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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
A terrorist who targeted Birmingham wants to tell his story.
Nearly 15 years ago a Birmingham abortion clinic was bombed by Eric Rudolph and now he is writing an autobiography from a prison cell in Colorado.
Michele Wilson worked at another abortion clinic around the corner from the one that was bombed back in 1998 and ran to the scene of the crime after the blast.
"I was at another clinic within the same block when I heard that," Wilson said. "We just ran thinking, 'It's not us so it must be some other clinic. The one around the corner.' And it was a mess."
A mess that left off-duty Birmingham police officer Robert "Sande" Sanderson dead. A mess that Wilson has put behind her and one she wishes Rudolph would put behind him too.
"He doesn't think he did anything wrong," Wilson said.
Rudolph is responsible for the Birmingham abortion clinic bombing, the Atlanta Olympic Park bombing and two others. Rudolph says he wants sketches from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, used in the 90s to help catch him when he was on the run, to use for the book's cover.
Wilson doesn't think there will be much of an audience for the project.
"Frankly you'll look like a fool writing it from his perspective because people aren't sympathetic to him at all," Wilson said. "If nothing else people are tired of hearing about this."
Nurse Emily Lyons was badly injured in the bombing. Like Wilson her husband feels few will take notice of the book.
"It's been since 1998. It's yesterday's news and we've tried to get on with our lives. In all he's killed three people and hurt over 100. Whatever he makes from the book deal is not enough to give to them all. If he has nothing better to do. Then write a way," Jeff Lyons said.
U.S. Attorney Sally Yates explains that even if people do buy the book, Rudolph will see none of the money.
"This was a specific provision of his plea agreement that if he were to write a book and were to make any money that that money is immediately assignable to the victims of his crimes," Yates said.
Although the GBI doesn't want to, they say because of their open record policy, they must provide Rudolph with the sketches he is requesting.