this day in crime history: december 25, 1974


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 – List of White House security breaches

Yonkers, NY Herald Statesman“Break-in sparks review” – A History of White House Attacks

One thought on “this day in crime history: december 25, 1974

  1. John D.:
    Whenever I read this story and see MARSHALL FIELDS, I can’t help thinking about the dearly departed department store.
    —ROAD FLARES? Good thing he didn’t set THOSE off (but maybe he should have…heh).
    In any event, proof positive that crime NEVER seems to take a holiday.

    Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS for you and yours.

    Stay safe out there.


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