Monroe Car Bombing
March 16, 2012 by staff
Monroe Car Bombing, Special Agent in Charge David McCain of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Detroit Field Division today announced additional information in the Sept. 29, 2011 car bombing that resulted in serious injuries to Ohio Attorney Erik Chappell and his two minor sons. The explosion occurred near the 1600 block of East Elm Avenue in Monroe, Mich., where Chappell and his sons were traveling to a scheduled football practice.
McCain released information regarding the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) used in the bombing. An IED is essentially a homemade bomb, not commercially manufactured but it may have commercial components included. Some of the commercial components believed to be used in the construction of this IED were from toy cars according to ATF special agents, ATF forensic chemists and the ATF National Laboratory.
McCain said some of the components used may have come from toy vehicles manufactured and sold under the brand names of Electrix RC, The Ruckus Monster Truck (Orange), Ruckus Monster Truck (Green), Circuit Stadium Truck (Red), Circuit Stadium Truck (Gray) Boost Buggy (Orange) and the Boost Buggy (Blue) model.
According to an ATF profiler the suspect(s) held such a grievance toward the victim, Chappell, that he or she was willing to kill him and innocent children to exact his or her revenge. The use of command detonation along with the shrapnel to increase the lethality of the device supports this theory.
Individuals who use explosives to engage in such target-specific extreme violence often exhibit the following personality traits:
Individuals, who seek excessive revenge for perceived grievances, use the motto, “I don’t get mad, I get even.”
Individuals possess an anger that is noted by others around them; in fact, friends and family members may have suffered verbal, physical and emotional abuse by them due to their tempers.
This anger may color his or her thinking, blaming others for perceived mistakes and shortcomings in his or her own life. He or she may not take appropriate responsibility for his or her actions.
Individuals are self-centered – it’s all about them. They may display a degree of callousness or lack of concern for the rights of others.
These subjects may engage in other criminal behavior, such as: frauds, schemes, property crimes, and assaults.
These individuals typically have problems in their lives, particularly with their relationships and employment.
McCain said the person responsible for the design and construction of this device possesses knowledge of electronics, radio control circuitry, tools and metal working. The individual would have had to have a private workspace to store, assemble and construct his or her device. These skills will have been developed through his or her employment or hobbies, according to ATF profilers.
There may be more than one subject involved in this crime — that the author of the scheme enlisted the aid of another to carry it out. This factor will increase the likelihood that others beyond the pair may be aware of the truth behind this crime, or possess knowledge of this crime without realizing its significance.
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