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Police: Jilted lover planted homemade bomb under ex's car
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Police: Jilted lover planted homemade bomb under ex's car

Man faces charges for planting makeshift bomb under ex's car

Police: Jilted lover planted homemade bomb under ex's car

Police say a jilted lover tried to blow his ex-girlfriend up with a homemade bomb, albeit a very crude device. The county bomb squad says it would have been effective in causing damage, however.

The parts were placed in a tin can then set in a bottle full of lighter fluid. 

The would-be bomber placed it under his ex-girlfriend’s SUV. But it was her mom, though, who almost became the victim.
 
Sandy Beckner says when she spotted the contraption under her daughter's SUV, she had no idea her daughter's ex-boyfriend, Ryan Derose, had allegedly planted it there.

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“That’s almost like a fatal attraction because he had been harassing her. She couldn't go out of the house without him following her,” Beckner says in an exclusive interview Friday.
 
Authorities say Beckner is fortunate the bomb didn't go off in her hands.

Since finding the device, the family says it has also uncovered threatening text messages Derose sent his ex, promising to blow her up. The daughter’s new boyfriend says Derose warned him: "If you hear a loud noise in the middle of the night, just know it's not about you."
 
Thomas asked police about Derose’s intentions.
 
“We think it was simply to threaten his ex,” says Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith. “He wasn't satisfied with the way things were left.”  
 
“As you can see from the bags under my eyes, I haven't been able to sleep,” Beckner said. “I literally have been watching this house 24/7,” Beckner said.
 
After a search of Derosa's house, police have charged him with terroristic threats and possessing a destructive device. 

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Most were teenagers; many came from good homes but were at odds with their parents.The 'family' eventually established a commune-like base at the Spahn Ranch, a ramshackle former movie location outside Los Angeles, where Manson manipulated his followers with drugs, oversaw orgies and subjected them to bizarre lectures.He had musical ambitions and befriended rock stars, including Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. He also met Terry Melcher, a music producer who had lived in the same house that Polanski and Tate later rented.By the summer of 1969, Manson had failed to sell his songs, and the rejection was later seen as a trigger for the violence. He complained that Wilson took a Manson song called 'Cease to Exist,' revised it into 'Never Learn Not to Love' and recorded it with the Beach Boys without giving Manson credit.Manson was obsessed with Beatles music, particularly 'Piggies' and 'Helter Skelter,' a hard-rocking song that he interpreted as forecasting the end of the world. 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