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article image“The Bishop” Mail Bomber Suspect Arrested

By S.H. Mills     Apr 25, 2007 in Crime
Suspect arrested and search warrant issued in case of mail bomber known as "The Bishop."
Apparently, the name “The Bishop” has been borrowed from a Charles Bronson character named Arthur Bishop in a movie called “The Mechanic,” in which Bronson played an assassin, sometimes using bombs.
Here, the suspect allegedly sent bombs and strange, threatening correspondence to various financial companies, signing his letters, “The Bishop.”
John P. Tomkins of Iowa, a.k.a. “The Bishop,” was taken into custody this morning by federal agents. Tomkins has been suspected for some time and his activities were being investigated, including the purchase of materials used to make bombs.
None of the bombs went off, but Tomkins is being charged for sending threatening communication with intent to extort and possession of unregistered destructive devices.
A search warrant was issued after the arrest to search Tomkins’ home. Tomkins is set to appear in court later this afternoon.
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