Thursday, January 22, 2009

Woodburn, Oregon Bank Bombing Update and Something Doesn’t Smell Right

I first mentioned the Oregon bank bombing on the 13th of December 2008 in a post I titled Harbinger?  I then updated on that initial post here, and followed up on that with a post I titled Just A Whim I Guess, where I pondered on an alleged motive for the bombing.

Googling up, via Google News, the words “Oregon bank bombing,” one finds that the last news article published on this incident, at least according to Google, was published on December 27, 2008.  But, I did find one news article via Google News, published at, with a headline of Motive in Woodburn bank bombing may have been robbery, indictment shows.

When I read that robbery was the alleged motive for this bombing, I thought to myself, how can this be?  Though the definition of robbery is noted as,

Many states define robbery as theft/larceny of property or money through the offender’s use of physical force or fear against a victim. Where a deadly weapon such as a gun is used or the victim suffers injury, the robbery may be charged as “armed” or “aggravated.” Unlike burglary, the crime of robbery almost always requires the presence of a victim who suffers actual injury, or is threatened with harm.

For example, Dan approaches Victor from behind, demanding Victor’s wallet while pressing a hard object into his back. Fearing that Dan has a gun, Victor gives up his wallet. If Dan did use a gun, or if Victor suffered an injury, the charge would likely be elevated to “armed” or “aggravated” robbery.

neither Bruce Turnidge or his son Joshua, the alleged bombers, was anywhere around when the bomb detonated.  How would the Turnidges have been able to rob the bank if they were not there?  Think about it.  Allegedly phone calls were made warning of a bomb outside the bank, which of course would bring the authorities running, which it did.  How do you rob a bank when the cops are swarming around outside, and clearing the area and bank allegedly to be robbed, because of the threat of a bomb?  Did the Turnidges have some type of invisibility cloak which would have allowed them to glide past the cops unseen and then enter the bank while the cops stood around, shooing the nosy away with the words “Move along, citizen, there is nothing to see here?”

Something doesn’t smell right about this, but I can’t tell you what the smell is.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/22 at 11:05 AM
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