Criminal logo

Ted, Americas second serial bomber

He was a military veteran

By Lawrence Edward HincheePublished 2 years ago 4 min read
A funny song about dropping bombs

Two months after the una-bomber was arrested there was a suspicious package found in the lobby of the Poff Federal Building in Downtown Roanoke, VA. It was in a brown box wrapped in similar packaging to what Ted was known to have used. This had to be a copy cat crime otherwise, Ted being in prison was a lie. The building was evacuated immediately through alternative methods. The SWAT team was called in and VMI sent in their bomb disposal units. After several hours of work they had the bombs defused and everyone could return to work, Those who felt unsafe could go home for the rest of the day.

After Ted the United States was on edge as could be expected and anything in any suspicious package was reported and disposed of by police. A lot of packages in plain brown boxes from home were destroyed because a neighbor reported it as suspicious. We were suffering from what is known as the Ted effect.

One day it was reported that the President of the United States received an unopened brown box addressed to him. They called the secret service, who called for a bomb disposal expert and they evacuated the white house. The entire white house was placed on lock down until the bomb was defused. Two days after the White House received a brown box that was suspicious so did the defense department. The only difference was this man wasn't writing the press like the last idiot was, which kept law enforcement off his trail a while longer.

After the defense department there were no more bombs sent for three months. Why did he stop? Had the man been caught? Or was he dead? This question the FBI and ATF was asking themselves frequently. Then one day two bombs went off at the same time, it was a signature of the new bomber they were calling Ted number 2 by now. He blew up a post office and a city hall in a small town. The next location he placed three bombs and they were all set for the same time of 1700, one was at the Sears Tower, Wrigley Field and Soldier Field. As usual no one saw or heard anything unusual. There were no witnesses.

The next week he planted three bombs, one at Central Station, Trump Tower, and the Twin Towers. Two out of the three were intercepted before they could explode. On one the FBI got what they though was a useable fingerprint from one of the bombs. It turned out to be the person who sold the device and he couldn't remember who it was. Those items aren't subject to a background check. The FBI brought in a profiler to help them determine the psychological profile of the individual committing these acts. Terror is now gripping the United States again and it is about to get even worse with even more blood shed.

Ted takes his travels westward to California. He is in San Diego and has made five bombs the most he has made yet. Late on a Sunday night he put three bombs inside of a Junior High School, One at baggage claim at the airport and one at the zoo. All detonations are scheduled to go off at nine am, Ted is anxiously hiding to watch his handy work. Just like clockwork the bombs go off at the school killing fifty-percent of the students about two hundred, it kills twenty at the zoo and thirty at baggage claim. Now Ted had made the top of America's Most Wanted Poster. People have got their guns out and are going hunting for Mr. Ted.

Ted decided he had enough fun in California so he headed to Washington to hang out. He figured there were plenty of bleeding hearts that would support his cause and he was right. There he met even more people crazier than him who wanted to do even more, but Ted decided he would remain a one man show while taking on all the extra help that was willing. In Seattle he placed a bomb at the Space Needle, SEaTac, and FBI field offices there. His next stop was Salt Lake City. His targets there were the airport, an apartment complex and a bar. He spent the night in Salt Lake that night and on the day of destruction was seen heading east on I70 towards Denver.

A week later, there were reports of bombs placed at Union Station in Denver, CO, One at Coors Field, One at Mile High Stadium and two at The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. Ted kept up his bombing spree for three years, until one day he went to let off a bomb and it exploded in his face, thus killing him. Ted was named after his father Teddy James Underwood, JR. He was an explosives and demolitions expert in the Army. He had PTSD so severe that he felt like he was going out of his mind. His wife told authorities Ted stopped staking his medications moths ago and he started to spiral out of control. After all his rage and destruction over several months. Finally, he constructed a bomb that would take his very own life. His family and friends were shocked to learn of his death. They were also shocked to learn of his double life. Ted was given a full military funeral and his wife his flag.

The FBI gave a press conference explaining everything about this case and Ted. They said no further suspects were being sought at this time as there weren't any more bomb threats being called in. The reporters had hundreds of questions and the FBI did their best to answer them all and move on.


About the Creator

Lawrence Edward Hinchee

I am a new author. I wrote my memoir Silent Cries and it is available on I am new to writing and most of my writing has been for academia. I possess an MBA from Regis University in Denver, CO. I reside in Roanoke, VA.

Reader insights

Be the first to share your insights about this piece.

How does it work?

Add your insights


There are no comments for this story

Be the first to respond and start the conversation.

Sign in to comment

    Find us on social media

    Miscellaneous links

    • Explore
    • Contact
    • Privacy Policy
    • Terms of Use
    • Support

    © 2023 Creatd, Inc. All Rights Reserved.