this day in crime history: january 22, 1957

On this day in 1957, George Metesky was arrested at his home in Waterbury, CT. Metesky was suspected of being the “Mad Bomber” that had terrorized New York during the 1940s and 50s. In all, he had planted thirty-three bombs. Twenty-two of the bombs exploded, injuring fifteen people. His motive: denial of a worker’s compensation claim against Consolidated Edison in 1931. Metesky’s arrest was the result of an early use of profiling techniques by police. He was found legally insane and committed to a mental institution in 1957. He was released in 1973, and died in 1994 at the age of 90.

Further reading:

truTV: George Metesky: New York City’s Mad Bomber

Wikipedia: George Metesky

Time: An article from 1957 titled “George Did It”

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5 thoughts on “this day in crime history: january 22, 1957

  1. John D.:

    Those were a a LOT of bombs..(cripes)!
    Amazing that back THEN, we called his type INSANE…

    These days, they’re just “misunderstood”, or suffer BIAS for being “different”.

    At least they knew HOW to lock them away in times past.

    Very good story.

    Roll safe out there..

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