April 1, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson in Domestic Extremism

NEW YORK CITY, [NY]--“I don’t like to think that I contributed to people being killed,” William Powell once said, wrestling with what he had wrought as a disaffected 19-year-old when he hunkered down with military manuals and revolutionary writings and compiled “The Anarchist Cookbook.” His volume — a guide to drugs, booby traps, sabotage, hand-to-hand combat and explosives — entered circulation in 1971 and reportedly sold more than 2 million copies. Still in print, and accessible online in PDF form, the book has been linked in recent years to the perpetrators of crimes including the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., and the 2011 Tucson shooting that wounded then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). Mr. Powell, who has died at 66, ultimately renounced his book, which he described as a “misguided product of my adolescent anger at the prospect of being drafted and sent to Vietnam to fight in a war that I did not believe in.” He became an educator, working in schools around the world. View More>>

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