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Post by Seagull on January 5th 2016, 12:15 pm

Thoresen was familiar with bombs.  In 1964 he, with a couple of accomplices, set off a series of bombs ostensibly to frighten a DJ he knew at a local Tucson radio station.  These explosions were increasingly more powerful, eventually shattering windows and being heard up to 10 miles away from where the blast occurred.  They were done near the radio station in an area that was a dump site for county construction.  Aside from the shattered windows and shattered nerves there was no damage done.  The incident was largely written off as a "boys will be boys" prank.

Thoresen was adept at deflecting any blame that might come his way.  If he could not verbally  weasel his way out of a bad situation there was usually a pay-off made, mostly by his father but occasionally by himself.

This bombing incident was no different in that respect.  Richard W. White, one of his accomplices, ended up taking the blame for the whole incident.  Louise, Thoresen's wife, says in her book It Gave Everybody Something To Do that White was paid off to retract his statement to LE that Thoresen was the motivator behind the bombings.










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Post by ophion1031 on January 5th 2016, 10:54 pm

Wow that's a lot of articles! Thanks for sharing them.

I thought White initially gave Thoresen's name to police but later took the blame himself because he was scared Thoresen would hurt or kill him. I could be wrong but I thought I read that before.

Wasn't the DJ a friend of Thoresen that he was just trying to scare? I think that's what it said in Louise's book. Not that it matters. Friend or not, it's still illegal.

Even if Thoresen had nothing to do with the Zodiac case, I still think he murdered Valerie Percy and Judith Mae Anderson and Dale Stoddard. I have enjoyed learning about this guy but I think there are a lot of things about him that nobody will ever know.
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Post by ophion1031 on June 1st 2016, 8:48 pm

Something similar to this that I found was an article about a kid in Tucson that had reported to police that a wealthy Tucson man had offered him money to go to Chicago and... well, I forget the exact details. The kid was scared of Thoresen so he didn't give his name to police. This was after the Valerie Percy murder, but I don't recall the date or exact details. I can't remember if he said he was offered money to murder Valerie or someone else in the Percy home. It reminds me of this kid who wouldn't testify against Thoresen in the dynamite case.
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Post by Rocketman on June 4th 2016, 7:24 pm

ophion1031 wrote:Something similar to this that I found was an article about a kid in Tucson that had reported to police that a wealthy Tucson man had offered him money to go to Chicago and... well, I forget the exact details. The kid was scared of Thoresen so he didn't give his name to police. This was after the Valerie Percy murder, but I don't recall the date or exact details. I can't remember if he said he was offered money to murder Valerie or someone else in the Percy home. It reminds me of this kid who wouldn't testify against Thoresen in the dynamite case.

Where did you see that? I don't remember reading that on here.
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Post by ophion1031 on June 14th 2016, 7:42 pm

It was in a newspaper article. I'm pretty sure it is posted on here somewhere.
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Post by Rocketman on June 19th 2016, 8:26 pm

ophion1031 wrote:It was in a newspaper article. I'm pretty sure it is posted on here somewhere.

I looked but did not see it posted anywhere.
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Post by ophion1031 on June 29th 2016, 1:57 am

Rocketman wrote:
ophion1031 wrote:It was in a newspaper article. I'm pretty sure it is posted on here somewhere.

I looked but did not see it posted anywhere.

I can't find it either. I'm pretty sure I posted it, but maybe not. I know for a fact that I had read it in a newspaper article though.
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Post by Muttley on July 5th 2016, 9:30 pm

Let me get this straight just so I understand. Thoresen was the one lighting the dynamite outside of the Tucson radio station and the younger kid who was his accomplice ended up taking the blame because he was too scared to testify against Thoresen? And some time later another younger man claimed that a man (are you sure it was Thoresen?) in Tucson had offered money to go to Chicago to kill Valerie Percy?
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Post by ophion1031 on July 9th 2016, 10:35 pm

Muttley wrote:Let me get this straight just so I understand. Thoresen was the one lighting the dynamite outside of the Tucson radio station and the younger kid who was his accomplice ended up taking the blame because he was too scared to testify against Thoresen? And some time later another younger man claimed that a man (are you sure it was Thoresen?) in Tucson had offered money to go to Chicago to kill Valerie Percy?

I don't remember where I read about the kid in Tucson that said a man offered him money to kill Valerie Percy. It could have been in some FBI files or a newspaper article, I really don't recall. I know for a fact that is what I read though. It definitely fits with all I know about Thoresen.
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Post by ophion1031 on January 5th 2017, 2:35 am

I wish I could track down Richard W. White (assuming he is still alive), but that is such a common name... it would be cool to talk to him about Thoresen and the dynamite pranks and see if maybe he knew of Thoresen supposedly offering money to another young man in Tucson to murder Valerie Percy.

Also worth noting is that Thoresen and White were lighting the dynamite at the corner of 18th St And Cherry Ave.
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Post by Sick E. Von Brutal on April 4th 2017, 8:03 pm

ophion1031 wrote:I wish I could track down Richard W. White (assuming he is still alive), but that is such a common name... it would be cool to talk to him about Thoresen and the dynamite pranks and see if maybe he knew of Thoresen supposedly offering money to another young man in Tucson to murder Valerie Percy.

Also worth noting is that Thoresen and White were lighting the dynamite at the corner of 18th St And Cherry Ave.

nice coincidence. I will be in Tucson next week so if you want me to take pics of any locations while I am there just let me know
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