Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Mad Bomber Strikes Again...!

This might just be the guy that started all the craziness!

This fool ran amok for many years without getting caught! He became a real nightmare for law officers and it was only decades after he started that he was stopped!

Mar 29, 1951:
The Mad Bomber strikes in New York

On this day in 1951, a homemade device explodes at Grand Central Station in New York City, startling commuters but injuring no one. In the next few months, five more bombs were found at landmark sites around New York, including the public library. Authorities realized that this new wave of terrorist acts was the work of the Mad Bomber.

New York's first experience with the so-called Mad Bomber was on November 16, 1940, when a pipe bomb was left in the Edison building with a note that read, "Con Edison crooks, this is for you." More bombs were recovered in 1941, each more powerful than the last, until the Mad Bomber sent a note in December stating, "I will make no more bomb units for the duration of the war." He went on to say that Con Edison, New York's electric utility company, would be brought to justice in due time.

The patriotic Mad Bomber made good on his promise, although he did periodically send threatening notes to the press. After his flurry of activity in 1951, the Mad Bomber was silent until a bomb went off at Radio City Music Hall in 1954. In 1955, the Mad Bomber hit Grand Central Station, Macy's, the RCA building and the Staten Island Ferry.

The police had no luck finding the Mad Bomber, but an investigative team working for Con Ed finally tracked him down. Looking through their employment records, they found that George Peter Metesky had been a disgruntled ex-employee since an accident in 1931. Metesky was enraged that Con Ed refused to pay disability benefits and resorted to terrorism as his revenge.

Metesky, a rather mild-mannered man, was found living with his sisters in Connecticut. He was sent to a mental institution in April 1957 where he stayed until his release in 1973.

Even though he was probably as mad as a hatter, you have to give him credit for stopping the bombing during the war! Turns out that he was true to his word.

How about we have our coffee on the patio this morning. Rains coming back, so we have to enjoy the sun while we can!


BBC said...

The world is getting so frustrating that it's a wonder more of us aren't bombers.

I wouldn't mind taking up that fine art but I can't decide what to bomb, other than some asshole trying to sneak on my property.

linda m said...

Very interesting article. Glad he was patriotic enough to stop during the war.

Ben in Texas said...

Was the term "terrorist" used in the reports of that bomber guy? or did you insert that word?

John said...

What a patriot!!

HermitJim said...

Hey BBC...
True, the world situation can be frustrating at times, but I don't see where becoming a bomber solves anything.

Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Ben...
That wasn't me that used the word Terrorist. That was already in the article.

What surprised me was how long the guy got away with it!

Thanks, buddy, for coming over today!

Hey Linda...
Yep, there is that! Never know what runs through the minds of these guys!

I appreciate you coming over today!

Hey John...
I guess in his own way, he was!

Thanks so much for coming by today!

JOJO said...

I guess there where folks looking for revenge with that kind of horrible acts way back then.

I'll take a refill on that coffee now and thanks for making the bread fat free. 8-)

HermitJim said...

Hey JoJo...
In some ways, it is still the same! Crazy world, ya know?

Coffee and fat free bread coming up!

Thanks for coming by today!

BBC said...

If Texans tried to break away from this government they would be branded as terrorists.

Oh well, it's just a word.