Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Baltimore Light and Boom Co.

Bonnie Friedman is "thrilled the disruption will stop and we'll be able to sleep".

That is the consensus of neighbors of the mysterious Baltimore Midnight Bomber, 59-year-old Fred Mackler, of Pikesville, Maryland.

(Brief video of Bonnie, sober, at the link!!)

Police say they've made an arrest in the case of the loud bang and bright flash of light disturbing a neighborhood in Pikesville.

Reporter Derek Valcourt said he never thought he'd be reporting that the mystery is solved a day after it first aired.

The cause: a frustrated neighbor. But even more surprising is what police found inside his home. The man behind this mystery is now behind bars.

Police blame 59-year-old Fred Mackler for the flashes of bright light and loud bangs that bothered neighbors in Pikesville for years."The noise is deafening and wakes us up out of a very deep sleep," said Elaine O'Mansky. "Even the good drugs you can get sometimes, didn't help."

Neighbors called police, who set up cameras to catch it. Police studied the shadows in these images and changed their camera angles accordingly.

And cameras did catch it again this weekend. This time, the tape had evidence."After evaluating this videotape, the bomb unit technician was almost able to pinpoint the exact condominium where this was actually coming from," Mike Hill, local know-it-all and constable said.

That's how police met Mackler, who apparently confessed to creating the disturbance. Inside his home, investigators found quantities of drugs, guns and fireworks. Police say he had been having problems with neighbors in the building. "He would get up in the middle of the morning, around 2 o'clock, fire one of these pyrotechnic devices and be done," Hill said.

Just before Baltimore-brunch, I presume....

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