It's been nine years since Erie's "collar bomb" bank robbery, and now a book has been released, co-authored by one of the lead investigators on the case, revealing new details.
"Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America's Most Shocking Bank Robbery" hit book shelves last week. Monday, authors Gerry Clark and Ed Palattella were signing books and sharing some of those new details to a packed house at Gannon University.
Both said this was a great collaborative event, and that they were able to uncover new details throughout the writing process. They also said since its been going on for nine years, people may have forgotten some of the details. And since it has brought so much national attention, they just wanted to clear up any misinformation and put this story to rest.
"Everybody had heard different things, Erie's a very close, tight-knit community," said co-author and retired FBI Agent Gerry Clark. "So when we hear things that are rumors, and are not true, I wanted to be able to set the record straight and say this is exactly what happened."
"It says a lot about some themes, even in this country and in the city," said co-author and newspaper reporter Ed Palattella. "We just think it'll be an interesting story read. I mean its very tragic as well, we never lost sire of that, but it really is quite a story."
There has been some talk about this book being optioned for a movie, some producers have even reached out to the Palattella and Clark. For now, though, they say they'll just have to wait and see what happens.