A Pennsylvania television station turned over to authorities on orders of a court a dramatic videotape of Brian Wells, the Erie, Pa., pizza deliveryman and bank robber who died last week in the explosion of a bomb attached to his neck.
The Erie Times-News says the tape shows wells asking state troopers to uncuff him so he could a lift up the weight of the bomb. “It’s killing my neck,” he is heard saying about five minutes before the fatal explosion. On the video recorded by WJET-TV, Wells is also heard saying, “I didn’t do it,” or, “I didn’t do anything.”
Among Wells’s statements caught in the 2-minute- 22-seconds video:
“Why is it nobody’s trying to get this thing off me?”
“I don’t have a lot of time.”
“He pulled a key out and started a timer. I heard the thing ticking when he did it.”
“It’s gonna go off.”
“I’m not lying.” After this statement, Wells looks at the troopers and shakes his head somewhat slowly from side-to-side.
Also: The New York Times and Washington Post explore the baffling case by profiling loner Wells. Associates, dubious that he concocted the bomb scheme, paint him as an innocent victim.