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:

NPR: A 16-Year Hunt For New York’s ‘Mad Bomber’

Wikipedia: George Metesky

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

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

  1. I recently read a book called The Mad Bomber of New York, by Michael M. Greenburg, which is the story of the case. Apparently, Metesky was injured in an industrial accident at Con Ed and was basically crippled for the rest of his life. He then got screwed by the bureaucracy (Say it ain’t so!) on his disability claim. The bombings were his revenge on an unfair world.
    Also, he was crazy.
    Good book.

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