On this day, January 22nd, 1957, George P. Metesky, New York City’s “Mad Bomber” is arrested in Waterbury, Connecticut. He is charged with planting more than 30 bombs. Metesky terrorized NYC for over a decade by planting bombs in movie theaters, terminals, libraries, phone booths, offices and restrooms of public buildings. Some of his targets were Grand Central Station, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Penn Station, Radio City Music Hall and the New York City Subway. Over the years he planted 33 bombs of which are known, 22 exploded injuring 15 people. After his arrest he was brought up on 47 charges. Metesky was found legally insane and committed to a state mental hospital after being deemed incompetent to stand trial.
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