The Mad Bomber of New York

Here is more on George Metesky, the Mad Bomber of New York City. Between 1940 and 1956, Metesky planted at least 33 bombs at public locations around the city, 22 of which exploded, injuring 15 people. He was finally identified and captured in 1957, judged legally insane, and committed to a mental hospital. He was released in 1973 and lived to the age of 90, dying in 1994. The bombings were motivated by a grudge against the Consolidated Edison electrical utility, where he suffered injury in an industrial accident while working as a mechanic and was denied workman’s compensation for the resulting disability.

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The accident left him disabled and, after collecting 26 weeks of sick pay, he lost his job. According to claims disputed by Consolidated Edison, the accident led to pneumonia that in turn developed into tuberculosis.

No. That’s not how infectious disease works. Sorry, union organizers.

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