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Husband of Bobbie Bosworth, Springfield Mall abduction victim, settles suit for $2.5 million

Barbara J. "Bobbie" Bosworth at a nature preserve in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. She was a renowned animal lover. She was killed after going to Springfield Mall to buy a pair of jeans. (courtesy of Thomas Bosworth)

Tom Bosworth of Alexandria, Bobbie Bosworth’s husband of 24 years, filed suit in 2010 against Vornado Realty Trust, the owner of Springfield Mall; Securitas Corp., the company hired to guard the mall; and the owners of the PDQ Mini Mart, alleging that all three had a “duty of care” to their customers, and that Springfield Mall in particular allowed an “assaultive” climate to dominate the now-closed mall.

Securitas was dismissed from the case because it was not the owner and did not have a “special relationship” with the customers. But Vornado and PDQ could not get out, and so settled on the eve of trial.

According to court documents filed recently in Fairfax County Circuit Court, Vornado paid $2 million: $1.4 million from three different insurance companies, and $600,000 from Vornado itself. The PDQ Mart paid $500,000. In addition, State Farm, the Bosworth’s auto insurer, paid $100,000 in an earlier settlement, court records show.

The settlement amount was first reported by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

For the full backstory:

Our original story from 2008 on the abduction and death of Bobbie Bosworth.

My followup story on the life of Bobbie Bosworth.

My extremely detailed blog post on this case, Part 1.

My even more detailed blog post on this case, Part 2.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.
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