Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Latest I Could Find on the Car Bombing

Few clues found yet to explain what led to car-bomb death (07/23, The Tennesseean)

This is the latest story I could find on their website. It does mention a couple new details I hadn't heard:
"After the blast, Young's body was found in front of his Land Rover. He was found without his pants, officials said. They were probably torn from his body during the blast, said Carlos Bauxauli, special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Bauxauli declined to release further details on that matter."
That's just sad, really. In your final moments of life to lose your pants. How can they, though, get "torn from your body"?
"Officials said Young was in the driver's seat at the time of the blast, but somehow ended up in front of the car, on the ground, after the explosion."
This is a little puzzling, however. I'm no forensics expert, but if you can tell that he was originally in the drivers seat before the explosion, wouldn't you know how he ended up in front of the car? I mean, the question doesn't make sense. If you're puzzled at how he ended up on the ground, how could you have extrapolated where he was before? Maybe that's where his pants were...ugh.
"Explosives expert Rick Eley yesterday said it would be rare for a deadly car explosion to be the result of an accident or suicide.

He estimated that car explosions are set 99.9% of the time by someone intending to harm someone else, not themselves.

Instructions on building and detonating car bombs are readily available on the Internet and in books that are available at bookstores, Eley said. An accidental car explosion would be extremely rare, he said.

A suicide in Young's case would be an anomaly that would generate interest from explosive experts worldwide, Eley said."
This looks more and more like a hit, for lack of a better word. But then there's this:
"Residents of Cavalcade Drive in Franklin's Fieldstone Farms development said their lives were becoming normal again yesterday, the day after bomb squad dogs, law enforcement vehicles and media packed their small cul-de-sac to investigate William Young's house. ''All the vehicles are gone now,'' said Michelle Taylor, who lives two doors down from Young's house. Taylor said neighbors are ready to get back to their routines, noting the inconvenience of having 10 ATF, FBI and Metro police vehicles parked outside their houses.

Officials had street blocked off Wednesday. Taylor had to ask an official to move his car every time she wanted to go somewhere. 'It was still quite a circus here (Wednesday) night,'' she said of the search of Young's house. ''I know they took his computer. An ATF official made a comment to my husband that the computer system was so intricate and intelligent that it was scary.'"
That's interesting. While an intricate computer system owned by someone in Franklin is certainly not unusual, the fact that an ATF agent commented on it as being scary is.

I'll still keep my eyes open.

UPDATE: Then there's this misleading headline:

Little known about man killed in car bomb blast (07/23, The Tennesseean)

The article then proceeds to relate numerous intimate details about Young, his wife, and his child, gossip from the neighbors about a pending move to Nicaragua (that mysteriously doesn't check out), his work history, credit history, the family's financial history, plus some interesting tidbits about a Child & Family Services Investigation in 2001 and a 911 hangup in 2002.

Gee, it's too bad the Tennesseean couldn't find anything out about this guy. I'd hate to see what they'd print if they found out anything personal or embarassing...

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