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Friday, August 5, 2011
Bizarre details emerge in Australia teen's neck bomb hoax horror!
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msnbc.com staff and news service reports / updated 8/4/2011 7:16:17 PM ET.
Madeleine Pulver, 18, had a suspected bomb attached to her after a masked man entered her family's home in Sydney on Wednesday.
SYDNEY—A bizarre ransom note bearing the name of a fictional character was left by a ski-mask-clad man who broke into a suburban Sydney home and chained a fake bomb to the 18-year-old daughter of a wealthy Australia businessman, officials close to the case said Thursday.
The man apparently was spotted running away from the home in the suburb of Mosman by a neighbor and her driver, who told police he leapt into a car driven by a woman who had been "driving up and down the street, looking nervous," sourcestold the Daily Telegraph.
After telling police the car sped away, the neighbor, champion racehorse trainer Gai Waterhouse,took to her blogto chastise the "crazy person" who sparked a 10-hour ordeal Wednesday as police removed the bomb-like device from Madeleine Pulver.
"Some crazy person had supposedly tied a bomb to young girl who lives down the street. What is our world coming to, if people can't feel safe in their own homes," Waterhouse wrote. "This young lady could easily be affected for life by this horrendous experience. How dare someone violate the privacy that she and her family are entitled to, not to mention the unimaginable terror and strain they were put under, the boot should be put on the other foot."
Police on Thursday revealed the name on the ransom note that contained a threat to detonate the device was Dirk Struan, the lead character in the 1966 novel "Tai-Pan," by author James Clavell and set during the time of the 1842 Opium War. The plot involves two businessmen who set out to destroy each other. It contains a passage in chapter 12 in which Struan is told there is a price on the heads of his mistress and children.