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Suspect Sought Medicine for Red Hands
Palm Beach Post ^ | October 11,2001 | Eliot Kleinberg

Posted on 10/12/2001 2:56:09 AM PDT by jokemoke

Suspect sought medicine for red hands

By Eliot Kleinberg, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Thursday, October 11, 2001

DELRAY BEACH -- Mohamed Atta came in with red hands.

Pharmacist Gregg Chatterton, co-owner of Huber Drugs, 331 E. Atlantic Ave., said he didn't know his customer's name at the time of the visit, sometime this summer. Nor would the man in casual clothes who spoke clear English with only a trace of an accent give Chatterton a straight answer about why his hands were red. He just needed something for them.

Chatterton figured his customer had been around some chemicals that were basic rather than acidic, so he sold him a 1-ounce tube of a medicine called "acid mantle" for $5.49. Chatterton said he also sold Atta's friend, Marwan Al-Shehhi, a bottle of Robitussin for a nasty chest cold and directed him to a nearby walk-in clinic.

On Sept. 30, Chatterton looked over a woman's shoulder and saw a newspaper spread showing the faces of the men the FBI believes hijacked four airplanes on Sept. 11. The two men who'd come to his pharmacy looking for help jumped out from the page -- the FBI says Atta and Al-Shehhi piloted the planes that hit the World Trade Center towers.

"I feel angry," Chatterton said Wednesday. "I feel like I was used."

After Sept. 11, Chatterton said, a woman at the Hamlet Country Club, where some of the hijackers lived temporarily, apparently told authorities she had directed the men to Huber's.

In recent days, authorities from the Food and Drug Administration and the FBI have questioned Chatterton. The FBI came by Monday, Chatterton said. He said the recent anthrax case in Boca Raton had him wondering if Atta's hand irritation was the result of exposure to chemicals such as chlorine or ammonia or from repeated hand-washing with regular soap.

Chatterton also identified hijacking suspects Waleed Alshehri and Wail Alshehri, believed to be brothers who stayed this summer at the Homing Inn in Boynton Beach, as having come in several times to buy snacks and toiletries. He said they never came in at the same time as the men identified as Atta and Al-Shehhi.

Chatterton said he spotted Atta and Al-Shehhi -- they used different names he could not find in his records -- in the cream section. He said they caught his eye because most of his customers are retirees.

Chatterton quizzed Atta about his line of work, hoping to get clues about the source of the irritation, which had left his hands not peeling but extremely red.

He asked if the men were in construction; the rough concrete and its chemical makeup, heavy in lime, can be irritants. The man said no. He asked if he worked with toluene or other cleaning solvents. He asked, "Do you work with some sort of chemical?" No.

"I asked, `Do you work in a garden?' " He laughed, "No."

Finally, "He said, `Computers.' He changed the subject. He was evasive. I had to go around in circles."

Chatterton finally gave up and recommended the acid cream.

Al-Shehhi -- not as talkative, his English not as good -- pointed to his chest. Chatterton gave him the Robitussin and said he might need stronger medicine, which meant a prescription. He sent the men to the closest walk-in clinic, Urgi Med, at 950 S.E. Fifth Ave.

Urgi Med officer manager Kelley Williams said she did not recognize any of the alleged hijackers but that another employee identified two to federal agents.

Chatterton said the men returned other times for the prescription and other items, but he doesn't remember much about those visits. He says they definitely did not ask for any of the antibiotics suggested for exposure to the anthrax bacterium.

Dr. Richard Zemlin, who works at another walk-in clinic at 2280 W. Atlantic Ave., said he believes he treated another hijacking suspect, Ahmed Alghamdi, for indigestion. Alghamdi, who stayed for a time at a Delray Beach apartment, complained of symptoms -- heartburn, gas -- that seemed consistent with getting used to American food, or, in retrospect, with a case of nerves, according to the doctor. Zemlin said he recommended a bland diet and over-the-counter medications.

Staff writer Antigone Barton contributed to this story.

eliot_kleinberg@pbpost.com


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anthraxscarelist; antraz; islamicviolence; jihadinamerica; redhands; terrorwar

1 posted on 10/12/2001 2:56:09 AM PDT by jokemoke
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To: jokemoke
Perhaps Atta's well-known history of failure with the fair sex might be in some way connected to the irritated condition of his palms.
2 posted on 10/12/2001 3:00:36 AM PDT by DWSUWF
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To: jokemoke
Gives new meaning to the term "Caught Red Handed".
3 posted on 10/12/2001 3:01:52 AM PDT by PaulJ
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To: DWSUWF
ROFL!!!
4 posted on 10/12/2001 3:22:27 AM PDT by The Raven
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To: jokemoke
Perhaps he had some haz mats on his hands?
5 posted on 10/12/2001 3:23:54 AM PDT by True Capitalist
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To: DWSUWF
Perhaps Atta's well-known history of failure with the fair sex might be in some way connected to the irritated condition of his palms.

LOL! Excellent! My thoughts exactly but I wouldnt have put it so eloquently!

6 posted on 10/12/2001 3:48:40 AM PDT by Paradox
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To: jokemoke
Chest cold, huh? Plain old cold virus or anthrax?
7 posted on 10/12/2001 3:50:49 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: jokemoke
Nor would the man in casual clothes who spoke clear English with only a trace of an accent give Chatterton a straight answer about why his hands were red.

From cruising strip joints and surfing internet porn.

8 posted on 10/12/2001 4:04:09 AM PDT by fso301
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To: jokemoke
Thanks for the post. This seems a bit convenient to me, but we'll see how it all falls out. Looks to me like the Feds might be giving immunity to someone for info, and then using these two as the scapegoats. If that is indeed what it going down, then I hope the "informant" has an unfortunate accident sometime within the next few months.
9 posted on 10/12/2001 4:06:58 AM PDT by Lion's Cub
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To: True Capitalist
"Perhaps he had some haz mats on his hands?"

Another project? Were others helping?

10 posted on 10/12/2001 4:13:05 AM PDT by blam
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To: jokemoke
Theory:

THey (ALL the terrorists) worked with Anthrax/Biological weapons....without any protection. They weren't worrying about dying from it. The KNEW they were going to die from it....so that was enough incentive to go forward with the air attacks. Sort of like a ticking time bomb?

Become exposed the biological weapon...they have anywhere from 2-11 days to carry out the mission, and if they fail they die a terrible death from the anthrax..etc..

Consider how, in the future they could RECRUIT new terrorists this way....expose them and tell them to find a way to die within 48 hours or 'all-ahh' will be upset and the bug they have will be painful.

Hmmm..sounds like a movie script.

12 posted on 10/12/2001 4:31:43 AM PDT by invoman
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To: jokemoke
The pharmacist should have called the FBI -- who would have caught him "red-handed".... (couldn't resist it).
14 posted on 10/12/2001 5:36:50 AM PDT by Patriot Son
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To: Lion's Cub
"Looks to me like the Feds might be giving immunity to someone for info, and then using these two as the scapegoats. "

Chill out here dude, these 2 didn't knowingly give any aid to these bastards.

Save your hatred for islamics - they're the ones who would have helped them, not folks with names like "Gregg Chatterton" or "Kelley Williams"!

15 posted on 10/12/2001 6:18:02 AM PDT by Bill Rice
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To: jokemoke
Highly symbolic. That red stuff is called blood.........and he has plenty of it on his hands.
16 posted on 10/12/2001 7:54:32 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: Bill Rice
Save your hatred for islamics - they're the ones who would have helped them, not folks with names like "Gregg Chatterton" or "Kelley Williams"!

I wasn't referring to Chatterton or Williams. I was referring to some terrorist guilty of preparing some bio/chem attack they may have picked up, who might have been offered a deal in return for information. By confiscating the agent before it could be used (which would be a good thing), they could let the terrorist go (just deport him) by claiming the dead ones were the ones who made it.

17 posted on 10/12/2001 8:07:00 AM PDT by Lion's Cub
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To: cdwright
Everyone's a victim. Not even a trace of remorse .....

"The Diseased America" by Eight Years Of Mrs and Mr Hilly-Billy Rotten-Blythe!

[Sounds like the Rotten-Blythes and their obscene lick-spittles -- Chris Mathews et al -- whining that the great plague or worse didn't occur during their crime-family's occupancy of the offices normally used by America's administrative branch of gummint -- and "afford Beezelbubba an opportunity for greatness!"

(As if eight years in the oral orifice didn't automatically afford the Evil, predatory, psychopathological, treasonous, lying, thieving, mass-murdering, serial-raping bastard, that!) Never a word for the victims of any of the Algor/Rotten-Blythe-caused atrocities, including those of September 11.

18 posted on 10/12/2001 8:28:11 AM PDT by Brian Allen
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To: invoman
Your post remided me of some movie with I think it was Johhny Depp who's kid was held hostage and he had to kill someone that same day to get her released. Don't remember the title. Anyone?
19 posted on 10/12/2001 8:41:46 AM PDT by testforecho
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To: Brian Allen
Did you hear little Chrissy Matthews this morning on IMUS??? What a PUTZ!
20 posted on 10/12/2001 8:50:13 AM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: jokemoke
MacBeth, Act V, Scene1

Lady MacBeth

Out, damned spot! out, I say!--One: two: why,
then, 'tis time to do't.--Hell is murky!--Fie, my
lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we
fear who knows it, when none can call our power to
account?--Yet who would have thought the old man
to have had so much blood in him.

21 posted on 10/12/2001 8:57:30 AM PDT by 68 grunt
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To: Paradox
Perhaps the dermatitis represents a hypersensitivity to Nair.....
22 posted on 10/12/2001 9:15:47 AM PDT by tracer
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To: jokemoke
Red hands? Chest cold? Anthrax? You choose.
23 posted on 10/12/2001 10:38:52 AM PDT by Salvation
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To: Ann Archy
What a PUTZ!

Yair.

On a good day, maybe!

FReegards -- Brian

24 posted on 10/12/2001 12:02:05 PM PDT by Brian Allen
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To: testforecho
Nick of Time.
25 posted on 10/12/2001 12:10:01 PM PDT by commish
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To: jokemoke
I'll bet he wore latex gloves while working with either chemical or biologic agents and had latex allergy.
26 posted on 10/12/2001 4:22:09 PM PDT by SC DOC
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To: jokemoke;JIHAD IN AMERICA;Anthrax_Scare_List;Islamic_violence;Osama bin Laden ;TerrOrWar
Facts from the past!

JIHAD IN AMERICA:

To find all articles tagged or indexed using JIHAD IN AMERICA, click below:
  click here >>> JIHAD IN AMERICA <<< click here  
(To view all FR Bump Lists, click here)



27 posted on 03/24/2002 10:52:45 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: jokemoke
Bump. It's time for a reminder, it's been more than 5 months since this article.
28 posted on 03/24/2002 11:11:10 AM PST by Mitchell
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To: Mitchell
Bump Again.
29 posted on 06/04/2003 5:17:48 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: aristeides
Hydrazine?
30 posted on 06/09/2003 4:09:51 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Peach; genefromjersey

Old ping.


31 posted on 03/17/2005 9:50:48 AM PST by Shermy
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To: Shermy

Thanks, Shermy. I've linked half a dozen articles or more, and I think that was one of them. My anthrax file remains open at the top of the list under favorites!


32 posted on 03/17/2005 9:56:09 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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