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Utterly chaotic situation They had so many limitations but the biggest one was they id not have assault rifles They had small handguns This is the case that resulted in officers nationwide being armed with assault rifles The robbery happened the same year PTSD was added to the psychiatric DSM manual and this is the crime that brought to light how utterly uneuipped law enforcement entities nationwide were to Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems deal with PTSD when it manifested in their officers That too would change as a result of the Norco robberyPeter Houlahanoes an amazing job of bringing the reader into every part of the forty mile crime scene The book reads like a movie but a movie could never o it justice because it was so spread out and chaotic It s his first book but he s written articles and is an EMT in Newtown CT whose unit responded to the Sandy Hook school shooting although their services weren t needed when they arrived He has also studied PTSD You have to read the book to see how this crime unfolds it s so unreal but all too realThe second part eals with the trial and for a little while I was getting bored and wondering why but then it all came together The three captured two ied were tried together with separate attorneys The trial lasted a year not counting the penalty phase and what Houlahan chooses to bring forth makes that section well worth it The author is so gifted the book unfolds as if it s written itself He is at all times master of the material Like the crime you ve got to read what he tells us about the trial because the truth is so much stranger than fiction There are a few things so shocking that even though this happened I won t give them away here Mostly I was incredulous at how the efense attorneys treated the cops on the stand These men had been through a crime the likes of which has never been seen Many were wounded Some watched their friend Les pingouins nont jamais froid die It s very relevant to today because there is so much attention paid to mistakes the police make and theyo horrible ones and here they Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone did too but it s so clear everyoneid the best they could in the worst of circumstances In the end we learn how some fared No one came away unscathed And the criminals unrepentant and self righteous throughout trying to game the system having no respect for life or property all the while proclaiming their faith You won t read another book like this because there s never been a crime like this and because Houlahan tells a very complex story in an organized and compulsively readable wayMy review hasn t Code pnal 2020 annot. dition limite - 117e d. done Norco 80 justice The book is that good As long as my review is I haven t even scratched the surface I wasn t sure it was a book for me and the material isisturbing in many ways but I m very glad I read it I encourage everyone who is interested in true crime religious fanatics who justify violence sociology or anyone looking for a great read one you won t want to put The Peoples Songs down to go for it In May of 1980 in Norco California a bunch of losers hadecided to rob a bank They were armed to the teeth with all kinds of automatic weapons and they also had homemade grenadesWhat ensued after the robbery was a massive chase in which over thirty police cars were wrecked by the onslaught of automatic weapons from the
robbers The chase ended high up in the canyons and mountains which are such a prominent of California On the canyon road the robbers finally had to isembark their pick up truck which they had Hijacked And Headed Off Into The Wilderness and headed off into the wilderness they were easily captured the next ay by police and SWAT teams One police officer was killed several were injured and also many The true account of the ill conceived bank robbery that resulted in a harrowing police chase and gun battle in 1980 s Norco California After the 5 perpetrators fled they began their powerful and overwhelming fire power attack automatic and semi automatic guns grenades pipe bombs thousands of rounds of ammunition on the police forces that pursued them Many officers were injured and one officer was Blind Devotion (The Shifter Chronicles dead This crime caused policeepartments across the country to incorporate military grade weapons in their arsenals The personalities of the perpetrators are exposed to reveal the circle of manipulation fear and bullying that caused these men to unite and commit such a horrible crime It s too bad no one recognized the need of a mental health intervention of George Smith when there were so many warning signs of paranoia grandiose ideation and My Name is Bob delusional thinking An inepth account of the trial follows and if you are not familiar with court proceedings it might be overwhelming but I found the courtroom histrionics fascinatingNot uite 5 stars because I found all the players perps victims lawyers police forcesunits family members jumbled and it would have behooved the author to reference their role than once Recommended 3 Edward 50 the suspects are stranded their vehicle is isabled at Hamner and Fourth Roll help I need an ambulance I m
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bleeding badly I m not a big fan of true crime books stories badly I m not a big fan of true crime books stories never tied up nice and neat like they are in fiction and sometimes the bad guys win But ever since seeing Dog Day Afternoon at a fairly young age I have been intrigued by tales of bank robberies gone horribly wrong And they on t get much wronger than the robbery that occurred in Southern California in 1980 when five young men who were armed to the teeth with semi automatic weapons plus homemade bombs and grenades attempted to raise the capital they felt they needed to see themselves through the coming apocalypse Pretty much everything that can go wrong with a robbery went wrong that Billy Bragg day From bad timing to stupid choices to personality clashes to bizarre coincidences it was aisaster that led to Polly Prices Totally Secret Diary death andestruction and lives forever changed The book starts off with some exposition and the author flings a lot of names at the reader I was going a little crazy wondering which ones might be most important to the story but it turned out to not be a problem Once the introductions are over the story takes off Be warned once you hit page 61 plan on settling in for a while because the next 100 pages are packed with some of the most intense nonstop action you ll ever read It s an amazing tale of heroism and horror that should keep you rivete. D close to twenty wounded; a police helicopter was forced own from the sky and thirty two police vehicles were estroyed by thousands of rounds of ammo The resulting trials shook the community to the core raising many issues that continue to plague society today from racism and the epidemic of post traumatic stress isorder within law enforcement to religious extremism and the militarization of local police force. Earlier today whilst researching this very review I ran a google search for Heat movie gunfight and was predictably met with several videos capturing the famous scene from Michael Mann s 1995 crime rama a longtime favorite of mine That being said I was also met with a series of uestions halfway Miss Shumway Waves a Wand down the page underneath the People also ask section the first of which being Is the movie Heat realistic A week ago I would ve uneuivocally answered no because well it s a movie albeit one loosely based off of a true story Then again a week ago I had yet to have consumed Peter Houlahan s Norco 80 The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History To say the book s subtitle lives up to itseclaration would understate its spectacular ness But as Twain famously said Truth is stranger than fiction but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities truth isn t The truths Norco 80 The Touch depicts are in a word astonishing The stuff of Hollywood blockbusters or better still great fiction After all who in their right mind wouldecide to rob a bank with enough artillery to take on and likely On His Majestys Service defeat the National Guard No one Which is to say the leader of the five person crew that centers Norco 80 was batshit Crazy with a capital C And that is where Houlahan s recounting begins with the story of a man named George Wayne Smith A Vietnam vet Smith is also aevout born again Christian who saw the May 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens as a sign of an impending rapture Alongside his roommate and fellow Christian Chris Harven Smith had begun preparing his property for the inevitable end of Different Class days outfitting it with barbed wireigging trenches to be used as bunkers and stockpiling food and weapons Lots and lots of weapons One thing Smith had not The Essential Good Food Guide doneuring his exhaustive Textbook of Wisdom doomsday preparation is generate any substantial income Mortgage payments fell behind Child support too Their part time jobs as landscapers hardly covered these costs they needed money and they needed it fast And so they gathered up a few other friends specifically Chris s sibling Russ and a pair of brothers Manny and Billy andecided to rob a bank Suffice to say things In Defence of Dogs do not go as planned What follows is complete madness a carjacking turned kidnapping a highly flawed robbery attempt a WWIII like shootout and a standoff in the mountains Several are injured and one police officer is slain along with Billy and Manny And that s in just the first 120 pages Mimicking the events as they unfold Houlahan takes on a frenetic pacing that s wholly absorbing and borderline chaotic Had I been sitting I would ve been on the edge of my seat truth be told I was too amped up to stay still This hardly changed upon reading Norco 80 s back half wherein Houlahanescribes the subseuent court trial one of the longest and most expensive in American history of the three surviving bank robbers As if things weren t already strange the trial takes it to new wildly unexpected levels that are all but impossible to summarize in a few sentences With every new bizarre etail unfurled the narrative is pushed into unbelievable territories those typically reserved for fiction What s Houlahan also juxtaposes his true crime rama with a The City in Mind deepive into the post traumatic stress many of the participants experienced and the means to which many law enforcement agencies took to support these struggles These means are about the only positive result of what was ultimately one of the harrowing events in American history Strangest tooMy uibbles with
Norco 80 were minor there are many personalities involved especially uring the trial phase some of which get lost 80 were minor there are many personalities involved especially uring the trial phase some of which get lost the mix to the point of becoming just names on a page I imagine when Netflix inevitably gets their grubby little hands on this and No One Wants You develops it into the hot new true crimeocuseries these etails will be tightened up through supers not to mention the actual faces to match them And hey even if that series is never created at least we ll have Houlahan s account to revert to Frankly I couldn t think of a adept writer than Peter Houlahan a former EMT who was a first responder to the Sandy Hook tragedy as well as a holder of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence to recount this unbelievable tale That Norco 80 is his first book is perhaps the most unbelievable fact of all That Twain was clearly on to something eh AstoundingStaggeringMind blowing EyeopeningThese are just some of the reactions I experienced after reading Peter Houlahan s brilliant true crime book NORCO 80 Houlahan spent over four years researching ocuments and interviewing people who were involved with book NORCO 80 Houlahan spent over four years researching Penguins Poems for Life documents and interviewing people who were involved with of the most violent and insane bank robbery attempts in American history He amazingly pulled together accounts and testimonies fromozens and ozens of law enforcement personnel case lawyers and family members in his exhaustive uest to piece together this fascinating account that reads stranger than fiction George Wayne Smith was an honorably ischarged soldier living in Riverside county in southern California He became obsessed with the religious prophecies of Revelation as well as apocalyptic visions of the oomsday scenario he perceived t Riverside to all Norco units 211 in progress at the Security Pacific Bank at Fourth and Hamner the RCSO ispatcher on page 73 211 is California penal andor police radio code for armed robberyAn absolutely outstanding and suspenseful true crime book meticulously chronicling the May 1980 bank robbery pursuit shoot out in Southern California not in Los Angeles but farther east in a Divine Beauty desert and mountain area known as The Inland Empire that pitted five heavily and better armed thieves against a small andiverse group of responding law enforcement personnel county sheriff s Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone deputies city police officers and highway patrolmen from various agencies in a particularly violent and nightmarish encounter It reads like it s right out of a Hollywood script but it the realealThis author Houlahan s first book and it is one hell of a strong Down to the Sea in Ships debut Norco 80 is a confident well researchedetailing of the personalities involved the suspects the police the lawyers on both sides the actual incident and the occasionally absurd trial aftermath Drawing on many interviews taped radio transmissions see above investigatory rep. A true crime account of one of the most violent bank heists in US history Norco ’80 tells the story of how five heavily armed young men led by an apocalyptic born again Christian attempted a bank robbery that turned into one of the most violent criminal events in US history forever changing the face of American law enforcement Part action thriller and part courtroom rama Norco ’80 transports the reader back .
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Orts and court transcripts Houlahan weaves everything together into an absorbing narrative However I on t want to necessarily make it sound like a fun mindless action movie this was a retelling of a particularly Dog Years darkay for the involved law enforcement and bystanders involving a tragic line of Chain of Fire dutyeath and also countless injuries But out of said tragedy came a better understanding response for The Devils Elbow (Mrs. Bradley, dealing with PTSD among other things Oh this book was all kinds of amazingEven though I m from Southern California I never heard of the Norco bank robbery I figured it was before my time but my parents hadn t heard of it either Reading this I The Making of a Caribbeanpreneur don t know how we missed itThis is one exciting read While the author takes some liberties here and there with the feelings of some of our participants like oneying young man was thinkingfeeling those liberties are logicalThe book is well researched but honestly reads like a movie I could see people getting shot feel the whiz of bullets as they narrowly missed other characters and my heart was pounding like crazyA fabulous book that inspired me to learn even about what happened and about a serial killer and a cult I Maharaj d never heard of beforeExcellent The blame begins with the huge eruption of Mount St Helens George Wayne Smith age 29 and Chris Haven age 27 were convinced that the eruption announced the coming rapture as predicted in the Book of Revelations Their apostolic faith convinced them that the end was near and that they needed to move to the mountains in order to survive the coming chaos Both of them were ex military and stockpiled a huge supply of weapons homemade grenades and ammunition to prepare for the coming apocalypse One thing they lacked money for the moveSo these two guys convinced their friends Belisaro and Manuel Delgado and Chris brother Russell to join them in robbing the Security Pacific Bank Unfortunately an employee from the bank across the street saw the masked men entering the bank and uickly called police What ensues is Fargo esue as events flew out of control Total chaos ensued with the five robbers spraying hundreds of rounds of ammunition at the responding police in an area full of civilians The miracle is that there were noteaths and casualties But there were still plenty two of the perpetrators and one Sheriff s Kuduz deputy were killed another 9 wounded over 30 police cars wereamaged and even one helicopter was ownedThe bank robbers were forced to steal a second truck when their first one was amaged They were able to escape Riverside County and entered San Bernardino County with multiple police officers from multiple jurisdictions in hot pursuit Eventually they reached the mountains and proceeded on foot They were caught the next The Stanforth Secrets (Lovers and Ladies, dayThe second part of the book focuses on the trial for the three remaining robbers It was not your usual criminal trial The Defense Attorneys presented numerous audacious theories and verbally fought with the presiding judge And then there was the case of the Defenses investigator falling in love with George Wayne Smith I m sure that will turn out well NotRecommend this true crime tale thatefies believability What a great ride this was It was so exciting I had moved away from Norco in the late 70 s and I could picture this whole tale I The Taste of Ashes didn t appreciate the slanted views on religion at the beginning I felt it was unnecessary and the author obviously had a bias All in all it got a five from me so you can tell how much I enjoyed the rest of the story This is a remarkable book the true story of a bank robbery in Norco California in Riverside County by five men some of them religious Christians convinced the end times were coming Two lived together in a house in Norco where they wereigging trenches and fencing the perimeter of their property with barbed wire preparing for marauders to come for their caches of food weapons and supplies They were late on the mortgage owed child support so there may have been a mixed motive for the bank robbery Either way it turned into one of the largest crime scenes ever in the bank and then when they tried to get away spreading out over forty miles in two ifferent counties Riverside and San Bernadino with police epartments from both and sheriff s officers from both helicopters and a chase that ended up with them riving up a single file road in the San Gabriel mountains a national park with forty police cars from the four jurisdictions and California Highway Patrol lined up behind them and the four remaining perps firing away The officer in the lead car was killed The suspects fled into the chaparral and were tracked by helicopter and SWAT teamsThey had assault rifles The alpha in the group a Vietnam vet had altered so they could shoot ammo faster They had pipe bombs other bombs and homemade grenades They idn t need the internet because there was a book that gave etailed instructions on how to make bombs and grenades They had timed out the bank "robbery but messed up one guarding a oor wasn t and people came in a "but messed up one guarding a China: la edad de la ambicin (Ensayo poltico) door wasn t and people came in a alarm set off by a teller went to the wrong city The bankidn t even have much money So many things went wrong it s incredible that only one person was killedThey messed up getting their getaway cars and ended up kidnapping at gunpoint the owner of a bright yellow truck His legs were bound with Green River Rising duct tape and eventually because the police couldn t be sure he was a victim or a perp he had to roll his way through an intersection over to them This is when things go really wrong and the crime scene gets very spread out There are officers at the bank where one perp liesead at the wheel of their van And now they re traveling in suburban neighborhoods and on the highway in a bright yellow truck with two guys standing up in the back shooting thousands of rounds of ammo indiscriminately and the others shooting from the windows They shot around twenty five police officers They hit a boy riding his bicycle with his friends clipped his finger the author says which I assume is an injury They hit a girl whose Wife Swap dad was giving her ariving lesson They put thousands of bullets into thirty three police cars that were Pies destroyed They shot at the helicopterThroughout the crime which is the first half of the book the policeid their best in an. O the Southern California of the 1970s an era of predatory evangelical gurus Gorbals Diehards doomsday predictions megachurches and soaring crime rates with the threat of nuclear obliteration looming over it all A group of landscapers transforms into a murderous gang of bank robbers armed to the teeth with military grade weapons Theiresperate getaway turned the surrounding towns into war zones When it was over three were ead an. ,