Friday, November 30, 2007

hostage -- Clinton campaign office

Today, the Hillary Clinton Campaign Office in Rochester, NH became a crime scene. A man walked into the office on 28 N. Main St. saying that he had a bomb strapped to his chest. He also claimed to have mental health problems and that it would cost thousands of dollars to help him.

Leeland Eisenberg, a 47-year-old from nearby Somersworth, NH took those at the Clinton Campaign Office hostage, but let out a woman and her baby. That women ended up contacting the police. The SWAT team arived and another hostage was let free.

After more than 5 hours, the last of the four hostages was let go before Eisenberg came out of the office with his hands in the air and gave himself up to police and he is now in custody.

In a later press conference, Sen. Clinon said "it was a tense day." She also said that Eisenberg "was someone in need of help and sought attention in absolutely the wrong way."

Along with his mental health issues, Eisenberg was said to have had problems with his wife and family. She had filled for divorce stated ireconsilable differences. She along with neighbors said that he had a problem with alcohol and drugs. One neighbors also said "it was only a matter of time."

The bomb that was supposedly strapped to his chest were actually flares.

New York Presbetarian Hospital's Dr. Jeffrey Leiberman stated 3 reasons that people take hostages:

  • loss of a job

  • bad luck that they don't know how to deal with

  • mental issues

On another note, daredevil Evel Knievel passed away today at the age of 69. Many grew up wanting to be like him, many who are a lot older than I am. However, I too would have loved to be like him if my parents had only been willing to buy me a bike. Oh well.

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