this day in crime history: december 25, 1974

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On this date in 1974, Marshall Fields crashed his Chevy Impala through the Northwest gate of the White House in Washington, DC. Fields, who was dressed in Arab clothing, claimed he was the Messiah. He displayed what appeared to be a bomb strapped to his body and threatened to detonate it. After a four hour standoff with police, Fields surrendered. After his surrender, police discovered that his bomb was really made up of common road flares. They also discovered he was not really the Messiah. I guess you just can’t believe a raving lunatic. Not even on Christmas.

Further reading:

Wikipedia – Marshall Fields

Yonkers, NY Herald Statesman“Break-in sparks review”

History.com – A History of White House Attacks

4 thoughts on “this day in crime history: december 25, 1974

  1. John D.:
    I didn’t know this happened on CHRISTMAS day?
    Talk about your “season’s greetings”?
    😉

    Amd…road flare “bombs” ONLY serve to give one a “glowing” countenance (and one helluva sunburn)…LOL.

    (whatta duffus)
    Good story.
    Roll safe out there.

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