Confessed bomber Eric Rudolph -- who remained defiant when he admitted setting deadly explosions in Birmingham and Atlanta -- has only discussed his reasons in written statements.
Yet one of his victims hopes to get some glimmer of response from Rudolph when she comes face to face with the anti-abortion extremist in federal court today in Birmingham for a sentencing hearing.
Emily Lyons was critically injured in the 1998 blast outside the abortion clinic where she worked as a nurse. She says she wants to tell Rudolph -- quote -- "You did not shut the clinic down. You did not shut me down."
The 38-year-old Rudolph pleaded guilty in April to setting off a remote-controlled bomb that maimed Lyons and killed police officer Robert Sanderson outside the clinic on the morning of January 29th, 1998.
She plans to release her self-published book about the bombing today -- her 49th birthday.
Under a plea agreement that let Rudolph avoid a possible death penalty, Rudolph confessed to the Alabama bombing and to the bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics that killed one woman and injured more than 100. He also admitted setting off bombs at an abortion clinic and gay bar in Atlanta in 1997.
He was captured in May 2003 after more than five years as a fugitive in the mountains of western North Carolina.
Under the agreement, federal judges in Birmingham and Atlanta will sentence him to four life terms without parole. Rudolph's sentencing in Georgia is set for August 22nd, and victims of the Atlanta bombings will have a chance to speak then.
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