with the access and ability to get this substance out of the Fort Dietrich lab as a result of poor or non-existent security," she said. "Our view has proven to be correct."

Bob Stevens, a photo editor at New American Media in Boca Raton, died in 2001. His wife said she believes he was a random victim.

Stevens said she would have liked to be able to sit in court, hear the evidence and see Ivins pronounced guilty.

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