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addlepated
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The pizza delivery bomb guy

The pizza delivery guy gets sent to a remote location; someone shackles a bomb around his neck and forces him to rob a bank. Eventually cornered by the police, the bomb detonated and the man was killed. Only the story gets even weirder than that.

"You must follow a course of instructions to find keys and combination-codes to disarm (the) bomb," they had allegedly told him. "Bomb has tripwires. Forcing or tampering will detonate...

In fact, the instructions read much like a game called "Key Hunt" that Wells was known to be enthralled by. With each task, Wells was told he would collect a key, and with it a clue to the location of the next key. "You will gain additional time by finding the first of several keys...as you follow our instructions, you'll be given all the keys and combinations..."

http://www.crimelibrary.com/notorious_murders/famous/erie_collar_bomber/index.html?sect=7

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addlepated
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More information - from the Geraldo special on tonight.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,166160,00.html

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addlepated wrote:
More information - from the Geraldo special on tonight.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,166160,00.html


Geraldo? The man who opened Capone's Vault? This should be good. Rolling Eyes

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Gupfee wrote:
Geraldo? The man who opened Capone's Vault? This should be good. Rolling Eyes

Did you watch it? It was actually very good. He managed to dig up a new witness after 2 years, even. Smile

There were many more details in the show, including more coverage of the "scavenger hunt" aspect of disarming the bomb.

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addlepated wrote:
He managed to dig up a new witness after 2 years ... "scavenger hunt"
What is this: Let's play dig up a corpse?
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Apparently they think they've solved the case, although they're not releasing information yet.

http://www.komotv.com/news/national/5901066.html

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Federal authorities have figured out how a pizza deliveryman wound up in the middle of a bizarre bank robbery scheme that ended with a bomb around his neck exploding, and the identities of the plotters, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

Brian Wells, 46, robbed a suburban Erie bank on Aug. 28, 2003, with the bomb attached to his neck and then was killed when it exploded as he sat handcuffed in a parking lot while police waited for a bomb squad.

No one was charged as authorities struggled to determine who was behind the plot and whether Wells was an innocent victim or willing participant.

But the case has been solved and indictments are expected, likely by next month, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan was to make an official announcement at a Friday afternoon news conference.

The law enforcement official told the AP that Buchanan would not disclose what the investigators concluded, but would say that the government is confident they know how and why Wells died.

"The government knows what happened the day of the incident. We know all the details that led up to the death of Brian Wells and all the parties involved," the official said.

Investigators from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI and Pennsylvania State Police traveled coast to coast to interview witnesses and chase down leads, the official said.

Buchanan met for about three hours Friday with federal investigators about the evidence compiled so far.

Buchanan did not immediately return calls for comment after the meeting, but earlier Friday said she called it because, "In more complicated cases, I like to meet personally with the law enforcement agencies to discuss the case and, in many cases, review the evidence myself."

Wells told police before he died that he had been accosted by gunmen who locked the bomb on his neck and forced him to rob the bank when he went to deliver a pizza to a TV tower on a dead-end road.

Wells' family has said they believe he was just a victim, and have criticized the pace of the investigation.

Wells' brother, John Wells, 44, of Phoenix, said the family won't be happy until justice is meted out.

"The family will be satisfied when everybody is held to account for their actions that day," Wells said. "We want everybody to take responsibility for what they did before and after this happened."

An attorney, Lawrence D'Ambrosio, has said the FBI has repeatedly interviewed his client about Wells' death. D'Ambrosio did not immediately return a message left at his office Friday.

The client, Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, is serving seven to 20 years in state prison for pleading guilty but mentally ill to killing her boyfriend, James Roden, in 2003.

Roden's killing led police to question Diehl-Armstrong in the Wells case because Roden's body was found in the freezer of a man named William Rothstein, who has since died. Rothstein's house was near the TV tower.

Buchanan said the investigation has been complicated by the deaths of at least two witnesses. She would not say if Rothstein, who died of cancer in July 2004, was one of those witnesses.

Buchanan plans to meet once more with investigators to discuss evidence, witness availability and other logistical details before indictments are sought. The grand jury is not expected to hear the government's presentment - a formal detailing of the evidence - until next month, the law enforcement official said.

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aislyn
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I remember this! My boyfriend is from Erie, but I had no idea it was some sort of sick "scavenger hunt." Reminds me of the Saw movies.
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Jas0n
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yeah I remember this - seen coverage on tv several times (even here in Mississippi) - but I too didn't know there was a scavenger hunt involved... sick becomes even more sickening... I hope these guys get what they deserve
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