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Since American authorities began scouring the globe looking for the location of Osama bin Laden following the September 11th attacks in 2001, there have been a number of unconfirmed sightings of Bin Laden in the United States.

Although some scholars believe that bin Laden took his new wife to visit Indiana and Los Angeles in 1978, all later suggestions of bin Laden entering the United States are typically dismissed by authorities "with a bit of understandable skepticism".[1]


"When, day after day, media reports focus on a single person like Bundy or bin Laden, it is not too big a leap for somebody to go outside and think they see him. Images stick.

—Lt. Charles Illsley, West Valley City Police

In 2003, a radio caller to George Noory's Coast to Coast reported seeing bin Laden in Florida

  • In June 2007, the unemployed Thomas Potter of Olmsted Falls, Ohio wrote to the Department of Defence, as well as the media, requesting the $25 million reward for finding bin Laden, noting that had three listings for the shadowy leader; one that suggested he worked at FOX News, another suggesting he worked at Bethesda Interactive Solutions, and a third suggesting he lived in Hermitage, Tennessee.[4]



  1. ^ a b c Quad-Cities Times, Bin Laden seen in Utah; Elvis still at large, January 3, 2002
  2. ^ Lakeland Ledger, "If you're looking for Osama, he's in Salt Lake City", January 18, 2002
  3. ^ Harding, Nick. "Urban Legends", 2005. p. 112
  4. ^ ABC News, Internet absurdity: Bin Laden listed at FOX Headquarters, June 7, 2007


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