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    PA - Brian Wells, 46, Erie Pizza Bomber case, 28 Aug 2003

    Remember this poor guy with the home made, yet sophisticated, bomb locked to his neck?

    Has anyone heard any updates on who was behind this?

    Brian Wells, 46, died when the device around his neck exploded after he robbed a bank... he was begging the fire department and police to help him.. it exploded before the bomb squad arrived.

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    Oh man, I remember this, Cass! It was awful to watch this man sitting indian style on the ground and everyone around helpless, waiting for the bomb squad. I really never heard anything more about it, either.

    I also remember that his friend and coworker died 3 days later, in his own home, and that they were going to do an autopsy to see if there was anything suspicious (connected somehow). I also don't recall ever hearing those results. Here are some links:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/...in571031.shtml
    Quote: "Why is nobody trying to come get this thing off me?" "It's going to go off. I'm not lying."

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3196055.stm

    http://www.wtps.co.uk/frames/story&b...t&url_id=53954
    Quote: At first they thought they were dealing with an ordinary crime. Now they believe that Mr. Wells was the victim of a murderous plot and are treating his death as murder.

    Maybe someone out there in WS-land remembers hearing more than us.
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    Haunting

    With the exception of the death of little Jake Robel, the six-year-old drug to death while his mother's car was being carjacked, this case has haunted me more than any other.

    I've been "into" true crime now for well over 20 years... but few cases have caused me to wake at night with my heart pounding from the sheer terror they invoke. I don't know exactly why these two cases have haunted me so much. Perhaps it is the randomness of victims... or the bizarre nature of the crimes... or the total helplessness of onlookers to do anything for people who were definitely going to die.

    There has been little in the way of of updates to the story of the pizza delivery man. But I did find this:

    Wells' note to be released
    By Ed Palattella
    ed.palattella@timesnews.com

    The FBI on Tuesday plans to release parts of the note found on Brian Wells after he died in a bomb blast in August.

    The way the detailed note was written is just as important as what it says, the head of the FBI office in Erie said.

    Special Agent Bob Rudge said the release will include photographs of the actual note so the public can see the document "in its original form."



    More story here...



    For anyone interested in knowing more about Jake Robel:
    A story you won't soon forget

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babcat
    With the exception of the death of little Jake Robel, the six-year-old drug to death while his mother's car was being carjacked, this case has haunted me more than any other.

    I've been "into" true crime now for well over 20 years... but few cases have caused me to wake at night with my heart pounding from the sheer terror they invoke. I don't know exactly why these two cases have haunted me so much. Perhaps it is the randomness of victims... or the bizarre nature of the crimes... or the total helplessness of onlookers to do anything for people who were definitely going to die.

    There has been little in the way of of updates to the story of the pizza delivery man. But I did find this:

    Wells' note to be released
    By Ed Palattella
    ed.palattella@timesnews.com

    The FBI on Tuesday plans to release parts of the note found on Brian Wells after he died in a bomb blast in August.

    The way the detailed note was written is just as important as what it says, the head of the FBI office in Erie said.

    Special Agent Bob Rudge said the release will include photographs of the actual note so the public can see the document "in its original form."



    More story here...



    For anyone interested in knowing more about Jake Robel:
    A story you won't soon forget

    Hey Babcat! I will bookmark that link for Jake Robel, as I'm unfamiliar with that case but it sounds horrible. Thanks for the update on this Wells case. At the link you provided above I also read the following:

    Quote from: http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/...WS02/102050331
    "It is no secret that we haven't solved the case," Rudge said. "That is not to say we don't have more information now than we did on Aug. 28." Rudge said the FBI has collected volumes of evidence, but that the agency needs "specific information to bring this to closure."

    We will definitely be hearing more about this case eventually. Keep your eyes and ears open!
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    Oh Babs, that Jake Robel story is tragic! I'm so glad they found the creep responsible - thank heavens for the other motorists who helped stop and subdue him until police could arrive. The poor family, the mother especially since she left him in the car with it running, must feel such tremendous anger and loss. What a shame.
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    FBI releases notes found with Erie bank robber wearing neck bomb

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04042/271737.stm
    Making no mistakes is what establishes the certainty of victory, for it means conquering an enemy that is already defeated. -Sun Tzu

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammerized
    FBI releases notes found with Erie bank robber wearing neck bomb

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04042/271737.stm
    Thanks for the link, Hammerized! The notes had drawings on them as well as writing - hopefully someone will recognize the style or doodlings. It is amazing the runaround this deliveryman was given - to go to all the different locations. Very bizarre.
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    I remember Jake's death very clearly. It was so horrific as was "the pizza man's." But they are different. Nobody listened to the pizza guy. LE just thought he was a bank robber. Poor Jake was left alone in his mother's SUV while she went into Subway. She left the vehicle running with Jake in it. Kim Davis,who had just been paroled (with other warrants outstanding) took the SUV along with Jake on a ride that will go down in KC history. I hope to God that no other child goes through what Jake did. For those of you that don't know, Jake was drug down an interstate highway stuck in his seatbelt. Many people tried to get the driver to stop but he kept going.

    As we all know now, as well as before, never leave a child in a vehicle. EVER, especially with it running.
    This is just my opinion.

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    Might be related?

    This conspiracy theorist from the same town as Brian Wells is a gunsmith and has a machine shop.

    Gun dealer raided
    Crawford County man charged by ATF; court papers sealed
    By JOHN BARTLETT
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    MEADVILLE — A Crawford County gun dealer known for his outspoken criticism of government power was arrested on firearm violations Thursday after heavily armed federal agents raided his West Mead home and adjacent business.

    Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives served a search warrant and took self-proclaimed "patriotic, Christian American" Darrell Sivik into custody at about 9 a.m.

    He was arraigned at about 4 p.m. in Erie before Federal Magistrate Susan Paradise Baxter. The courtroom was ordered closed, and the search and arrest warrants were sealed and not available.

    Federal officials said the documents will be made available Monday.

    Sivik in past interviews called himself a patriotic, Christian American, a member of the Patriot Movement and a member of the Pennsylvania Militia.

    "By virtue of being a citizen, you have an obligation to be a militia member," he said in a 1998 interview.

    Federal agents spent more than five hours searching Sivik's Williamson Road home, occasionally hauling out materials — most of which appeared to be files and metal ammunition boxes — and placing them in their vehicles.

    The agents arrived in more than a dozen cars, vans and sport utility vehicles, one of which got stuck in a field across the road from Sivik's home.

    State police established roadblocks about 100 yards both east and west of Sivik's home, turning back all traffic until about 2:20 p.m.

    A half-dozen ATF agents wearing helmets and other combat gear and armed with pistols and what appeared to be fully automatic carbines clustered a small distance away in a field.

    Agents in combat gear also set up, at least briefly, on two nearby roads that are parallel to Williamson Road.

    The agents who searched the house wore casual clothes. Two police dogs also were at the scene.

    Several times, agents at the scene would leave and then later return.

    At 11:40 a.m., an agent drove into the scene in Sivik's Jeep, followed by another agent in a minivan. The jeep was left parked along the road in front of Sivik's home when agents left the scene.

    At about noon a small, single-engine plane arrived, flying low overhead. It circled more than a half-dozen times, as if deliberately scouting the area, before departing.

    At 12:20 p.m. a UPS van reached the roadblock and the driver said he had a delivery for Sivik. An ATF agent came out to the roadblock and talked with the driver. He checked the package addressed to Sivik and then returned it to the driver and sent him on his way.

    ATF and other law enforcement personnel wrapped up their search at about 2 p.m. A few minutes later they withdrew the roadblock and left the area in a convoy without explanation.

    The agents were apparently drawn from a wide area, with license plates on their vehicles including Indiana, Maryland and Virginia, as well as Pennsylvania.

    Sivik's wife, Kathleen Sivik, who was then left home alone, refused to talk to reporters. A few minutes later the couple's son, Darrell Sivik Jr., arrived and went into the home.

    After about 20 minutes he came out and spoke briefly with reporters.

    "All I know at this point is basically the ATF served a search warrant and took into custody my father and transported him to Erie," Darrell Sivik Jr. said. "That's pretty much all we know."

    Darrell Sivik Jr. said he did not learn of the search and arrest of his father until later in the afternoon after returning from a business trip.

    "Everyone is fine. We just don't know what is going on," he said.

    He expressed no surprise at the number and armament of the federal agents.

    "We all know what happened in the past with ATF," Darrell Sivik Jr. said, without elaborating. "They will bring themselves prepared."

    Sivik, who operates a gun shop and gunsmithing service, has often been in the news for leading tax protests, burning the U.N. flag in demonstrations in Meadville's Diamond Park, and rallying opponents of federal firearms laws.

    Several times Sivik has run for local office.

    He also gained notoriety for battling with the Federal Communications Commission over a low-power radio station he operates at 88.3 FM and calls Braveheart Radio.

    "All we know is, (the federal agents) are claiming a violation of firearms laws," his son said.

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    Why does this note remind me of the JBR ransom note? Some letters look the same and ther overall strange unrealistic tone of the letter too. Very strange.


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    What was in the huge blacked out areas of the note? I wonder.

    Also ~ notice how it says 'use the weapon you were given' they could not of just handed him a loaded weapon - he could have shot them, so they must have left the gun for him somewhere to pick up?

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    I'm thinking the weapon he was given is the bomb? Threaten people that the bomb will go off if they don't comply?
    Just the facts, Ma'am.

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    New information

    2 linked to Wells case
    FBI asks questions about recent Erie high school grads

    One of the two men, a 2001 graduate of the Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy, is known to have worked at the pizza parlor where Wells was a delivery driver.

    That graduate also lived in an eastside Erie house that was owned by Robert Pinetti, Wells' friend and co-worker.

    Pinetti died of a drug overdose on Aug. 31, three days after Wells, 46, was killed when a homemade bomb locked to his neck exploded after he robbed a bank on upper Peach Street.

    The other man the FBI inquired about recently graduated from Central High School in 2001. The Erie Times-News could not determine if the two men know each other.

    Several sources confirmed the FBI's interest in both graduates, though the sources asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the Wells case. The Erie Times-News is not identifying the graduates because they have not been charged.

    Erie school officials said the FBI visited Central and the Collegiate Academy during the past few weeks, asking about the students.

    The administrators said they could release little information because of the investigation and because of privacy concerns.

    "There was a recent inquiry involving the Brian Wells case," Erie schools Superintendent James Barker said.

    Central High School Principal Gerry Mifsud said an FBI agent visited his school April 7, asking questions related to the case.

    "He asked about a former vo-tech student that they felt had some skills that were related to the incident," Mifsud said.

    Bob Rudge, the head of the FBI office in Erie, said he could not comment on specific information agents might have gathered in the nearly nine-month investigation of the Wells case.

    The FBI has given no indication that an arrest is imminent.

    "We are making progress every single day," Rudge said. "It's a case we're not going to let go of. We can't."

    The case remains a top priority. It still leads the "Seeking Information" page on the FBI's Web site. There is a $50,000 reward offered to anyone who helps solve the crime.

    The FBI has visited a number of Erie businesses and residences since Wells' death, and the U.S. Attorney's Office has convened a grand jury to investigate the case, which has gained international media attention.

    The recent visits to Collegiate Academy and Central are not the first time city high schools have been the focus of the Wells investigation.

    A Pennsylvania State Police investigator visited East High School in October to question faculty about their knowledge of substitute teacher William Rothstein, who lives at the head of the dirt road where Wells delivered two pizzas Aug. 28.

    Rothstein was questioned about the Wells case after the body of Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong's boyfriend, James Roden, was found in a freezer at Rothstein's home at 8645 Peach St.

    Rudge has said the FBI doesn't believe there is a connection between Rothstein and the Wells case.

    The pizza bomber mystery started the afternoon of Aug. 28 when Wells, shortly after delivering two pizzas to the end of a dirt road off upper Peach Street, robbed the PNC Bank in Summit Towne Centre.

    After leaving the bank, Wells was quickly arrested by state police in the driveway of Eyeglass World, 7200 Peach St. He told police he had a bomb strapped around his neck. It exploded at 3:18 p.m.

    When he died, Wells was carrying a detailed, complex, multipage letter, directing him on a scavenger hunt of sorts.

    Shortly before the bomb exploded, Wells pleaded with officers standing a safe distance away.

    "This isn't me," he said.

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    Snip:
    A Pennsylvania State Police investigator visited East High School in October to question faculty about their knowledge of substitute teacher William Rothstein, who lives at the head of the dirt road where Wells delivered two pizzas Aug. 28.
    Rothstein was questioned about the Wells case after the body of Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong's boyfriend, James Roden, was found in a freezer at Rothstein's home at 8645 Peach St.
    Rudge has said the FBI doesn't believe there is a connection between Rothstein and the Wells case.
    Okay, now I wanna know why there was a body found in this substitute teacher’s freezer!!

    Thanks for the update, Debby!
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    debbywit:

    Meadville and Erie are not the same town. They are about 45 miles apart. Meadville is where my husband served as a recruiter for the air force from January 1998 to July 2001. We lived about 15 miles from Meadville in the opposite direction from Erie.

    Erie and Meadville are not only 45 miles apart in distance, but they are a world apart as far as lifestyles of the people who live there. Meadville is a very rural, very blue collar town. It has the "Mayberry" type of image, while Erie is much more metropolitan. It's the perfect steortypical environment to meet the criteria for a profile of a town likely to harbor militia types. It's called Tool City by many because the main source of employment for many years in the town was the factories of Channellock Tools that was founded there, and still remains to this day.

    This Darrell Sivik character seems the type to possibly take a stab at robbing banks to finance his radical activities... so I wouldn't completely discount him as a potential conspirator in Wells death. But my guess is they will find their men closer to home.

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