On December 18 a second package wrapped in brown paper arrived at the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in downtown Atlanta. It contained a pipe bomb surrounded by nails. Fortunately, security guards detected the bomb using an X-ray machine, and it was defused by the authorities before it could cause any damage.
But Robert Robinson, a 41-year-old attorney from Savannah, Georgia, was not so lucky. On the same afternoon, he opened a package at his desk, detonating a hidden pipe bomb that blew out the windows of his downtown office, tore off his right arm and his left hand and caused serious damage to his legs. He died in hospital three hours later.
Meanwhile, a parcel had also arrived at the Jacksonville, Florida, offices of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – a prominent civil rights organization. The mail opener was busy that day, so she set it aside until later. The next morning, in a lucky twist of fate, she heard a news report about suspect packages. The parcel did indeed contain a bomb, but the police were thankfully able to defuse it.