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05/31/03 - AP

Background on Eric Rudolph

NAME: Eric Robert Rudolph

AGE/DATE OF BIRTH: 36; Sept. 19, 1966

OCCUPATIONS: Carpenter, roofer, handyman

CHARGED WITH: Four bombings, including the explosion at Atlanta's Summer Olympics in 1996. In all, the explosions have killed two and wounded more than 100.

BACKGROUND: An anti-abortion crusader, Army veteran and survivalist originally from Florida, Rudolph allegedly sent letters claiming responsibility for two of the bombings and signed them "Army of God." In a high school essay, Rudolph argued that the Holocaust was a hoax. He is believed to adhere to Christian Identity, a white supremacist religion that is anti-gay, anti-Semitic and anti-foreigner. He moved to western North Carolina in 1981.

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