The Incredible True Story of the Collar Bomb Heist

Man enters bank. Man robs bank. Man leaves bank with money… and with a bomb still locked around his neck.

When captured by police a short while later, Brian Wells claimed he was assaulted, fixed with the bomb, and forced to rob the bank. Was this pizza deliveryman an innocent, caught in the wrong place at the wrong time? Or was he involved in some way?

This is an article you have to read to believe. Reported by Rich Schapiro, The Incredible True Story of the Collarb Bomb Heist is a roller-coaster ride from start to finish.

Not only is there a scavenger hunt of clues, but a series of other suspects emerge. Searching for who the mastermind might be, one name cropped up: Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, acquitted of murder in 1984 but later known for her series of boyfriends who ended up dead.

According to court records, she suffered from bipolar disorder. Her moods swung sharply, and she appeared unable to control her nonstop, rapid-fire speech. She was paranoid and narcissistic. In 1984, investigators found 400 pounds of butter and more than 700 pounds of cheese, nearly all of it rotting, inside her trash-strewn house.

While reading, I kept muttering words to myself like What? Why? How?. The story of the collar bomb heist loops and whirls, and once you start reading… it’s difficult to stop until the very end.

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Note: If you’re interested to find out more about the writer or how the piece came to be reported, check out this interview by David Chen.

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