BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AL.com) — January 29th 2018, marks the 20th anniversary of the bombing at a Southside abortion clinic that killed a Birmingham police officer and critically wounded a nurse.
The explosion stunned the city, law enforcement and launched one of the most expensive and expansive manhunts in U.S. history.
Killed in the Jan. 29, 1998 blast was Officer Robert "Sande" Sanderson, 34, who was moonlighting as a security guard at New Woman, All Women Health Care Clinic. Nurse Emily Lyons, then 41, was severely injured but survived.
Bomber Eric Robert Rudolph, a loner and domestic terrorist responsible for a series of anti-abortion and anti-gay-motivated bombings across the South that killed two people and injured more than 120, would remain on the run for five years in the Appalachian Mountains. He was captured in May 2003 while rummaging for food in a North Carolina Dumpster.