Glynn Harding, 27, who terrorized people in various animal enterprises in Great Britain by mailing 12 explosive devices, was ordered detained indefinitely in a mental hospital.
Three of the devices caused injuries to people, including a woman who lost an eye and a young girl who barely avoided serious disfigurement. Harding planned to mail up to 100 such devices, and the nature of his crime led the sentencing judge to label his actions as "pure evil." Speaking at his sentencing hearing, Judge Elgan Edwards said,
You conducted a dreadful campaign sending nail bombs through the post, putting people at risk and causing, in the case of one lady, the most dreadful injury, blinding her in one eye. In my view, this was pure evil.
Harding was clearly mentally disturbed, telling police that he had reached an agreement with Jesus that in exchange for mailing 100 bombs, Harding's stillborn child would be allowed to enter heaven.
Harding targeted people working in animal enterprises (though sometimes the link was very tenuous), and several of the packages were scrawled with ARM -- the initials for the terrorist group, Animal Rights Militia. Harding was not, however, a member of any organized animal rights group (though activists who routinely sanction such violence are just as culpable for such acts as are pro-life people who say the murder of an abortion doctor is self-defense are morally culpable for the wave of anti-abortion violence).
'Pure evil' letter bomber detained in mental hospital. Helen Carter, The Guardian (UK), September 22, 2001.
'Deal with Jesus' led to bomber's hate campaign. Nigel Bunyan, The Daily Telegraph (London), September 22, 2001.