The Mad Bomber
During the 1940s and 1950s, New York residents were terrorized by the threat of the Mad Bomber. The unknown madman planted homemade bombs in public bathrooms, theaters, phone booths and even on the subway. Overall New York suffered from 33 bombs, of which 22 exploded, injuring 15 people.
The city was struck with terror. Strangers were enemies, and everyone was a suspect. After years of investigations, the mad bomber was captured after he left a series of clues in the hands of the local newspapers. His name was George Peter Metesky, and upon interrogation he was declared to be legally insane. He was committed to a state mental hospital, where he died at the age of 90 in 1994.