CNN To Air “The Pizza Bomber” Documentary Sunday, October 6

Posted: October 3, 2013

Jerry C. Clark, Ph.D., assistant professor in the criminal justice program at Gannon University, and Ed Palattella, Erie Times News reporter, share the story behind their book, "Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America's Most Shocking Bank Robbery, on a CNN documentary, "The Pizza Bomber", scheduled to air Sunday, Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. The program, an "Anderson Cooper Special Report,"  features CNN's Drew Griffin reporting.

The book, released last November, has sold briskly in the Erie area. 

The special will focus on the case, the events leading up to it, and the investigation, which proved to be lengthy, trying, and at times bizarre. Drew Griffin leads a discussion with Clark and Palattella with questions about the other central figures in the case, including Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, who was convicted on all counts in November 2010, and William Rothstein, a key person of interest who died of cancer in 2004.

The investigation was inherently complex, with a number of twists and turns. Clark noted that there were times over the years when investigators were unsure whether they would be able to solve the case. However, Palattella, Clark, and others involved in the investigation never lost sight of the horrific nature of the case and the loss of life. "It was a tragic event in every sense," Clark said.

Clark will continue his exploration of the Pizza Bomber case through a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), the first in the history of Gannon University's criminal justice program . The class begins Nov. 4, and is titled Investigative Concepts: FBI Major Case #203 "Pizza Bomber,"   a six-week course designed to help the student learn how to gather, analyze and process data in the course of large-scale criminal case investigations.