During the time doctors were struggling with a diagnosis for Huden's unusual skin infection, several other people throughout the country were checking into local hospitals with similar symptoms. One such person was Erin O'Connor, 38, a New York resident and assistant to NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw.
After an investigation, the FBI determined that the source of O'Connor's infection was the suspicious envelope, postmarked Trenton, N.J., which held a hate letter. The letter read,
THIS IS NEXT
TAKE PENACILIN NOW
DEATH TO AMERICA
DEATH TO ISRAEL
ALLAH IS GREAT
The writing was in large block form and looked as if a child had written it. However, investigators knew that it was likely not a child, but an angry adult who probably had extensive knowledge of biological agents.
During the last week of September there were two other suspected cases of anthrax, this time in New Jersey. One of the cases, that of a 39-year-old mechanic named Richard Morgano, was never confirmed. Yet, the other case, involving 45-year-old West Trenton postal carrier Teresa Heller, was eventually confirmed. She also tested positive for cutaneous anthrax in mid-October, although she began to show symptoms on the October 1. Heller, like Huden and O'Connor was treated with antibiotics and recovered from the disease.
On September 19, 2001, America Media Inc. (AMI) employees had seen their colleague, 63-year-old photo editor Robert Stevens of Lantana, Florida handling a letter, which had on it an unusual powdery white substance. Not much was thought of the incident until almost two weeks later when things began to go horribly wrong. On October 2, Maureen Stevens brought her husband, Robert, to the emergency room in the middle of the night. Stevens was in a delirious and disoriented state when he was admitted. Shortly thereafter he fell into a coma from which he never regained consciousness. Three days later Stevens died.