Throughout the five-year search for Eric Rudolph, investigators never thought they were looking for an extremist with strong anti-abortion or anti-gay views.
They were hunting for a bomber with strong anti-government views who they suspected had arranged some of the bombs to hurt law enforcement when they responded, according to a profile of the accused bomber in USA Today.
Despite Rudolph’s extreme beliefs, the quiet loner seemed unlikely candidate for an accused serial bomber. He was not a fugitive with a long rap sheet of offenses. Despite his strong anti-government and anti-Semitic views known to his family and friends, he was not active in hate groups or militias.