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Some Andrews Residents Will Not Assist Manhunt

Posted July 15, 1998

— The FBI will give a million dollars to the person who can lead them to Eric Rudolph.

However, even the lure of big money is not enough to make some Andrews' residents want to become heroes.

200 hundred officers have pulled together to search for Eric Rudolph, but some people in the area may not be willing to help.

"We're all strong in our convictions and beliefs," Andrews resident Julie Dailey said. "Enough to help a fugitive?" reporter Mark Roberts asked. "A lot of people are strongly opposed to abortion, and probably would."

At the Andrews TV store the owner said that the hunt for Randolph is a waste of time and tax dollars.

"It's a tight knit community and everybody is for each other," Andrews resident Eddie Troy said. "As long as nobody bother somebody, as long as they're not hurting them, why should we go after him."

"He's cause a lot of pain, a lot of anguish for a couple families," Andrews resident Fred Ripper said. "That's got to be paid for."

Most people in the area say they will help police, and the biggest draw is the million dollar bounty.

Federal agents will not say Eric Rudolph is a member of a militia group, but do not dispute he grew up in an anti-government environment.

In 1980, Rudolph moved to Murphy, which according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, is home to three of North Carolina's 12 recognized militias.

Rudolph has been linked to Christian Identity, a right wing sect known for violence, and Sovereign Freeman, a group that believes the government has no authority.

Of North Carolina's 13 recognized anti-government groups, all but two are in the western part of the state. The others are in Fayetteville and Wake County.

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