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The image remains chilling nearly eight years later: a pizza deliveryman sitting cross-legged on the pavement with a homemade bomb clamped around his neck, surrounded by nervous police who crouch behind their cars.

“Why isn’t anybody trying to get this thing off me?” he shouts to the dozens of officers nearby.

But before a bomb squad can arrive, the device goes off, killing 46-year-old Brian Wells.

In the agonizing minutes before his death on August 28, 2003, Wells told police the bomb had been fastened to his body by people who ordered him to rob a bank and follow a detailed checklist before it would be disarmed — instructions that amounted to a twisted scavenger hunt.

Source: Drew Griffin and David Fitzpatrick for CNN.

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