CRIME: The La Guardia Blast: 'My God It Was Terrible!'

Just as the new year was about to begin, just when Americans were hurrying home to celebrate, the searing instant of destruction occurred, with no warning and no explanation. It turned New York City's La Guardia Airport into a bloody ruin, killed eleven people and injured 51 others. Appalled by the act, President Gerald Ford ordered an immediate study by federal officials to try to prevent such tragedies from happening again (see box). There was immediate speculation that some terrorist group must be involved, and that what has come to seem a...

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