Analysis of the New York Post envelope



By Richard M. Smith of www.ComputerBytesMan.com
May 15, 2002

Here is what is known about the envelope used to send the New York Post anthrax letter:
  • The New York Post letter was sent in a pre-stamped USPS envelope. **
  • The New York Post address was written in block-style, all-caps letters that slope down from left to right. **
  • The New York Post letter was mailed from the Trenton, New Jersey area and postmarked September 18, 2001. *
  • The New York Post envelope has no return address. *
  • The text of the New York Post anthrax letter is identical to the text of the NBC anthrax letter. *
  • The New York Post letter is the only known anthrax letter that was not sent to a specific individual. Instead it was sent to the unnamed editor of the New York Post.
  • It appears that the anthrax perp most likely got the New York Post address from the newspaper and not the Internet. A very similar address for the New York Post can be found on the letters to the editor page of each issue of the New York Post:

      Editor
      New York Post
      1211 Ave. of the Americas
      New York, NY 10036
        vs.   The Editor
      The New York Post
      1211 Avenue of the Americas
      New York, NY 10036

    The anthrax perp dropped the word "The" from the first two lines of the address and abbreviated "Avenue" as "Ave.". A similar address does not appear of the New York Post Web site.
  • The envelope was never opened by the New York Post because it did not contain a return address and was not sent to a specific person.
  • The envelope was discovered on the evening of October 19, 2001.
  • The first person infected by New York Post anthrax letter was Johanna Huden, assistant to Editorial Page Editor Bob McManus. She first noticed a skin infection on September 22, 2001.
* - Same as the NBC anthrax letter.
** - Same as the NBC, Leahy and Daschle anthrax letters.


Background on the New York Post

  • The New York Post is owned by the News Corporation.
  • The Fox Television Network is located in the same building as the New York Post. Fox Television is also owned by News Corporation.
  • The New York Post is widely distributed in the greater New York City metropolitan area including at newsstands in New Jersey and Connecticut.
  • The New York Post, compared to many other US daily newspapers, tends to be more outspoken in its support of Israel.