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It was about a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26, , when Bob Vinson, who supervised the graveyard shift at Harvey's Wagon Wheel Casino in.


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In this archived video from August , a bomb disguised as a machine blew apart Harvey's Resort Hotel in an extortion plot by John Birges.


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In this archived video from August , a bomb disguised as a machine blew apart Harvey's Resort Hotel in an extortion plot by John Birges.


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It was about a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26, , when Bob Vinson, who supervised the graveyard shift at Harvey's Wagon Wheel Casino in.


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In a bomb was placed in Harvey's Casino Lake Tahoe for ransom by two or three people, possibly a father and son. The bomb went off.


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Harveys Lake Tahoe is a hotel and casino located in Stateline, Nevada. It has rooms and in , the same year the trademark "Wagon Wheel" was replaced on the story tower with "Harvey's bombing changed casinos forever".


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John Birges Sr. was convicted of having made the bomb, and wanted to extort money from the casino after having lost $, there. He later died in prison in​.


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John Birges Sr. was convicted of having made the bomb, and wanted to extort money from the casino after having lost $, there. He later died in prison in​.


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Released after eight and a half years, he was recaptured in November while fighting Soviet forces in his hometown, Kecskemet. Have something to add to this story? After much deliberation, Gross, who had started the casino in as a cabin with a blackjack table and a couple of slot machines, reluctantly consented. The new boyfriend called the FBI, provided the tip, and agents mobilized and set up a complex surveillance project ending in the arrest John Birges Jr. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} However, he unequivocally acquired and honed pilot skills while fighting Soviet forces occupying his native Hungary. Debris was everywhere. Birges Sr. No one was injured and in fact many of the onlookers in proximity cheered loudly, toasting bottles and reveling. Born in Hungary in , Birges Sr. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He divorced his wife in , but she lived in a trailer on Birges Sr. In October , Birges Sr. Birges Jr. That action inadvertently activated one of the many triggers attached to the bomb, puncturing a crater in the side of the casino as onlookers cheered. John Birges Jr. Yet, on that day, explosive experts with scant confidence and no illusions asked Harvey Gross permission to attempt to render the device safe, while apprising the owner of the likelihood of failure. No Comments. An investigator examines the Harveys bomb, which contained nearly 1, pounds of dynamite and a variety of triggering mechanisms that made it virtually undefeatable, photo courtesy the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The bomb squad, holed up in an empty room on the second floor of the deserted casino on the morning of August 27, , more than 24 hours after the bomb was discovered, engaged in some rigorous problem-solving exercises. The effort proved unsuccessful: The device detonated 33 hours after it was planted when agents failed to neutralize the triggering mechanism. In June , Birges Sr. On August 15, , almost a year after planting the bomb, Birges Sr. The van registration information led investigators to John Birges Jr. At 74, Birges Sr. The explosion occurred at about p. Soviet military captured Birges Sr. Share it in the comments. The FBI interviewed suspects and hundreds of witnesses over the next several weeks. They were eventually convicted and served time in federal prison. Officials later identified the three men as John Birges Sr. After authorities evacuated Harveys Casino and the surrounding area, experts attempted to disarm the bomb, but their efforts were unsuccessful and the bomb exploded, photo courtesy the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Cancel reply. That winter, he casually informed his sons he planned to build a bomb to extort money from the casino that was becoming the repository of all his earnings. Sprung three days later by fellow revolutionaries, he journeyed west across Europe as a Red Cross interpreter. When the couple broke up, the woman began dating another man and disclosed that Birges Sr. Matthew Renda is a Nevada City—based writer. At about p. In a memoir, John Birges Jr. He and his wife had two sons, John Waldo Jr. They quickly secured work with a California corporation, and Birges Sr. Meanwhile, the culprits bungled their way onto the road of suspicion, capture and incarceration. A dramatic case ensued, with local, state and federal law enforcement officials working against the clock to defuse the bomb. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}About 20 minutes later, a graveyard shift slot manager contacted casino security after noticing the tampered locks and the large device. Due to ineptitude likely on Birges Sr.