Aspen Restaurants to Sue Would-Be Bomber’s Estate

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Aspen, Colo. (AP) A group of restaurants is planning to sue the estate of the man who killed himself after leaving homemade bombs around Aspen on New Year’s Eve.

They hope to recoup the losses they suffered when the bomb scare brought celebrations to a halt.

Ten restaurants have retained the Aspen law firm of Garfield & Hecht, which plans to file suit this week against the estate of 72-year-old James Chester Blanning.

Blanning shot himself in his car a few hours after leaving two gift-wrapped, gasoline bombs at two banks and two more bombs in an alley. In notes left at two banks, Blanning demanded $60,000.

New Year’s festivities were canceled across the mountain resort as police cleared downtown to find the bombs. No one was injured, and the bombs did not explode.

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