They call it the Collar Bomb Heist, and it was the worst scavenger hunt ever. In 2003, a pizza delivery guy was pawned into a bank robbery scheme that ended up taking his life. His name was Brian Wells, and he had a bomb rigged and ready hanging from his neck. His first order was to steal $250,000 from a bank in Erie, Pennsylvania. After he left the bank with only a small portion of what he asked for, cops caught up to him, and he revealed that this whole thing was not his idea—he was innocent. But before bomb squad could arrive on the scene, Wells's death trap went off, killing him on the spot.
What was left for the police was a series of clues, each leading to a new one that took them all over town. The handwritten clues took the police to a McDonald's flowerbed, to a particular street sign, and all the way into the woods. They chased these clues but got no answers from them, wasting time as they went. Law enforcement was extremely puzzled, especially when they began to get strange tips that led them on another scavenger hunt of sorts for the mastermind of this whole ordeal. Blame was placed on several people, all pointing fingers at one another and claiming they knew about the robbery but didn't take part in it. In the end, a woman with a record of acquitted murder charges, Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, was sentenced to life in prison, and those she used to help her achieve her ends, like crack dealer Kenneth Barnes, received reduced but still lengthy sentences. It was also revealed during trial and investigations that the pizza delivery guy from the very beginning was also in on the plot—he just didn't think he was wearing a real bomb.
However, while it seems like all loose ends were tied on the Collar Bomb case, one man believes the justice system got it all wrong. Jim Fisher, a retired FBI agent, began to obsess over the crime and his version of the story is that one of Diehl-Armstrong's conspirators, the late Bill Rothstein, was the man behind it all. Fisher also claims that Rothstein, who died before ever receiving a conviction, put this whole scheme and scavenger hunt together just for the hilarious thrill of frustrating the cops with his complex riddles and causing mayhem for everyone around him.