Remembering the 1970 Sterling Hall Bombing at the University of Wisconsin

As we have recently turned our attention to terrorism on the global landscape, let us not forget that the United States has had (and continues to have) its share of domestic terrorists. Last week, IFPO Board of Directors Emeritus Robert Metscher stated in an email that Aug. 24 was the 51st anniversary of the Sterling Hall Bombing at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

"The bombing killed Robert Fassnacht, a graduate researcher. Three others were wounded including Norbert Suttler, a security guard posted at the building.

This was the first use of an ANFO bomb attack in the US.

The story of the bombing and bombers can be found in the book RADS by Tom Bates.

As a fun side note... After York College inventoried their books to transition away from a card catalog, I found several books hidden behind other books on the shelves. I'm guessing someone was setting them up for theft since they would fall off the inventory records with the online catalog. This is were I found RADS. Hidden behind other Criminal Justice books. It is well worth the read."

According to a story on the University of Wisconsin-Madison website, "Three of the four bombers — David Fine and brothers Karl and Dwight Armstrong — eventually served prison time. The fourth, Leo Burt, remains at large. Burt and Fine were UW–Madison students at the time."

 

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