Attacks of 2001
Americans were reeling after September 11, 2001, when Islamic fundamentalist terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes and crashed two of them into both towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, one into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the last into a field in Pennsylvania. (The plane that crashed in Pennsylvania was reportedly headed for the White House, but the hijackers seem to have been foiled by the passengers, so the plane crashed instead of hitting its alleged target.) About 3,000 people were killed on that fateful day, and millions in the United States and elsewhere in the world grieved for the victims and feared that the terrorists would strike again.
Shortly after the September terrorist attacks, Robert Stevens, a photo editor at American Media Incorporated (AMI) in Boca Raton, Florida, took time off from work for a few days. On September 27, 2001, he left for North