Saturday, February 13, 2010

Professor Charged in Alabama Campus Shooting Reportedly Killed Brother in 1986

Someone should tell the Editor of the Edmonton Sun, The Ontario Government, The BC Government, the Federal Department of Justice the Police Chief in London Ontario, and oh - yes Status of Women Canada,  that it does no good to cover up or hide from women's violence. There are, of course, lots more but they are those I have written to or about in the past month. It appears the Prof who just fatally shot 3 colleagues and wounded 3 others also killed her brother 24 years back.

The now retired Police Chief (see below) denies a cover up as she was not charged but all the paper work is missing. The corruption when it comes to Women's violence appears to run deep and is widespread.MJM

Saturday , February 13, 2010

An Alabama university professor accused of fatally shooting three colleagues at a faculty meeting this week shot her younger brother dead at their home in the Boston suburbs more than 20 years ago, but records of it are missing, police said Saturday.

Amy Bishop shot her brother in the chest in 1986, Braintree police Chief Paul Frazier said at a news conference. She fired at least three shots, hitting her brother once and hitting her bedroom wall, before police took her into custody at gunpoint, he said.

Before Bishop could be booked, however, the police chief back then called officers and told them to release her to her mother, Frazier said. The shooting of the brother, Seth Bishop, was logged as an accident, but detailed records of the shooting have disappeared, he said.

"The report's gone, removed from the files," he said.

The Harvard-educated neurobiologist who became an assistant professor at the Alabama school in 2003 has been charged with capital murder, and other charges are pending.

Police said a 9 mm gun was found in a restroom in the science building on the University of Alabama's Huntsville campus, where the shootings occurred Friday afternoon.

She was taken Friday night in handcuffs to the county jail, and said as she got into a police car: "It didn't happen. There's no way. ... They are still alive."

District Attorney Ron Broussard said he did not think Bishop has a lawyer. Her husband, James Anderson, was detained and questioned Friday, though he has not been charged.

Ray Garner, a spokesman at the Huntsville campus, said Bishop had been denied tenure — a type of job protection afforded academics — months ago, and this was to be her last semester.
Some have said the professor, who students said was bright but had difficulty explaining difficult concepts, opened fire because of a dispute over the issue.

Students' assessments of Bishop varied. Some recalled an attentive, friendly teacher, while others said she was an odd woman who couldn't simplify difficult subjects for students. Sammie Lee Davis, the husband of a tenured researcher who was killed, said his wife had described Bishop as "not being able to deal with reality" and "not as good as she thought she was."

Davis said his wife was a tenured researcher at the university. In a brief phone interview, Davis said he was told his wife was at a meeting to discuss the tenure status of another faculty member who got angry and started shooting.

Davis' wife, Maria Ragland Davis, was among those killed, along with Gopi K. Podila, chairman of the biological sciences department, and another faculty member, Adriel Johnson.

Bishop had created a portable cell incubator, known as InQ, that was less expensive than its larger counterparts. She and her husband had won $25,000 in 2007 to market the device.

Andrea Bennett, a sophomore majoring in nursing and an athlete at UAH, said a coach told her team that Bishop had been denied tenure, which the coach said may have led to the shooting.

Bennett described Bishop as being "very weird" and "a really big nerd."

"She's well-known on campus, but I wouldn't say she's a good teacher. I've heard a lot of complaints," Bennett said. "She's a genius, but she really just can't explain things."

It was not clear if anyone at the campus of Bishop's bother's shooting.

Frazier said people who worked for the police department then remember the shooting of Bishop's brother and he planned to meet with the district attorney over the possibility of launching a criminal investigation into the report's disappearance.

The former police chief, John Polio, said Saturday in an interview at his home that he was astonished at any allegation of a coverup. He said he didn't call officers to tell them to release Bishop.

"There's no coverup, no missing records," he proclaimed.

Attempts by The Associated Press to track down addresses and phone numbers for Bishop's family in the Braintree area weren't immediately successful Saturday. The current police chief said he believed her family had moved away.,2933,585781,00.html

The Irish Times - Monday, February 15, 2010

Woman charged with three shootings had killed in 1986


A US biology professor charged over shooting dead three colleagues at a faculty meeting had killed her 18-year-old brother two decades earlier in a gun incident dismissed as an accident at the time, it emerged yesterday.

Amy Bishop (45) was arrested on Friday after allegedly opening fire on a campus room full of teaching staff at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, killing three lecturers and wounding three others.

Colleagues suggested the Harvard-educated geneticist was upset over the prospect of losing her job after being denied permanent tenure by the university.

Described as a research “star”, Dr Bishop had developed a new approach to treating the degenerative condition amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

William Setzer, chairman of the chemistry department at UAH, said Dr Bishop was appealing the decision not to grant her tenure which was made last year. “Politics and personalities” always play a role in the tenure process, he said.

“In a close department, it’s more so. If you have any lone wolves or bizarre personalities, it’s a problem and I’m thinking that certainly came into play here.”

But investigators have discovered Dr Bishop has a troubled past. At 19, she shot her younger brother, Seth, in the chest with a pump-action shotgun in the kitchen of their family home in Massachusetts.

His death in 1986 was ruled an accident by the authorities, who accepted her explanation that she had accidentally opened fire while trying to learn how to unload bullets from the gun’s chamber.

But a local senior police officer has cast doubt on this account, saying Dr Bishop was only released after a high-level intervention. “The release of Ms Bishop did not sit well with the police officers, and I can assure you that this would not happen in this day and age,” said Paul Frazier, chief of police in Braintree, near Boston.

Mr Frazier pledged a full review after it was revealed that an official report into the 1986 killing had gone missing. At a press conference, he said Dr Bishop’s mother was a town official and the teenager had been released on the direct orders of the then police chief.

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