Note Shows Empire State Attack Premeditated

NEW YORK -- A handwritten note carried by a Palestinian gunman to the Empire State Building suggests he decided more than a year ago that his "bitter enemies" must be "annihilated and exterminated."


The note found on the body of Ali Hassan Abu Kamal was released Tuesday, two days after he killed one sightseer and wounded six others before fatally shooting himself on the 86th floor observation deck of the landmark skyscraper.


The gunman's rambling diatribe was laden with political references and titled "Charter of Honor." The note said those listed were "my bitter enemies and they must be annihilated and exterminated."


It blamed Zionists -- backed by Americans, Britons and Frenchmen -- for "turning our people, the Palestinians, homeless."


He listed Jan. 1, 1996, as the note's "original date of meditation."


Police said they believe Abu Kamal was a deranged killer who acted alone. His family said he was distraught over losing $300,000, but police questioned whether there ever was any money.


"There is no information that this alleged scam exists," Police Commissioner Howard Safir said. "There are no bank accounts that we're aware of, nothing in his personal effects, no safe deposit boxes."


Abu Kamal, who arrived in the United States on Christmas Eve, paid only with cash while dividing time between New York and Florida. However, "We would in no way characterize it as high-rolling," Safir said.


The document also lists as enemies "a gang of rogues who attacked me" -- an apparent reference to a severe beating by vigilante militants in his homeland of Gaza -- as well as an Egyptian police officer and a group of students he claimed beat his son. No mention was made of financial troubles.