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Brian Douglas Wells (November 15, 1956 – August 28, 2003) was an American man who died after becoming involved in a complex plot involving a bank robbery, a scavenger hunt and a homemade explosive device. Wells was killed when an explosive collar detonated while he was surrounded by police in his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania. The collar had been forcibly locked onto his neck as part of the plot. The crime was investigated by a task force led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Pennsylvania State Police, and was described as "one of the most complicated and bizarre crimes in the annals of the FBI".[1] The law enforcement investigators concluded that Wells was a knowing participant in the bank robbery, but did not know that his co-conspirators intended to let him die. Wells' family argues he was not a willing participant, adding to the significant attention the story has garnered in the mass media.


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