Paul Ross Evans, 27, of Travis County, Texas, arrested in May 2007 on federal weapons of mass destruction and other charges for an attempt to bomb an Austin abortion clinic in April, admitted in court to sending bombs through the mail to at least three other targets as well. The other intended victims were allegedly involved in Satanic or occult practices. Evans pleaded guilty to sending the bombs in exchange for a 40-year sentence recommendation by prosecutors.
Austin Police arrested Evans on April 27, 2007, a day after an explosive device packed with nails was found in the parking lot of the Austin Women's Health Center. According to the plea agreement, the bomb Evans left was armed and close to detonating. It was packed inside a soft-sided cooler, around a foot-long copper pipe with a propane cylinder and 2 pounds of nails.
A search of Evans' apartment produced a list of other possible targets, including the name and address of an Austin lawyer well known for her key role in decriminalizing abortion in the U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade. He also had the names and addresses of a stem-cell researcher, a rabbi and a pornography production company, all in California. Also found in Evans' apartment were several books, including "Pipe and Fire Bomb Designs," "Special Forces Demolition Techniques," and the violent white supremacist manifesto "The Turner Diaries."
Evans served a prior prison sentence for burglary and robbery convictions in 2002.