Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bombings and Terrorism in the U.S.

The Boston Marathon Bombing was another sad day in American History.

Alas, using explosive devices to cause death and destruction is not new to the United States.

The most known examples are, of course, 9/11 (where planes became bombs), and bombings of the World Trade Center in New York and the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma.

But other cases have also left their mark on our society..

For example, in July 1985, there was pipe bombs were used to murder wealthy widow Margaret Benson and her twenty-one-year-old adopted son, Scott Benson, in the family's Naples, Florida home. Another son turned out to be the culprit.

Even more shocking is the story of Jack Gilbert Graham, who way back in 1955, gift wrapped 25 sticks of dynamite (disguised as a present for his mother) and snuck onto a plane out ofDenver en route to Portland. It exploded while airborne, killing all 44 passengers and crew on board. I wrote about this tragedy in my true crime short, MASS MURDER IN THE SKY.

It seems that determined killers have always been with us, often hidden in plain view, wanting to take away the freedoms and lifestyle we take for granted. Allowing them to win would be the worst thing we can do.

The best thing would be to continue going after those who cause such murder and mayhem--making sure they face justice under the law and living our lives, while cherishing each and every day we get to spend with our loves ones as we try to make a difference in the world we live in.

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