THE RHETORIC OF TERROR

ACCUSED KILLER JOHN SALVI'S DEFENSE WILL SPOTLIGHT THE SHADOWY NETWORK OF ANTIABORTION RADICALS WHO PREACH BOMBING AND SHOOTING TO SAVE THE UNBORN

TRAINEE HAIRDRESSER JOHN SALVI, who is charged with killing two abortion-clinic workers in Massachusetts, certainly fits the profile of a lone gunman: socially awkward, emotionally volatile, paranoid and somewhat delusional-judging from his rambling statement to police after his arrest in December. But Salvi's lawyers will go to court in the next month and argue that he is unfit to stand trial. To bolster the argument, they intend to portray him as a mentally unstable young misfit pushed over the edge by the exhortations of radical antiabortionists. Phone numbers and literature found in Salvi's possession indicate that he knew-or knew of-the militants...

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