August 20, 1999

He Maintained His Property

News Item from the CBC, August 19, 1999:

B.C. man arrested for Y2K bomb plot

VANCOUVER - An 18-month international police investigation has resulted in the arrest of a New Westminster man, charged with plotting a get-rich bombing campaign to take advantage of millennial confusion.

Alfred Reumayr, 50, has been charged with five counts of explosive-related offences. His plan apparently was to set off a series of explosions, targeting various energy systems. The timing of the explosions was to coincide with the arrival of the new millennium to take advantage of any confusion brought on by the Y2K computer bug. There are reports Reumayr bought oil futures and hoped to cash in on the ensuing chaos.

The investigation was conducted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Customs. RCMP Cpl. Frank Henley said Reumayr's plan involved soliciting a U.S. citizen to place explosive devices in certain places.

"We believe this plot was for financial gain. not a terrorist act," said Bill Kinsella of the BATF.

Now this is apparently REAL, not part of a sci-fi novel. Kind of makes me wonder what OTHER plots are being hatched that the police aren't aware of.

On the other hand, I admire the guy's creativity. Only I wonder why he needed to involve "a US citizen" to place his bombs.. aren't there any Canadians available who qualify??

I saw this on the TV news before I found it on the web. Of course they sent a reporter to interview the man's neighbours, and one rather elderly gentleman took it upon himself to say that this man had been a FINE neighbour and had MAINTAINED HIS PROPERTY. In those exact words. An intriguing variation on the usual "he kept to himself and was very very quiet"..

I wonder if Hitler, Idi Amin, or Saddam Hussein mow(ed) their lawns..


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