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:

Crime Library: George Metesky: New York City’s Mad Bomber

Wikipedia: George Metesky

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

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

  1. John D.:
    Holy crap…talk about holding some sort of GRUDGE…since the 30s…!
    Makes you long for the return of insane asylums…
    (Lord knows we certainly NEED them more than ever now)

    Good story.

    Roll safe out there.

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