Case 81

Brian Wells

Around midday on August 28 2003, 46-year-old delivery driver Brian Wells clocked in for his usual lunchtime shift at Mama Mia’s Pizzeria in Erie, Pennsylvania. At 1:30 PM, he was called to deliver two pizzas at an address at the end of a dirt road on Peach Street. 

There, he was fitted with a collar bomb and given a series of bizarre and complex instructions as part of an elaborate bank robbery plot. No one was prepared for what happened next. 



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Mania and Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong – by Clark, J & Palattella, E. (2017) Rowan & Littlefield

Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America’s Most Shocking Bank Robbery – by Clark, J. & Palattella, E. (2012) Berkley Books: New York

Engendered Death: Pennsylvania Women Who Kill – by Laythe, J. (2011) Lehigh University Press: United Kingdom



Erie bombing ‘victim’ was in on bank robbery –

Erie bomb victim was the dupe in a greedy plan –

Double-crossed –

Jury convicts woman in collar bomb robbery – CBS News

Collar bomb bank robber gets 45 years – CBS News

Pizza delivery man who robbed bank had neck measured for bomb collar – Fox News

New details revealed in ‘pizza collar bomb’ heist – CNN

Collar bomb probe gets weirder – CBS News

Was pizza deliverer a robber or a victim? – USA Today

Hostage to misfortune – The Guardian

Erie”s Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong subject of new book – Erie Times-News

Pizza collar bomb case solved, official says – NBC News

Indictment: bomb victim in on bank plot – USA Today

Erie’s Diehl-Armstrong meets lonely end in Texas – Erie Times-News

Court petition seeks Diehl-Armstrong’s remains – Erie Times-News

Why does the weird find its way to Erie – Erie Times-News

Admitted bank robber has sentence cut for his testimony – Reuters

Pizza man bombing remains odd mystery – Fox News

The Incredible True Story of the Collar Bomb Heist – Wired

Suspect pleads guilty in collar bomb case – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

12th anniversary of Erie pizza bomber case – Your Erie

Truth about US collar bomb robbery remains elusive – BBC

Strange death belies pizza man’s quiet life – The Philadelphia Enquirer

Woman, 68, jailed for bizarre plot to rob bank by attaching bomb to neck of ‘pizza delivery boy’ and blowing him up dies in prison – Daily Mail

Garage searched in bank robbery blast case – Gettysburg Times, p.3. (6 September 2003)

Tool owner denies knowing Erie robber – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, p.33. (7 Sep 2003)

Officials say chaos delayed call to bomb squad after robbery – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, p.10. (8 Sep 2003)

Robbery still unsolved – The Sentinel, p.10. (22 Aug 2004)

One year later, ‘pizza bomber’ is still a puzzle – The Philadelphia Enquirer, p.B06. (23 August 2004)

Feds say they have figured out pizza bomber case – Indiana Gazette, p.3. (17 February 2007)

Attorney: indictment to come soon in bomb case – Indiana Gazette, p.3. (10 July 2007)

Feds says collar bomb victim was part of plot – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, p.1. (11 July 2007)

Elaborate plot is linked to death of pizza man – The Philadelphia Enquirer, p.B06. (12 July 2007)



The deliveryman, Brian Wells



Special Report – The Pizza Bomber – CNN (12 October 2013)



Have they ever talked about Brian Douglas Wells/the collar bomb pizza guy? – Reddit

Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, Petitioner v. United States

Death of Brian Douglas Wells – Wikipedia


Brian Wells – website

Affidavit for search warrant

Documenting Reality Forum

Population Demographics for Erie, Pennsylvania in 2017, 2018

Census and Demographics for Erie

Erie, Pennsylvania

Erie, PA. Demographic Data


Erie County Top 50

GE Transportation Cutting 1,100 Jobs

List of Shrinking Cities in the United States – Wikipedia

Erie Crime

Hidden Erie: Watering trough reminder of another time

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