Today, I join those who remember, mourn, commemorate, and celebrate those who lost their lives in the bombing of Pan Am 103.
TEN YEARS AGO last Friday, then FBI Director Robert Mueller bundled himself in his tan trench coat against the cold December air in Washington, his scarf wrapped tightly around his neck. Sitting on a small stage at Arlington National Cemetery, he scanned the faces arrayed before him—the victims he’d come to know over years, relatives…Details
As we approach the 30th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing, the BBC has posted an essay, with extensive images, detailing the tragedy as told through the experiences of Lockerbie’s residents.
The linked video, recorded during the Lockerbie bombing trial in 2000, features Daniel Cohen at 1;53. Cohen, who lost his daughter Theodora on Pan Am Flight 103, died at the age of 82 this past Wednesday.
The New York Times honored Daniel Cohen, father of Theodora Cohen, in a lengthy obituary. “Theo,” a theater major, was one of 35 Syracuse University students aboard Pan Am Flight 103. In the wake of her death, Daniel and Susan Cohen became prominent activists in the effort to bring the perpetrators to justice. Daniel and…Details
Remembrance BY EMILY BRONTË Cold in the earth—and the deep snow piled above thee, Far, far removed, cold in the dreary grave! Have I forgot, my only Love, to love thee, Severed at last by Time’s all-severing wave? Now, when alone, do my thoughts no longer hover Over the mountains, on that northern shore, Resting…Details
Tony Gauci, a key witness whose testimony linked Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi to the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, died on October 29. Critics of Gauci’s testimony characterized him as the prosecution’s “weakest link,” pointing to discrepancies in his testimony. Additionally, Gauci received a substantial payment for his participation in the inquiry (though the…Details
Ken Dornstein’s 2015 documentary, My Brother’s Bomber, wrote a new chapter in the nearly 30 year-old story of the bombing of Pan Am 103 and played a key role in identifying 2 additional suspects. Last night, Dornstein’s work earned the journalist 2 Emmy awards: My Brother’s Bomber, a brother’s gripping search for the terrorists who…Details
Athletic and ebullient, Gretchen Dater was an extraordinarily talented artist who could work with virtually any medium. Gretchen, a junior at the prestigious Maryland Institute College of Art, enrolled in Syracuse University’s Division of International Programs Abroad in the fall of 1988, joining several hundred fellow students at S.U.’s center in Notting Hill. While in…Details
Though I was unable to make it to Arlington on the 27th anniversary last December, I can share portions of this speech courtesy of Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, which posted a number of speeches from last year’s memorial service on their Facebook site. The following excerpts are from Ken Dornstein’s presentation, the full…Details
The families of those who died aboard Pan Am 103 suffered a series of indignities in the wake of the bombing. Grieving family members were horrified when, upon receiving notice that they had “freight” waiting for them at JFK, they arrived to witness forklifts unceremoniously lifting coffins from containers. Officials stonewalled families, politicians often resisted…Details
In today’s edition of the Scottish Review, Magnus Linklater provides a detailed analysis of the journalistic and legal investigation of the bombing of Pan Am 103. Befittingly, he praises Ken Dornstein’s recent work, which uncovered additional conspirators in the Libyan plot to down the airliner: I liked Dornstein’s approach to the investigation, and, to be…Details