I'm from Erie and was living there when the Brian Wells incident. All of it except the end happened literally within blocks of my home. As bizarre as it sounds, the more you dig into it and find out about the people who were involved the more bizarre it gets. Plus, there is an entire ancillary group of people who were involved in these people's lives who had nothing to do with the bomb plot but by pure association you discover all these crazy things about them.
me and my roommate were DYING when we read about this. it’s just one of those things where when you read the wikipedia you get even more confused (see also: scientology). Thanks for affirming our bafflement! Now somebody just needs to clear up the Dyatlov Pass incident for me…
2003: Brian Douglas Wells, an American pizza delivery man in Erie, Pennsylvania, was killed by a time bomb that was fastened around his neck. He was apprehended by the police after robbing a bank, and claimed he had been forced to do it by three people who had put the bomb around his neck and would kill him if he refused. The bomb later exploded, killing him. In 2007, police alleged Wells was involved in the robbery plot along with two other conspirators.
A would-be saboteur arrested today at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland made the bizarre claim that he was from the future. Eloi Cole, a strangely dressed young man, said that he had travelled back in time to prevent the LHC from destroying the world.
Mr Cole was seized by Swiss police after CERN security guards spotted him rooting around in bins. He explained that he was looking for fuel for his ‘time machine power unit’, a device that resembled a kitchen blender.
Police said Mr Cole, who was wearing a bow tie and rather too much tweed for his age, would not reveal his country of origin. “Countries do not exist where I am from. The discovery of the Higgs boson led to limitless power, the elimination of poverty and Kit-Kats for everyone. It is a communist chocolate hellhole and I’m here to stop it ever happening."