Croatian separatists who planted a bomb in Grand Central Terminal and hijacked TWA Flight 355 in 1976; a series of abortion clinic bombings in the 1980s; the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995; the Columbine High School massacre in 1999; the 7/7 London bombings; the 2011 Tucson shooting targeting U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords; the Boston Marathon bombing; and the Aurora shooting in 2012 during The Dark Knight Rises.The list in the film is longer than the summary above. Powell seemed especially disturbed when he first heard about the school shooting involving Karl Pierson. On December 13, 2013, Pierson, an 18-year-old student, entered the Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado (down the road from Columbine), armed with a shotgun, a machete, three Molotov cocktails, and 125 rounds of ammunition. He requested to see the school librarian, who was also the coach of the school debate team. The shooter's demotion on the team was a contributing motive to the shooting. One student was shot in the head and died eight days later. The shooter attempted to start a fire with one of the devices he had carried with him and then shot himself in the head.
Joe Redmond, who at one time was a co-captain on the team with the suspected gunman, Karl Pierson, said that Pierson had been reading The Anarchist Cookbook....
It was William Powell's and Frank Edwards’ publisher, the maverick Lyle Stuart, who died of a heart attack at his home in Fort Lee, New Jersey, on the significant date of June 24, 2006. (Fort Lee is the former home of the late ufologist satirist James Moseley, btw. Obviously, merely another "coincidence.")
Few in the mainstream press made much of the date upon which Lyle Stuart died, or the fact that some of his first works published were not the books (like The Anarchist Cookbook) discussed in the obituaries, but tomes on Fortean wonders, Bigfoot, and flying saucers. But I remembered.
The New York Times’ more standard Lyle Stuart obituary, by Anthony Ramirez, for June 26, 2006, is partially recorded here, deals with The Anarchist Cookbook immediately:
Lyle Stuart, a renegade journalist and publisher whose picaresque life included clashes with Walter Winchell, the publication of Naked Came the Stranger and the decision to print The Anarchist Cookbook, died on Saturday [June 24, 2006] at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, N.J. He was 83 and lived in Fort Lee, N.J.
The cause of death was a heart attack, said his wife, Carole.
In his first career as a journalist in the 1940’s and 50’s, Mr. Stuart clashed with the powerful columnist Walter Winchell and supported Fidel Castro. In his second, as a publisher, he was notorious for The Anarchist Cookbook. Written by William Powell, the book, which included instructions on making bombs and homemade silencers for pistols, was first released in 1970 at the height of antiwar and anti-establishment protests. Web sites inspired by the book are still proliferating.
Mr. Stuart published the book against his own staff’s wishes. "I liked it, but nobody else did – and of course no other publisher would touch it," he told an interviewer in 1978. In 2000, the author, Mr. Powell, told The Observer of London that he disavowed the book, written when he was 19; later, in an open letter on Amazon.com, he called it "a misguided product of my adolescent anger at the prospect of being drafted." But Mr. Stuart, who held the copyright, continued to publish it.
He courted controversy again in 1996 when he reissued The Turner Diaries, an anti-government novel self-published by a neo-Nazi in 1978. It is said to have been a favorite of Timothy J. McVeigh, executed for killing 169 people with a truck bomb in Oklahoma City in 1995.
The writer suffered a fatal heart attack while on holiday with his family in Nova Scotia on 11 July, at the age of 66....News filtered out at the US theatrical release of documentary American Anarchist, which mentions his death as the film closes.