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Old 10 March 2004, 09:24
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ELF Punk arrested

Caltech Graduate Student Arrested in SUV Arson, Vandalism Spree (Earth
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Caltech Graduate Student Arrested in SUV Arson, Vandalism Spree

By Greg Risling Associated Press Writer Published: Mar 9, 2004

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California Institute of Technology graduate student was arrested Tuesday in connection with an August arson and vandalism spree targeting 125 sports utility vehicles at four car dealerships, the FBI said. William Cottrell, 23, used an alias when he e-mailed The Los Angeles Times, claiming to be a member of the eco-terrorist group Earth Liberation Front and offering specific details to prove his involvement in the firebombings, the FBI said.

"The FBI hasn't seemed to pick up on any of them (clues), which makes this whole ordeal rather boring for us, the true culprits," one e-mail boasted, the FBI said in an affidavit.

Authorities searched Caltech classrooms and tracked the e-mails to Cottrell, a grad student in the physics department, according to the affidavit. They also seized six computers from the campus.

Cottrell was arrested for investigation of arson and vandalism. He was ordered held without bail at a court hearing. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 40 years in prison, the U.S. attorney's office said.

"The charges are unfounded," defense attorney Stephen Alexander said outside court.

Cottrell's father described his son as bright, hardworking and
somewhat eccentric but incapable of the acts alleged by the government.

"We were hopeful he wouldn't be charged," Dr. William Milnes Cottrell said from his Concord, N.C., home. "We are very unhappy about it. We are still reasonably sure he wasn't a primary agent in this deed."

Prosecutors estimate the total damage was about $2.3 million.

"Those who set fires, like those at the Hummer dealership in West Covina, are misguided zealots," FBI Assistant Director Richard Garcia said in a statement.

The firebombing spree hit four car dealerships and at least four
privately owned vehicles in communities east of Pasadena, where Caltech is located and where Cottrell was arrested.

The West Covina attack destroyed or damaged 72 vehicles, mostly SUVS, and a parts warehouse.

"We are understandably dismayed at the possibility that a Caltech student had any involvement with those acts," said Robert O'Rourke, Caltech's vice president for public relations.
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Old 10 March 2004, 13:15
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Nope,no way,I'm appalled. No rich kid could ever be involved in this behavior. They weren't involved in the SDS,the FALN,Weathermen, '81 Brinks Robbery..nope I don't believe it! Time will tell if the money can buy one's freedom. The perp will open some social program.........and the evoloution begins.
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Old 10 March 2004, 13:23
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"misguided zealots" my half-breed ass! They're punks. They weren't spanked enough as children, they weren't punished in school, and now they have no concept of responsibility. Flog the little bastards.
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Old 10 March 2004, 13:25
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Yup,that's it "misguided"....................my ass!
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Old 10 March 2004, 13:51
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I hope he gets every bit of that 40 years...


Sooner or later the ELF is going to kill somebody, I'm just hoping they start grabbing the idiots that started all the wild fires.
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Old 11 March 2004, 13:29
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"We were hopeful he wouldn't be charged," Dr. William Milnes Cottrell said from his Concord, N.C., home. "We are very unhappy about it. We are still reasonably sure he wasn't a primary agent in this deed."
The father knows his son was involved, his belief seems to be his son wasn't the only one and may not have done the arson.
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Old 13 March 2004, 22:52
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Re: ELF Punk arrested

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"We are understandably dismayed at the possibility that a Caltech student had any involvement with those acts," said Robert O'Rourke, Caltech's vice president for public relations.
Note - - NOT "dismayed" with the acts, just the possibility that a Caltech student might be involved.

'60's Socialist bastards - - now "educating" a new generation


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Old 16 March 2004, 22:36
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Re: Re: ELF Punk arrested

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[B'60's Socialist bastards - - now "educating" a new generation
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You're right, of course, that kind of garbage has to be taught...Usually by soeone who's been there and done that.

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