NEW YORK -- A package bomb that killed a supervising high school guidance counselor in 1982 was apparently sent by the same person who, after an 11-year hiatus, mailed three similar explosives, including one that sprayed bullet fragments at TC pregnant woman in Queens County on Tuesday.
Police Commissioner William J. Bratton and Greg Rhatigan, a Postal Service investigator, said they did not know why the lethal packages had been sent, why the addresses to which they were delivered had been chosen, or why there was an 11-year gap between the first and second incidents. All four devices had been camouflaged to look like books or videocassettes, the officials said.
The victim in Tuesday's attack, Stephanie Gaffney, 18, went into labor after being treated for abdomen, chest and leg burns suffered when she opened a package that had been delivered to her grandparents' home in St. Albans, N.Y.
The Postal Service offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in sending the explosives. Besides the one that injured Ms. Gaffney and the one in 1982, Commissioner Bratton said, similar explosives critically injured a Brooklyn, N.Y., woman on April 5, 1994, and caused minor injuries to three Staten Island people on Oct. 15, 1993.