Happy New Year, peeps and creeps! We are back this week with part 1 of the Collar Bomb Heist. On August 28, 2003 in Erie, PA, Brian Wells robbed a PNC bank for somewhere around $9,000, much less than the $250k he was trying to get. He was arrested nearby shortly after the robbery, and police discovered he had a bomb locked around his neck.
Brian told police that a group of black men had grabbed him while he’d been out on a pizza delivery, chained the bomb around his neck at gunpoint, and forced him to rob the bank. The bomb went off, killing Brian Wells, before the bomb squad could even arrive.
After his death, police found notes in his car, detailing a scavenger hunt he was to go on after he’d gotten the money that would lead him to all the keys and codes necessary to unlock the collar, and the police were left with so many questions. Who was the mastermind behind the twisted plot to rob the PNC bank, what was the point of the scavenger hunt, and just how innocent was Brian Wells?
The Incredible True Story of the Collar Bomb Heist by Rich Schapiro in Wired Magazine
Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist on Netflix
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