Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Strange, terrible crime case

Do you remember the case of the man who had a bomb strapped around his neck who said he was being forced to rob a bank or it would go off? And then it did? It sounds like a movie plot (and has become episodes of Law & Order and other shows), but it actually happened. What really happened, whether the man set up the whole thing himself to go out with a spectacular suicide or whether he was actually kidnapped and bombstrapped, remains an open question.

Of course, the family knows where they stand and they're pissed. They've posted a Web site,, offering the details of the case and asking for any help. It's a tragic and amazing story. Also check out the Wikipedia entry on the case and this story from CourtTV's Crime Library.

(Link found via Professor Hex.)


Paul Jessup said...

That happened down the street from where I live now. I go past it everyday.

Brian said...

Wow, really? Talk to anybody who saw the whole thing, or knew the victim?

Paul Jessup said...

Naw, Erie's a bigger city than that. Although I did drive by at the time, but I didn't know it. They had the street blocked off, and we had to drive around and they didn't tell anyone what happened.

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