Feb. 10, 2004
ERIE, Pa.—The FBI has released the partial text of handwritten notes found in the car of Brian Douglas Wells, 46, a pizza delivery driver killed in August when a bomb clamped around his neck exploded. The notes instructed Wells on how to rob a bank in order to preserve his life (see additional stories below).
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the FBI showed photographs of the hand-printed notes in hopes someone can identify the author's writing style and common use of words, phrases and symbols. Among the instructions were: "Stay calm and do as instructed to survive," and "Do not delay."
"The design of the bank robbery plan and the construction of the letters required a certain amount of time and patience, which is generally indicative of an offender's maturity level," said FBI Special Agent Robert Rudge. "This offender invested a great deal of thought and planning into this scheme, which could have evolved over a period of time--even years."
Rudge said investigators had not ruled out revenge as a possible motive.
"Revenge is a theme repeated throughout the letters, along with certain dire consequences if instructions were not strictly followed," he said. "This suggests that revenge for some type of wrong--real or perceived--was a strong motive for this crime."
About 1:30 on Aug. 28, 2003, Wells left to deliver two pizzas to a remote building next to a radio tower near Erie. About an hour later he robbed a PNC Bank branch after telling bank employees he was carrying a bomb.
When troopers pulled him over minutes later, they handcuffed him. Wells then told them a dark-skinned man had fastened the bomb to him, started its timer and forced him to hold up the bank. The device detonated shortly after.
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