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mysteriew
08-10-2005, 11:51 PM
The FBI seized letters written by a convicted rapist and interviewed his ex-wife as part of their investigation into the death of a pizza deliveryman killed when a bomb locked onto his neck exploded, according to a published report.

Janet M. Ponsford, who now lives in Aitkin, Minn., told the Erie Times-News for Wednesday's editions that the FBI also took shoes belonging to her ex-husband, 58-year-old Floyd A. Stockton Jr., who is now serving a rape sentence in Washington state. She said the FBI wanted the shoes and letters "to compare things to."

Ponsford, who said she was married and divorced from Stockton three times, said he is mechanically inclined, can be violent, and "likes to doodle."

Special Agent Gerald Clark wouldn't say Wednesday whether the FBI interviewed Ponsford, but said the investigation has "actively picked up and we pursue it vigorously every day."

The Times-News detailed several other links between Stockton and the Wells case, most notably his longtime friendship with a now-dead handyman, William Rothstein.
http://www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/12350423.htm

mysteriew
08-10-2005, 11:55 PM
The Times-News detailed several other links between Stockton and the Wells case, most notably his longtime friendship with a now-dead handyman, William Rothstein.

Rothstein, 60, a former high school shop teacher who died last June, was questioned in connection with Wells' death because he lived near the TV tower where Wells went to deliver his last pizza. Ponsford told the newspaper Rothstein had known Stockton, who goes by the first name Jay, for decades.

"He's been a friend of Jay's ever since I can remember, and I have known Jay since 1971," Ponsford told the newspaper.

The FBI has said Stockton was living at Rothstein's house about the time Wells was killed, but they initially found nothing linking him to their investigation.

Rothstein and his longtime friend and former fiancee, Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, ran into legal trouble around the time of the bank robbery when a man's body was found in her freezer.

Diehl-Armstrong is serving a 20-year sentence after pleading guilty but mentally ill in the third-degree murder and subsequent dismemberment of James Roden, her boyfriend at the time.

A retired college professor also told the newspaper that the FBI questioned him about seeing Diehl-Armstrong driving the wrong way on the berm of southbound Interstate 79 the day Wells died. That stretch of interstate was part of the route Wells was instructed to take in the note.
http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/politics/12350423.htm

LinasK
08-11-2005, 12:01 AM
Thanks for locating these articles Mysteriew! I hope they clear Brian Wells name- it's bad enough he died while police didn't believe him and get the bomb squad there soon enough, it was outrageous when they accused him of plotting his own death!!! Who would chose to do that? Even suicide bombers don't chain the bombs to their necks!

mysteriew
08-11-2005, 12:59 PM
The FBI (website) says new leads have poured in since a newspaper
published a story saying that a convicted rapist is being
investigated in the death of a pizza delivery man who died when a
bomb locked onto his neck exploded.

The Erie Times-News first reported that the FBI was investigating whether
Floyd Stockton Jr., who is now serving a rape sentence in Washington state, is a focus of the investigation.

The FBI won't say what kinds of leads they've gotten since the story ran Wednesday, but say they are following them up.
http://www.abc27.com/news/stories/0805/251014.html

mysteriew
08-21-2005, 12:21 AM
Two years after Wells’ mysterious death, authorities don’t know who killed the 46-year-old pizza deliveryman. But a FOX News investigation reveals that several people could be viewed as suspects, although all but one of them is now dead.

Robert Pinetti, a friend of Wells’ who worked with him delivering pizzas for Mama Mia’s, was discovered unresponsive by family members. Nearly the same age as Wells, a coroner’s report obtained by FOX News showed that Pinetti died from a lethal combination of drugs and alcohol in his system. The coroner’s report ruled Pinetti’s death accidental.

Despite the extraordinary coincidence of two men working for the same small pizza delivery shop dying mysterious deaths within days of each other, a thorough investigation turned up nothing linking Pinetti's overdose death to the deadly bomb blast that killed Wells.

But Pinetti’s death would not be the last.

Three weeks after Wells’ murder, William Rothstein -- a substitute teacher, handyman and lifelong Erie resident -- contacted the Pennsylvania State Police to report that there was a body in his freezer.

In an exclusive video obtained by FOX News, Rothstein admits to disposing of the corpse, later identified as James Roden.

“There was a person I have known since the late 60s early 70s. She had a body in her house that she wanted removed … I helped her with it,” Rothstein said. “I put it basically in my garage.”

The woman was Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, a former fiancé of Rothstein’s.

“She's had bad luck with significant others. One individual was shot seven or eight times while he was asleep,” said Foulk, the district attorney.

“She had a significant other that hung himself … She had a significant other that apparently stumbled and hit his head on a coffee table and died … and Mr. Roden was shot while he was asleep as well with two blasts from a shotgun,” Foulk said.

Of the four suspicious deaths connected to Diehl-Armstrong, she was convicted in only one. She was found guilty of murder in the third degree for the death of James Roden. She admitted to causing one of the other deaths but she claimed spousal abuse.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,166160,00.html

mysteriew
08-28-2005, 02:56 AM
Two years after an Erie pizza delivery man robbed a bank and then was killed when a bomb clamped to his neck exploded, the FBI has made no arrests in the bizarre and complex case but has developed "promising" leads following more than 1,000 interviews, the agent overseeing the investigation said.

"We're certainly in a better position than we were two years ago. We've made a lot of progress. We've identified a couple of avenues of investigation that are promising to investigators," Robert Rudge, assistant special agent in charge of the Pittsburgh FBI office, said Friday.

I think the investigation has been flawed from the beginning," Wells said from Erie, where some of his family still lives. "It's the same thing -- we're investigating, we're getting tips and we're tracking down leads. I'm like, the family needs a lot more than rhetoric. It needs results."

"Wells' primary gripe is that the agency has not declared that his brother was an innocent victim. As well, he is upset that investigators have not released the full text of the notes. Four of the nine pages have been released almost in their entirety, and Wells has placed them on his Web site, www.brianwells.net.
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05240/561408.stm

fran
08-28-2005, 09:26 AM
Geraldo had an hour long special on this last Sunday on FOX. It was fascinating, IMO. I tried to find a transcript of the show, but couldn't.

FWIW, there was a portion where Geraldo asked LE about this witness of the woman driving on the wrong side of the highway the day of the incident and LE said they'd never even heard of him. They allowed Geraldo to interview him in a hotel room (in their presence) and immediately after had FBI and other LE talk to him as well.

JMHO
fran



http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,166034,00.html

Now Geraldo Rivera brings new, never before seen information to light, including a video confession and an eyewitness the FBI had previously overlooked. It's a story everyone remembers but few really know.

upallnite
09-20-2005, 10:19 PM
Thanx, mysteriew for showing me this thread. When I searched I only put in "pizza bomber". I've always thought it was strange that when the coronor examined Brian's body that there was shotgun pellets in his leg. Very mysterious.

mysteriew
09-20-2005, 11:27 PM
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upallnite
09-20-2005, 11:35 PM
I'm very curious as to what could be in those blacked out areas in the written instructions given to Brian or why so much of it is being protected. I can understand why some of it would be withheld for proof in case someone confesses, but there's a lot blacked out and I'm assuming from reading the parts that are not blacked out it's just more instructions of where to go and if you don't BANG!!!!

upallnite
11-05-2005, 11:45 PM
Did anyone watch america's most Wanted tonight? I got lost somewhere. Janet Ponsford (Floyd A. Stockton Jr.'s ex wife) was talking about the similarity between letters she had recieved from someone (i think Floyd ) and the 9 page note handed to Brian Wells. She was saying how there were equal marks everywhere in the notes (=) where they shouldn't be. Also that this person was always crafting items with double J's for her, representing her name Janet and I thought that persons name. I know I'm lost, I hope someone else was watching. They said there are two sets of double J's incorporated into the handmade cane gun. Also interesting that the FBI said that Floyd liked to make pipe bombs and that was basically what the bomb on the bomb collar was. They also said the collar (not so much the bomb) and the cane gun were very similar to Floyd's craftsmanship.

CyberLaw
11-06-2005, 12:30 AM
I watched AMW specifically because of this case.

The geist of it is. Jay and Janet Stockton. Double J......that was on the "cane gun". Jay made a clock with the same symbol as in Jay and Janet and gave it to Janet some years ago. It is very distinctive........

Jay Stockton was a wanted criminal and was harboured by that shop teacher(Floyd) Also, Jay (because he has been in Prison for various offences) wrote Janet many, many letters. So he has specific writing and style(hence the = signs), that is specific to a particular person and style.

Also the area that the victim was lured to, was known and used by Jay Stockton with his friend Floyd to make and use pipe bombs. Jay also used to take Janet to this area when they were dating/married.

Also Jay is a manipulative, control freak with a sick sense of humour......abusive and violent.

He was released from Prison in September and not been arrested or charged with any crime related to this case.

I feel that Floyd and Jay were in this together......what sicko's.....Brian never had a chance.......

hukster16
11-06-2005, 04:49 AM
hi everyone. I am a new member and am from scotland. What happened to this man is terrifying. I am not too clued up on all the people involved but why has nobody been charged with this murder yet?

CyberLaw
11-06-2005, 01:47 PM
Huckster16:

Welcome to Websleuths.....greetings from Canada. I hope that you are doing well in Scotland.

There is not enough evidence in this case to charge anyone. For sometime, LE(Law Enforcement)thought that Brian Wells had "masterminded" this whole scene to rob a bank. After some investigation, it became apparent that Brian Well's was a victim, not asuspect and that he robbed the bank under "extreme" duress and in fear for his life.

But it still is an ongoing case, it is still being investigated. Robert Pinetti, who was Brian Wells co-worker at the Pizza Restaurant died of a drug overdose three days after Brian Wells death. Very, suspicious, some speculate that he was involved.........but maybe he did not know that this would end in the death of Brian Wells and that Robert died of a drug overdose over his part in this crime. No one knows if his death was a result of the crime or had nothing to do with it.

Bill Rothstein - long since died from cancer. But he fit the profile of the FBI profilers Collarbomber. But he left a note saying he did not have anything to do with the crime. But he fit the profile. I am sure that he was involved somehow.......

Jay Stockton -no evidence again. But plently of co-incidences, like the writing and the double J in the cane gun. Close friend of Bill Rothstein.

So until any new and compelling evidence shows up or any one comes forward.........the case is still under investigation.

According to AMW the goal of this "collarbomber" was not the bank robbery......but control. There was no way that Brian Wells could have completed the "list" of the scavenger hunt in the alloted time.

If he did not complete the list, he would have died. The goal was a sick game of a "puppet" master and Brian Wells was the puppet. The puppetmaster held the life of the puppet in his hand and knew that in the end the puppet, as in the human being, Brian Wells would have died either way.

Just sick people, totally sick people.........

hukster16
11-06-2005, 01:54 PM
thankyou for explaining that to me cyberlaw. I couldnt imagine how that poor man must have felt. There are some really sick people in this world. I will never understand why people are so cruel. Hopefully one day somebody will pay for this.

pappanick
11-06-2005, 03:17 PM
I watched AMW specifically because of this case.

The geist of it is. Jay and Janet Stockton. Double J......that was on the "cane gun". Jay made a clock with the same symbol as in Jay and Janet and gave it to Janet some years ago. It is very distinctive........

Jay Stockton was a wanted criminal and was harboured by that shop teacher(Floyd) Also, Jay (because he has been in Prison for various offences) wrote Janet many, many letters. So he has specific writing and style(hence the = signs), that is specific to a particular person and style.

Also the area that the victim was lured to, was known and used by Jay Stockton with his friend Floyd to make and use pipe bombs. Jay also used to take Janet to this area when they were dating/married.

Also Jay is a manipulative, control freak with a sick sense of humour......abusive and violent.

He was released from Prison in September and not been arrested or charged with any crime related to this case.

I feel that Floyd and Jay were in this together......what sicko's.....Brian never had a chance.......
The shop teacher was not named Floyd Cyberlaw. His name is William Rothstein and that is who Jay Stockton lived with near Tower road for some time and during the time this occurred. Obviously you are confused.

Rothstein has since died. He was a very smart shop teacher who spoke three languages.

upallnite
11-06-2005, 04:08 PM
In this article they mention a Floyd A. Stockton. Are Jay and this person the same? This is why I was confused about AMW last night.
http://www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/12350423.htm

CyberLaw
11-06-2005, 04:40 PM
I am not confused, except if I read another post without checking my facts first. I should have learned by now.....

Floyd "Jay" Stockton.......convicted felon, alive - good friend of Bill and harboured by Bill to evade criminal charges of Rape

William "Bill" Rothstein - shop teacher, dead, known to Police, weird, manipulative, smart, but devious, suspect in other murders........

upallnite
11-06-2005, 04:42 PM
I am not confused, except if I read another post without checking my facts first. I should have learned by now.....

Floyd "Jay" Stockton.......convicted felon, alive - good friend of Bill and harboured by Bill to evade criminal charges of Rape

William "Bill" Rothstein - shop teacher, dead, known to Police, weird, manipulative, smart, but devious, suspect in other murders........
Cyberlaw, so is "Jay" Floyd's nickname?

CyberLaw
11-06-2005, 11:11 PM
I can't answer if a person is using a nickname, unless of course they say: "that is my nickname".

But he used the name of Jay, as he was obsessed with the letter J for some odd reason.

pappanick
11-07-2005, 01:48 AM
hi everyone. I am a new member and am from scotland. What happened to this man is terrifying. I am not too clued up on all the people involved but why has nobody been charged with this murder yet?Nobody has been charged with this murder yet. The process has been slow and confusing. Erieite's have felt all along (wrong or not) that the FBI and law enforcement didn't reach out for the public's help from the beginning. The slow release of any new information has been frustrating to all.

Even the people that have come forward in this case may have an axe to grind and may not have the purest of intentions. Some still think Diehl was in on the plot herself. If she wasn't then it is interesting who would have been the third person at the tower who Wells talked about. Could that have been someone Well's knew who set him up to these two?

There just is not enough evidence yet to tie all this confusion together.

CyberLaw
11-07-2005, 10:01 AM
But one thing is very evident - whomever devised this "plot" was very bright, disturbed and devious.

I "weigh in" that Bill was the person who was the mastermind behind this.....and the accomplices were just following him and going by his direction.

pappanick
11-08-2005, 02:16 AM
Bill or Stockton I would tend to agree with that. I still think Penetti may have been involved in some way and regretted it and committed suicide. His story is weird unto itself. The "clue game" played was so similar to the "Great Erie Key Hunt" was so similar to the note it makes me wonder if someone close to Wells was involved.


I would love to see that whole note.

poppypetals
02-17-2007, 12:37 PM
http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/103-02172007-1300511.html

nanandjim
02-17-2007, 01:13 PM
Thanks for locating these articles Mysteriew! I hope they clear Brian Wells name- it's bad enough he died while police didn't believe him and get the bomb squad there soon enough, it was outrageous when they accused him of plotting his own death!!! Who would chose to do that? Even suicide bombers don't chain the bombs to their necks!
This is what made me so mad. I think that the police should have acted in a more expeditious fashion. Maybe, they could have saved this guy's life. How horrible for him and his family.

lightwaveryder
02-19-2007, 07:02 PM
http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/103-02172007-1300511.html
i dont see anything in there that was not posted yet?

am i not looking in the right place ?







~lightwaveryder~

CarpeDiem
07-10-2007, 03:29 PM
Indictment finally coming, perp is already in jail:

http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/news/13655683/detail.html

SeriouslySearching
07-10-2007, 03:32 PM
'We know all the details'
"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.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17190943/

hipmamajen
07-10-2007, 03:34 PM
I wonder when they will let us in on it all? This one has always really bothered me...

CarpeDiem
07-10-2007, 03:35 PM
Shep on Fox said as soon as the indictment is unsealed we should know. By the end of the week.

Taximom
07-10-2007, 05:44 PM
WOW! It's about time.

Fox video:
http://www.foxnews.com/us/index.html Right side, TOP VIDEO for now anyway...

Beyond Belief
07-10-2007, 10:01 PM
wow they got them.

Taximom
07-11-2007, 01:23 AM
Press Conference at 1:30 e.s.t. July 11th

SeriouslySearching
07-11-2007, 10:56 AM
I hope LE finally realizes they made a huge mistake...as I have always believed. I guess we shall see.

CarpeDiem
07-11-2007, 01:16 PM
Sources say Wells (whom was killed when Bomb exploded) WAS a participant in bank robbing plot::eek:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/07/11/collar.bomb.charges/index.html

Elphaba
07-11-2007, 01:51 PM
So this means his death was, in part, a suicide. I am not sure why, but for some reason, I am having a hard time buying that. But, then again, I am not privy to the actual facts... but why would someone willingly taking part in a robbery and willingly be attached to a bomb that they can't get off and know has a timer on it.

Wait... suicide bombers kill theirselves everyday on foreign soil... so I guess I have my answer: they do it for reasons we will never be able to to truly comprehend.

rayray
07-11-2007, 02:26 PM
Wow. Never saw that coming. I really never suspected that Wells was involved. however, I'm not really convinced either.

CarpeDiem
07-11-2007, 03:03 PM
Well's family was at the news conference shouting his innocence. They are more than peaved at the prosecutors. They totally disruppted the news conference, especially Well's brother. Never saw that before.

SeriouslySearching
07-11-2007, 04:15 PM
Oh My GOSH! I can't believe they say he was a co-conspirator! <shaking my head> I thought surely they would realize it wasn't him. No wonder his family is so upset! I think I would be, too. Sad for them.

hipmamajen
07-11-2007, 05:20 PM
Wow, that's just weird. That isn't at all what I gathered from the information. I wonder if this will hold up?

arielilane
07-11-2007, 05:22 PM
I missed the news conference. Read a small article on MSN. I have my doubts about Wells being a co-conspirator. Will we ever know the truth? I doubt it. This has always been an interesting case to me. Very strange...:twocents:

SewingDeb
07-13-2007, 01:10 PM
Long article full of information on the woman involved. It also says Wells was coerced:

Body in freezer is bomb plot suspect's alibi

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/07/13/pizza.bomb.ap/index.html

ziggy
07-13-2007, 01:22 PM
I hope the Wells family with be vigilant in finding out the truth.

I personally can't imagine that he'd sit there with a ticking bomb around his neck and instead of ratting out his co-conspirators he asks, "have you called my boss?"

It doesn't add up.

If the Wells family continutes to throw public fits, I think it will put pressure on LE to PROVE he was involved with complete certainty.

Linda7NJ
07-13-2007, 02:48 PM
I hope the Wells family with be vigilant in finding out the truth.

I personally can't imagine that he'd sit there with a ticking bomb around his neck and instead of ratting out his co-conspirators he asks, "have you called my boss?"

It doesn't add up.

If the Wells family continutes to throw public fits, I think it will put pressure on LE to PROVE he was involved with complete certainty.


I certainly hope so because I simply do not buy he was a willing participant OR knew who locked the bomb on his neck

ziggy
07-13-2007, 03:03 PM
I don't think LE is saying he was a willing participant in having the bomb locked on, but that he was in on the planning and at some point became an unwilling participant. That's why it smells.

With that: he would CERTAINLY have given them up knowing he was about to die. He would have wanted LE to know who was responsible.

If you are an unwilling participant that knows who victimized you - you spill it.

If you are an unwilling participant that does not know who victimized you, you sit there confused as to why no one is helping you.

Seems like a no-brainer to me but I hope the truth will all come out.

CyberLaw
07-13-2007, 03:33 PM
Who knows what the other people said to Wells. Well it looks like a bomb collar, but it has no explosives. Or don't worry we are your friends, nothing will happen to you. Or it is just to scare people but if you re caught pretend that it is a real bomb. Or.......I feel Wells was involved, but in a sense manipulated by the others especially by the women, who wanted Wells to rob a bank so she could afford to kill her Dad.

If Wells did was successful, who knows they might have killed him after wards to get rid of him and not have to split the cash.

CarpeDiem
07-13-2007, 03:54 PM
I don't think the bomb was part of the plan as Wells knew it, I think when he was getting cold feet the night before, that became the insurance policy. I'm not sure he ever was going to live, one way or another. That psycho biotch in jail right now wasn't gonna let him live. That treasure map of sorts he was suppossed to follow to disarm it, was probably planned so the device would go off in a remote place, had he not been caught.

CarpeDiem
07-13-2007, 03:58 PM
If Wells did was successful, who knows they might have killed him after wards to get rid of him and not have to split the cash.

Just saw your post, I agree. :cool:

JanetElaine
07-13-2007, 04:07 PM
Who knows what the other people said to Wells. Well it looks like a bomb collar, but it has no explosives. Or don't worry we are your friends, nothing will happen to you. Or it is just to scare people but if you re caught pretend that it is a real bomb. Or.......I feel Wells was involved, but in a sense manipulated by the others especially by the women, who wanted Wells to rob a bank so she could afford to kill her Dad.

If Wells did was successful, who knows they might have killed him after wards to get rid of him and not have to split the cash.

Totally agree with you. IMO no way he'd agree to being strapped with a real bomb when a fake would have done the job just fine. If he was involved then he was manipulated and/or backstabbed.

Linda7NJ
07-13-2007, 07:37 PM
The FEDS have a witness, another person in on the plot. He's UNindicted so I am guessing he got a real sweet deal!

I am still not buying it

Linda7NJ
07-13-2007, 07:43 PM
Text of what Prosecutors are alledgeing where the events leading up to the robbery and after

entire text of the unsealed indictments. There is much more here than what's being reported

http://www.swnebr.net/newspaper/cgi-bin/articles/articlearchiver.pl?161405

W.R. as identified in the above link is William Rothstein, he's the one that helped wacko woman hide that body in his freezer....he's dead now.

There must be yet ANOTHER person involved that's talking.

Opie
07-13-2007, 11:38 PM
There was quite a lengthy article about this in the Cleveland paper today. According to that article, Brian Wells was in on the deal, but was told the bomb collar would be a fake. At the time it was being attached, he learned it was real. That still doesn't explain his rather calm appearing demeanor as he sat near the police cruisers awaiting help. (?)

It also said that Brian Wells and Mr. Barnes knew each other prior to all this. Hope we learn more about the whole thing.

Elphaba
07-14-2007, 09:38 PM
AMW just did a long spot on this... it was well put together and you can tell that AMW is on the side of the coin that Wells is innocent in all of this.

Linda7NJ
10-14-2010, 09:52 AM
http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2010/oct/13/collar-bomb-trial-jury-selection-begins/

A defense lawyer hopes evidence of his client’s volatile personality will convince a jury she didn’t mastermind a 2003 bank robbery that turned a pizza delivery man into a walking time bomb.
But that sometimes-abrasive personality was on display — and aimed at the attorney himself — when Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong cursed at him during the first day of jury selection for her federal trial in Erie.
“I either pick the jurors or I walk ... out of here right now!” Diehl-Armstrong proclaimed loudly to her lawyer, Douglas Sughrue, as they reviewed questionnaires filled out by 47 potential jurors on Tuesday.
Diehl-Armstrong, already imprisoned for killing her boyfriend, is charged with armed bank robbery and other counts for allegedly hatching a complicated scheme that left 46-year-old Brian Wells dead. Federal prosecutors say Wells was forced to rob a bank while wearing a bomb locked to his neck, a device that exploded as he sat handcuffed in a parking lot as police waited for a bomb squad to arrive.

More at link

Facinating case!!!!!!!! I happen to catch it play out live on tv. The case was/is baffeling!

Tuffy
11-01-2010, 07:51 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/11/01/deliberations-resume-pa-collar-bomb-robbery/


ERIE, Pa. – A 61-year-old woman was convicted of participating in a bizarre plot in which a pizza delivery driver was forced to rob a bank wearing a metal bomb collar that later exploded, killing him.

The jury deliberated about 12 hours Friday and Monday before convicting Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, of Erie, on charges of armed bank robbery, conspiracy and using a destructive device in a crime of violence for her role in the bank robbery that killed 46-year-old Brian Wells. She faces a mandatory life sentence.

http://www.foxnews.com/static/managed/img/U.S./Collar%20Bomb%20Trial_Mace_397x224.jpg

Filly
11-02-2010, 02:45 AM
http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2010/oct/13/collar-bomb-trial-jury-selection-begins/

A defense lawyer hopes evidence of his client’s volatile personality will convince a jury she didn’t mastermind a 2003 bank robbery that turned a pizza delivery man into a walking time bomb.
But that sometimes-abrasive personality was on display — and aimed at the attorney himself — when Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong cursed at him during the first day of jury selection for her federal trial in Erie.
“I either pick the jurors or I walk ... out of here right now!” Diehl-Armstrong proclaimed loudly to her lawyer, Douglas Sughrue, as they reviewed questionnaires filled out by 47 potential jurors on Tuesday.
Diehl-Armstrong, already imprisoned for killing her boyfriend, is charged with armed bank robbery and other counts for allegedly hatching a complicated scheme that left 46-year-old Brian Wells dead. Federal prosecutors say Wells was forced to rob a bank while wearing a bomb locked to his neck, a device that exploded as he sat handcuffed in a parking lot as police waited for a bomb squad to arrive.

More at link

Facinating case!!!!!!!! I happen to catch it play out live on tv. The case was/is baffeling!

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I would so not tangle with that lady.

She's skeery weather she's locked up or not. Can you imagine the person that gets her as their cellie?

LinasK
05-28-2014, 05:35 AM
Snapped finally made it clear what happened: the bank robbery was a plot by Marjorie Diehl Armstrong to raise money to kill her wealthy father for her inheritance. Brian Wells and her boyfriend James Rodin (shot by her) were just collateral damage to her. Her ex-fiance Bill Rothstein built the bomb with help from Ken Barnes and Ken Barnes put the collar on Brian Wells after they lured him out with a fake call for a pizza delivery. Ken Barnes was also going to be the hit man for Marjorie in her father's death. Brian Wells was an innocent victim. He was supposed to deliver the money to Bill Rothstein, while Marjorie and Ken watched in a car across the street, but police arrested Brian before that could happen, and the bomb went off. The way the bomb was wired, there was no way to save Brian even if they'd reached him in time...

Linda7NJ
05-28-2014, 09:08 AM
Snapped finally made it clear what happened: the bank robbery was a plot by Marjorie Diehl Armstrong to raise money to kill her wealthy father for her inheritance. Brian Wells and her boyfriend James Rodin (shot by her) were just collateral damage to her. Her ex-fiance Bill Rothstein built the bomb with help from Ken Barnes and Ken Barnes put the collar on Brian Wells after they lured him out with a fake call for a pizza delivery. Ken Barnes was also going to be the hit man for Marjorie in her father's death. Brian Wells was an innocent victim. He was supposed to deliver the money to Bill Rothstein, while Marjorie and Ken watched in a car across the street, but police arrested Brian before that could happen, and the bomb went off. The way the bomb was wired, there was no way to save Brian even if they'd reached him in time...


I watched this on live tv as well. That poor man....



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LinasK
05-28-2014, 11:49 AM
I watched this on live tv as well. That poor man....



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I've always thought Brian Wells was innocent. It would've been a horrible way to commit suicide, and he pleaded for help when he was cuffed and sitting alone in front of the squad car. He had nothing to gain by it. The reason she shot James Roden is that he knew about the plot and refused to go along. What broke the case open was two things: 1) Bill Rothstein ratted Marjorie out about James Roden's death and him being stored in Bill's freezer, (also Bill bragged about his bomb-making skills) and 2) they got Ken Barnes to talk. Otherwise they might have gotten away with Brian's murder, since Bill took that secret to his grave.