“On August 28, 2003, 46-year-old pizza deliveryman Brian Wells walked into a PNC Bank in Erie, Pennsylvania, with a cane that was actually a shotgun and a bomb strapped to his body.
Demanding $250,000, he got approximately $8,000, but his getaway was stymied by responding police officers, who sat him down in the middle of a nearby road, where they quickly discovered that he wasnt lying about his explosive device. The thing was, the bomb was attached to a giant metal collar around his neck, and Brianwho was in possession of nine pages of rambling handwritten notes, some of which contained instructions for a scavenger hunt he was supposed to complete in order to release himself from the explosivedesperately wanted it removed. Its going to go off. Im not lying, he warned police, and before the bomb unit could arrive, go off it did, blowing him to kingdom come.
It was a sight straight out of a Saw sequeland so horrifying, it legitimately earns the designation unforgettable.
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As is soon revealed by Evil Genius, Wells wound up with his collar after delivering a pizza to a remote tower site, where he claimed (shortly before his demise) that some African-American men had affixed the contraption to his neck. There were signs of struggle at that location, but as with the…”
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