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Car bomb investigation points toward two men (Update-Michigan)
Monroe Evening News ^ | September 22, 2011 | Ray Kisonas

Posted on 09/23/2011 7:49:19 AM PDT by madison10

Police officials say this afternoon that while no arrests have been made in Tuesday's car bombing, at least two men are being targeted, including one whose estranged spouse is represented by Erik Chappell. Monroe police and federal agents may be close to making a move soon, authorities said. On the day his car exploded with his two sons inside, Mr. Chappell was in Monroe County Circuit Court on a hearing involving child support payments. Later that afternoon, as he was driving on E. Elm Ave., taking his sons to football practice, the Volvo exploded.

Authorities have said that they are investigating any potential links and leads involving cases of Mr. Chappell, including that he may not have been the primary target of the blast. Those familiar with the case said it is believed the vehicle's sunroof was open, which could have saved the trio's lives because the shrapnel, believed to be ball bearings, had an opening to escape.

The device was a pipe bomb, but investigators are not certain if it was detonated by cell phone remote or if it was on a timer. Some close to the situation believe the bomb was placed inside the car under the passenger seat, but others at this stage believe it was attached underneath the Volvo on the passenger side. The bomb was powerful and required some skills to build and detonate, investigators say. Mr. Chappell had reported being threatened in recent weeks, but it was unclear if a police report was filed. He had not filed a personal protection order, according to court records.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: 2sons; attorney; erikchappell; explosion; michigancarbomb; monroe

1 posted on 09/23/2011 7:49:26 AM PDT by madison10
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To: madison10

Seems a gun would be so much easier. Why a pipe bomb?


2 posted on 09/23/2011 7:52:58 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: madison10
the vehicle's sunroof was open, which could have saved the trio's lives because the shrapnel, believed to be ball bearings, had an opening to escape.

Does anyone find that to be a credible statement on the laws of physics?

3 posted on 09/23/2011 8:02:33 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (I can only be series in a parallel universe.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

“Why a pipe bomb?”

I think pipe bombs send more of a message. By being terrorist “inspired” they are meant to warn off others by spreading fear.


4 posted on 09/23/2011 8:03:11 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Union or other mob sending a message?


5 posted on 09/23/2011 8:04:22 AM PDT by Cracker Jack (If it weren't for the democrats, republicans would be the worst thing in Washington.)
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To: Cracker Jack

What connection did the attorney have to the union or mob? If it was to “send a message”, then it wasn’t meant to kill him? Lots of questions.


6 posted on 09/23/2011 8:06:21 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Larry Lucido

More likely, the open sunroof reduced the overpressure of the bomb to survivable levels.


7 posted on 09/23/2011 8:07:13 AM PDT by MediaMole
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To: madison10
Detonating with kids in the car.

That's f***ing cold. Not even Tony Montana would do that, in "Scarface".

8 posted on 09/23/2011 8:07:15 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: ilovesarah2012

Here’s a guess: IF the child custody case is what “set-off” the criminal, maybe the message was “If you take away my kids, I’ll take away yours” so the target was NOT the lawyer, but his children.


9 posted on 09/23/2011 8:12:52 AM PDT by madison10
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To: Larry Lucido

It is well-known that ball-bearings are attracted to light. If a ball-bearing sees the sun shining through a sunroof, it will alter its trajectory to guide itself towards the light. In the summer, you will note that an outdoor porch light will have many ball-bearings flying around it.


10 posted on 09/23/2011 8:14:20 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: ilovesarah2012
What connection did the attorney have to the union or mob?

Who knows? There are lots of possibilities, but the mob (as well as other terrorists) have been known to use car bombs. They would certainly be near the top of my list of suspects.

11 posted on 09/23/2011 8:15:43 AM PDT by Cracker Jack (If it weren't for the democrats, republicans would be the worst thing in Washington.)
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To: madison10
The bomb was powerful and required some skills to build and detonate,

That's what makes me lean toward a mob thing.
12 posted on 09/23/2011 8:22:58 AM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Cracker Jack

Just always look for the Union label, when you are sending a death threat, or bomb.
There’s a song about this me thinks/S


13 posted on 09/23/2011 8:26:47 AM PDT by 9422WMR
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To: Lazamataz
It is well-known that ball-bearings are attracted to light.

OMG, Laz! Speechless.

14 posted on 09/23/2011 8:28:09 AM PDT by Wilum (Never loaded a nuke I didn't like)
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To: Lazamataz

That’s the first thing that popped into my head when I read this article.


15 posted on 09/23/2011 8:28:09 AM PDT by RedCell (Honor thy Father (9/6/07) - Semper Fi / "...it is their duty, to throw off such government...")
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To: Lazamataz

That’s what I thought. Many ball-bearings report near-death experiences where they are told to “go to the light.” But then it’s just a sunroof.


16 posted on 09/23/2011 8:32:09 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (I can only be series in a parallel universe.)
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To: Wilum
If you need proof, see this video. In it, a large ball bearing is attracted to a small light on the bottom of the suspending device.
17 posted on 09/23/2011 8:32:27 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: MediaMole; Lazamataz

I’ve read that bodyguards are taught to start cars with the drivers door open, and with their legs outside the car, to raise the likelihood of survival by 1) being less likely to be trapped inside the car, and 2) being less likely to having your legs blown up by being under the dashboard.


18 posted on 09/23/2011 8:35:09 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (I can only be series in a parallel universe.)
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To: Larry Lucido

Actually yes, although not the shrapnel part in. There was a case in North St Louis County in summer of 1973 where a gent had several sticks of dynamite, IIRC it was 7 !!!, detonated under the passenger side of his Lincoln MkV or whater Mk it was in 73. His sunroof was open and the roof was peeled back over the trunk. There was a hole in the asphalt several feet across and about 18” deep from the blast.

The victim lived, but he lost both legs, an armm, an eye and numerous other injuries. I lived not far from where it happened. Law Enforcment at the time credited the sunroof being open saving his life as it allowed the blast to vent upwards.

Regards

alfa6 ;>}


19 posted on 09/23/2011 8:37:17 AM PDT by alfa6
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To: Larry Lucido

And to attract the ball bearings out the door with the introduction of a new light source.


20 posted on 09/23/2011 8:43:31 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: madison10

Common sense should tell me that this was a hate crime but liberalism would say it is not. WTF?


21 posted on 09/23/2011 8:44:10 AM PDT by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: equaviator

?


22 posted on 09/23/2011 8:46:45 AM PDT by madison10
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To: madison10

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23 posted on 09/23/2011 8:47:56 AM PDT by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: Larry Lucido
the vehicle's sunroof was open, which could have saved the trio's lives because the shrapnel, believed to be ball bearings, had an opening to escape.

Does anyone find that to be a credible statement on the laws of physics?

if most of the ball bearings were initially directed upward by the blast, maybe. I've heard of anti-tank weapons killing the occupants by penetrating the tank with a small object which then bounces around inside. Of course the sun-roof being open would also reduce the effect of blast pressure on the occupants.

The article doesn't say anything about the injuries to the Mr. Chappell and his sons aside from implying that things could have been worse.

24 posted on 09/23/2011 8:52:05 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: madison10
Police officials say this afternoon that while no arrests have been made in Tuesday's car bombing, at least two men are being targeted, including one whose estranged spouse is represented by Erik Chappell.

Anyone here who has not seen, from the inside, the extreme, murderous bitterness that often arises in a contested domestic relations case, especially one involving children, cannot realize how easily such bitterness can morph into murderous violence, as it apparently did here. That's why I give the Muzzies, Mafia, and unions a complete pass, unless one or the other of them was hired to do the bombing.

25 posted on 09/23/2011 9:03:25 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: Larry Lucido
Does anyone find that to be a credible statement on the laws of physics?

I doubt that "journalism" majors see the inside of a physics classroom, these days. I'm guessing, though, that the noted typist was imagining the ball bearings ricocheting around the car's interior over and over again, turning the occupants into ground meat.

Thank goodness that the (glass) sunroof was open and prevented that!

26 posted on 09/23/2011 9:03:55 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: ilovesarah2012
What connection did the attorney have to the union or mob?

According to his firm website, he did some construction contracts. That doesn't mean that they are mob related, but who knows.

27 posted on 09/26/2011 8:36:52 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Detroit Tigers - First major league team to clinch division title this year.)
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