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Who Bombed Judi Bari?


Steve Talbot Documentary (1991) & Interview (2002)

AVA Essays and Articles

"A Crime Against Common Sense"
by Bruce Anderson, September 22, 2023

"Scam Notes"
by Bruce Anderson, June 4, 2023

"Ed Note: Department of Unintentional Hilarity"
by Bruce Anderson, June 10, 2022

"Ed Note: Firing Pat Thurston"
by Bruce Anderson, March 23, 2022

"Mendocino County’s Greatest Swindle"
by Bruce Anderson, April 22, 2020

"What Do I Know?"
by Michael Koepf, January 16, 2019

"McCowen & Sweeney"
"Mendocino County Today" excerpt, March 20, 2017

"Mendocino County Proclaims May 24 as Judi Bari Day"
"Off the Record" excerpt, May 27, 2015

"Who's Bombing Her Now?"
by Bruce Anderson, September 30, 2014

"Sweeney’s College Gang"
"Venceremos" from, February 12, 2014

"The Mad Bomber Of Ukiah"
by Crawdad Nelson, July 9, 2013

"Citizen Sweeney"
by Mark Scaramella, June 24, 2012

"The Bari Scam Rolls On"
by Bruce Anderson, April 18, 2012

"Judi Knew Mike Bombed Her"
by Crawdad Nelson, March 22, 2012

"Who's Bombing Her Now?"
by Bruce Anderson, January 3, 2012

"Drinking the Wicked Bari Brew – Again"
by Mike Geniella, March 25, 2010

"Looking For Truth, Finding Myths"
by Mike Geniella, February 15, 2010

"Steve Talbot Comes to Boonville"
by Bruce Anderson, January 30, 2008

"Coleman's Book Stirs the Pot"
by Bruce Anderson, February 9, 2005

"Bob Williams Remembers Judi Bari"
Memo of the Week, November 19, 2003

"Bomber Timeline"
Letter to the Editor, August 20, 2003

by Bruce Anderson, August 6, 2003

"Now Comes the Afterscam"
Letter to the Editor, July 30, 2003

"The Mystery of Who Bombed Judi Bari"
by Bruce Anderson, July 23, 2003

"The Day I Met Mike on the Street"
by Bruce Anderson, January 15, 2003

"How Dare They"
Off the Record, May 15, 2002

"The Judi Bari Trial: A Radio Debate"
John Clarke v. Bruce Anderson, May 9, 2002

"Who's Crazy"
Off the Record, August 29, 2001

"When The Justice Department Visited Boonville"
by Bruce Anderson, May, 2001

"Mythologist McCowen"
Letter from John McCowen, July 12, 2000

"Sweeney’s New Shill"
Letter from Rob Anderson, July 12, 2000

"Manhunt: Anderson Pursues His Demon"
by Alexander Cockburn, March 8, 2000

"Who Bombed Judi Bari?"
Bruce Anderson interviews Steve Talbot, January 19, 2000

"Obstructing Justice for Fun and Profit"
by Bruce Anderson, December 1, 1999

"Off the Top"
March 17, 1999

"Mike Sweeney Responds"
Mike Sweeney wrote this response when the evidence began pointing his way, February 9, 1999

"Off the Top"
September 24, 1997

The Evidence

Forensic Science Report
Results of DNA testing performed on evidence (the letters) related to the case (PDF file, 350 KB).

The Argus Letter
Facsimile of informant letter from "Argus" -- sent to Ukiah Police Chief Fred Keplinger.

The Lord's Avenger Letter
Facsimile of letter from "The Lord's Avenger" (claiming responsibility for the bomb) -- sent to reporter Mike Geniella five days after the bombing.

The Warning Letter
Facsimile of the warning, sent directly to Judi Bari, six weeks before the bombing (Apr 10, 1990).

More Information

"Maxwell's Hammer"
Ed Gehrman provides a summary of his investigations, along with some new evidence (June 12, 2008).

"The Mysterious Death of Judi Bari"
Stephen Talbot reveals Judi as his source, and what she told him (, May 2002).

"The Unsolved Mysteries of Judi Bari"
A retrospective article by Will Harper (East Bay Express, Sep 2001).

"Forensic Report Sheds New Light on the Bombing of Judi Bari"
Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair illuminate revelations found in the Flatland articles (CounterPunch, Feb 1999).

"Pen Names, Pyrotechnics, and Paranoia in the Timber Wars"
Don Foster's textual analysis of key documents from the case (Flatland, Feb 1999).

"The Bombing of Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney: New Evidence"
Ed Gehrman's breakthrough investigative article (Flatland, Feb 1999).

Kate Coleman
Freelance journalist whose book, The Secret Wars of Judi Bari: A Car Bomb, the Fight for the Redwoods, and the End of Earth First, rekindled interest in the case.

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