For some months now federal investigators have believed they know who set off the bomb at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. And next week they plan to make it official, CBS News Correspondent Jim Stewart reports.
CBS News has learned the Justice Department has approved plans to formally charge fugitive Eric R. Rudolph not only with the Olympic blast, but with subsequent bombing attacks against an abortion clinic and a gay-lesbian nightclub in Atlanta.
Rudolph had already been charged in a January attack on a
Birmingham, Ala. abortion clinic that killed an off-duty policeman.
Frustrated federal agents have been searching for him in the mountains near his North Carolina home ever since that attack. They are slowly gathering evidence against him for the Atlanta bombings as well. There haven't been any confirmed sightings of Rudolph since July.
Some federal investigators suspect that Rudolph may be enjoying sympathy - if not outright help - from anti-abortion activists in North Carolina. By adding the Olympic Park attack to the charges against him agents say they hope to remind the public that Eric Rudolph is wanted for much more than just one attack on an isolated clinic.
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