If there was ever any doubt that there are a LOT of crazy folks running loose out on the streets, this story should remove all the doubt completely!
The Smiley Face Bomber
Lucas Helder is a terrorist who managed to combine an insane motive with an equally insane plot to create one of the strangest news stories of the decade. Helder was a polite college student into politics, pot, and new age theories. He also planted 18 pipe bombs seemingly at random across the Midwest in the spring of 2002, badly injuring six people.
His exact motives remain unclear, though letters he left at the crime scenes suggest they included bringing down the government, proving ghosts exist, and teaching people about astral projection. But before any of goals lay a more direct aim for his plot. According to the Helder himself, his intention was to coordinate the bombings so that when plotted on a map they would resemble a gigantic smiley face.
That was his master plan—to scorch a smile across the Midwest in fire. Some reports state he did this so people would know not to be frightened of him, others to show he had the best intentions, and yet others because he’s just plain nuts. Since he was declared mentally ill and unfit to stand trial, it’s likely that we’ll never really understand his reasoning.
What worries me the most about folks like this is how they seem to be almost invisible to the rest of us. How do we not spot the signs that something is very wrong with them? Surely someone somewhere noticed something, ya think? I know that I am going to start watching my neighbors a bit closer from now on!
Needless to say, we'll have our coffee in the kitchen again today.Just to cold to sit outside just yet!