Compare to 2016 UCLA shooter who also killed his wife on his mission of terror, and Adam Lanza and South Carolina homeschool shooter who killed their mother or father before their mass terror mission.
a crazy German professor managed to bomb the Capitol, attack one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the country, and plant a bomb onboard a ship carrying American munitions to a foreign war zone within the span of a few days. The only reason he failed was because he wasn't a particularly skilled terrorist, and Craigslist and YouTube hadn't been invented yet to help him anonymously recruit like-minded sociopaths to his cause.
World War I Intrigue: German Spies in New York!
BY MICHAEL S. NEIBERG
http://www.historynet.com/world-war-i-intrigue-german-spies-in-new-york.htm While several of the key players in Germany’s wartime sabotage efforts in North America went on to further notoriety, none, perhaps, had a more sinister role in history than Franz von Papen. He became chancellor of Germany in 1932 and was among the men chiefly responsible for persuading President Paul von Hindenburg to name Adolf Hitler chancellor in 1933; Papen then served briefly as Hitler’s vice chancellor.
*Harvard Crimson 1942
Muenter, Once German Teacher Here, Killed Wife, Shot Morgan, Sabotaged in World War 1
Opposed Slaughter, Wanted To End Conflict by Himself
Eric Muenter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Eric Muenter (1871–1915), also known as Erich Münter, Erich Muenter, Erich Holt or Frank Holt, was a German-American would-be assassin.
While teaching German at Harvard University in 1906 he poisoned his pregnant wife. He fled before this was discovered, and spent the next decade in various places in the United States under assumed identities.
He was a committed German nationalist and opposed the US policy of selling arms to Great Britain and France, Germany's enemies in World War I.
On July 2, 1915, Muenter hid a package containing three sticks of dynamite with a timing mechanism set for nearly midnight under a telephone switchboard in the Senate reception room in the United States Capitol, Washington, D.C. His original target had been the Senate chamber, which he found locked. The bomb exploded at approximately 11:40 PM resulting in no casualties. Muenter wrote a letter to The Washington Star under a pseudonym, explaining his actions, which was published after the bombing. He said that he hoped the explosion would "make enough noise to be heard above the voices that clamor for war. This explosion is an exclamation point in my appeal for peace."
After setting off the bomb in the Capitol, he fled to New York City, where he hid a time bomb on SS Minnehaha, a ship loaded with munitions bound for Britain. He then made his way to the home of financier J. P. Morgan, Jr. in Glen Cove, New York. Morgan had arranged for Britain to borrow large amounts in the US to finance its war effort against Germany, which angered Muenter. Muenter shot Morgan twice in the groin, but failed to kill him and was captured. (Morgan's butler subdued Muenter with a lump of coal.)
He was charged with both crimes and soon after committed suicide in jail. On July 7, just two days after his jail cell suicide, the bomb he had planted on Minnehaha exploded. It had been placed far away from the munitions, and the resulting fire only caused minor damage.
- ^ The New York Times Index. New York Times Company. 1915. pp. 285–.
- Jump up^ "Muenter, Once German Teacher Here, Killed Wife, Shot Morgan, Sabotaged in World War 1". The Harvard Crimson. February 14, 1942. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
- Jump up^ "Says Muenter Is Not Guity". Los Angeles Herald. Associated Press. May 1, 1906. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
- ^ Jump up to:a b "Chas. Apted Dies; 'Cop' at Harvard". New York Times. June 6, 1941. p. 21.
- ^ Jump up to:a b Russell, Daniel E. "The Day Morgan Was Shot" (PDF). Glen Cove Heritage.[better source needed]
- ^ Jump up to:a b "Man Who Shot J. P. Morgan Twice Admits Setting Bomb At National Capital". Hartford Courant. July 4, 1915. Retrieved 2009-10-30. Former German Instructor At Cornell Talks Freely After Third Degree Is Used, and Says He Wanted To Stop Shipment of Munitions To Europe. Is Suspected of Other, Similar Crimes. Describes Construction of Rare Type of 'Infernal Machine'. Financier Reported in Excellent Condition. Has Two Bullet Wounds In His Hip.
- Jump up^ "Bomb Rocks Capitol". United States Senate. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
- ^ Jump up to:a b Kinghorn, Jonathan. "S.S. Minnehaha". The Atlantic Transport Line. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
- Jump up^ "Intruder Has Dynamite – Forces His Way Into Banker's House at East Island, L. I. – Mrs. Morgan Risks Life – Leafs in Front of Husband, Who Thrusts Her Aside and Knocks Holt Down. – Wife Seizes His Revolver – As Financier Struggles on Flood She Aids Him Until the Servants Arrive. – British Ambassador Near – Sir Cecil Spring Rice a Guest at Breakfast Party Which the Shooting Interrupts.". The New York Times. July 4, 1915.
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