Resort and Casino in Lake Tahoe, Nevada: The bomb
had been disguised as a copying machine and had been
installed in the executive suite. Attached to it was
a ransom demand for $3mn.
hotel was evacuated while the bomb squad investigated
but it wasn't just a case of cutting the red or the
blue wire as movie legend has it... The control box
had 28 switches.
ransom note said that the cash
should be delivered by helicopter, but when the FBI
contacted the helicopter by radio (expressly forbidden
in the ransom terms) the extortionist refused to give
details on how to dismantle the bomb.
a nearby hotel, bomb experts tried to disassemble the
bomb using robots but were unsuccessful. The bomb exploded.
The hotel was destroyed. Nobody was killed.
Waldo Birges and his girlfriend Ella Williams with two
other men, were eventually charged with the crime.
had gambled away a large sum of money
at the hotel and was looking for revenge.
had stolen the TNT in the bomb from a construction site.
He was given 20 years.
hotel was eventually rebuilt.