Notes By Bomb Suspect Were ‘Outlines For Novels’

TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 1995

Doodle-covered notes found in the home of a man accused of firebombing a subway train were outlines for science-fiction novels, not plans for a terror campaign, the man’s lawyer said.

“They were two outlines for novels,” said Stephen Murphy, the attorney for Edward Leary.

Leary, of Scotch Plains, N.J., and 47 others were injured in the Dec. 21 explosion.

Leary’s wife, Marge Shaller, said last week that police had misidentified glass canning jars as potential bomb components.

Doodles of frowning faces and bullet-riddled bodies covered the notes, which described plans for a “terror box” that would be planted in a subway station and detonated by three hidden video cameras.

Details about the notes were first reported Sunday by New York Newsday.

Murphy confirmed the existence of the notes Sunday, but said the unidentified police sources cited by Newsday had misrepresented them.

One, 15 pages long, was written “years ago” and sketched a “hightech suspense thriller,” Murphy told reporters at New York HospitalCornell Medical Center. Leary remains in the burn unit there, in serious and stable condition.

As for the “terror box,” Murphy said: “It’s completely unrealistic … it’s a box the size of a room” and would require a truck to move.

Leary has denied he’s the bomber.


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