An Evening with Jerry Clark and Ed Palattella “Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America’s Most Shocking Bank Robbery”

Posted: May 10, 2013

ttention crime enthusiasts and followers of the most shocking case of Erie. On Saturday, May 11th, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, will be opening its doors for a presentation and book signing by lead FBI investigator Jerry Clark and Erie Times News reporter Ed Palattella on the events surrounding the infamous Pizza Bomber Case.

"On August 28, 2003, in the suburbs of Erie, Pennsylvania, a pizza delivery man named Brian Wells was accosted by several men who locked a time bomb around his neck. They then ordered him to rob a bank. After delivering the money, he would receive clues to help him disarm the bomb. It was one of the most ingenious bank robbery schemes in history, known as Collarbomb by the FBI. It did not go according to plan. Wells, picked up by police shortly after the robbery, never found the clues he needed. Investigating the crime after his grisly death, the FBI soon discovered that Wells was not, in fact, an innocent victim. He was merely the first co-conspirator to fall in a bizarre trail of death following the crime. Jerry Clark, the lead FBI Special Agent who cracked what became known as the Pizza Bomber case, and investigative reporter Ed Palattella, who followed it from the beginning, tell the complete story, from the inside, for the first time."


Barnes & Noble will host authors Jerry Clark Ph. D., Professor at Gannon University and Ed Palattella for a discussion and signing of their book, "Pizza Bomber: the Untold Story of America's Most Shocking Bank Robbery." Proceeds from purchases at the event will benefit the Partnership for Erie Public Schools and Erie-GAINS literacy programming.

Erie-GAINS, Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability, was launched in 2010. Gannon University has a rich history of service to Erie and the surrounding community and with this initiative, the university took its commitment to service and to the community one step further. Gannon is providing a platform that will bring greater focus to its existing efforts aimed at experiential learning.

The presentation and book signing will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May11th at Barnes & Noble located at 5909 Peach Street. The event is free and open to the public.