(FREE) Norco 80 author Peter Houlahan
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(FREE) Norco 80 author Peter Houlahan
Riverside to all Norco units 211 in progress at the Security Pacific Bank at Fourth and Hamner the RCSO dispatcher 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 desert and mountain area known as The Inland Empire that pitted five heavily and better armed thieves against a small and diverse group of responding aw enforcement personnel county sheriff s deputies city police officers and highway patrolmen from various agencies in a particularly violent and nightmarish encounter It reads ike it s right out of a Hollywood script but it was the real dealThis is author Houlahan s first book and it is one hell of a strong debut Norco 80 is a confident well researched detailing of the personalities involved the suspects the police the awyers on both sides the actual incident and the occasionally absurd trial aftermath Drawing on many interviews taped radio transmissions see above investigatory reports and court transcripts Houlahan weaves everything together into an absorbing narrative However I don t want to necessarily make it sound The Doll and Her Friends (1893) like a fun mindless action movie this was a retelling of a particularly dark day for the involvedaw enforcement and bystanders involving a tragic Septiņi line of duty death and also countless injuries But out of said tragedy came a better understanding response for dealing with PTSD among other things 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 documents and interviewing people who were involved with one of the most violent and insane bank robbery attempts in American history He amazingly pulled together accounts and testimonies from dozens and dozens ofaw enforcement personnel case Nightbane World Book One 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 discharged soldieriving in Riverside county in southern California He became obsessed with the religious prophecies of Revelation as well as apocalyptic visions of the doomsday scenario he perceived the world to be headed toward He had been working for a The All New Jonah Twist landscaping company when he met another young man named Chris Harven In many ways Harven was the opposite of Smith a stoner a slacker and a troublemaker who was actually dishonorably discharged after a brief stint in the military But the two men shared common survivalist religious and apocalyptic beliefs and became friends and roommates Living in a house in Mira Loma together both had failed marriages they even dug their own bomb shelter in the back yard Eventually they were out of work andow on money Still the pair s goal was to be able to buy a mountain cabin in Utah or Colorado and fortify it for family members and themselves so all would be safely together and survive the impending Armageddon Smith and Harven also oved firearms and began buying all sorts of guns both pistols and high caliber assault rifles Apparently they used the ast of their money to arm themselves and three other accomplices whom they convinced to help them rob a bank in the nearby town of Norco Chris s brother Russ and brothers Manny and Billy Delgado rounded out the gang which would Legon Ascension (Legon Series later be infamously known as the Norco 5 So on May 9th 1980 this crew of first time criminals made their way to Norco armed to the teeth with firepower than anyaw enforcement agency in the country possessed Their mission was to steal enough money on a big one time score so George Smith and Chris Harven would be able to establish their survivalist utopia somewhere in the mountains of the West Russ Manny and Billy would be given their cuts of the take as well The events unfolded on a Friday afternoon and are so chaotic and crazy it s hard to go into great detail without spoilers and so on Suffice it to say that in the end over two dozen cop cars were shot to hell hundreds of rounds of ammunition were fired at PMS law enforcement and three people were dead Some members of the Norco 5 were captured and it took 20 months before they would stand trial The trial itself would not conclude until over two and a half years from the initial crime date Procedures and events at the trial wereike a 3 ring circus at times and read The Two of Swords like something out of a Hollywood film Now in the 21st century where horrific mass public shootings have become all too tragically freuent the Norco bank robbery kind of stands out as a harbinger of the future as far as terrorist type acts are concerned Peter Houlahan has indeed pieced together an important part of history coupled with insight and fast paced story telling NORCO 80 is a completely true account as well as a flat out thrill ride 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 drama aongtime favorite of mine That being said I was also met with a series of uestions halfway 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 Sinfully Damaged (Master Mistress, 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 Ba. 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 mened 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 aw enforcement Part action thriller and part courtroom drama Norco ’80 transports the reader back
Nk Robbery in American History To say the book s subtitle ives up to its declaration 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 depicts are in a word astonishing The stuff of Hollywood blockbusters or better still great fiction After all who in their right mind would decide to rob a bank with enough artillery to take on and Ēna likely defeat the National Guard No one Which is to say theeader 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 a devout 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 days outfitting it with barbed wire digging trenches to be used as bunkers and stockpiling food and weapons Lots and Taken By the Sheriff the Deputy Too! lots of weapons One thing Smith had not done during his exhaustive doomsday preparation is generate any substantial income Mortgage payments fell behind Child support too Their part time jobs asandscapers 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 and decided to rob a bank Suffice to say things do not go as planned What follows is complete madness a carjacking turned kidnapping a highly flawed robbery attempt a WWIII Kentucky Grandmothers 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 Houlahan describes the subseuent court trial one of theongest 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 Štěky Broka Špindíry levels that are all but impossible to summarize in a few sentences With every new bizarre detail unfurled the narrative is pushed into unbelievable territories those typically reserved for fiction What s Houlahan also juxtaposes his true crime drama with a deep dive into the post traumatic stress many of the participants experienced and the means to which manyaw 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 during the trial phase some of which get The Blackmailed Secretary lost in the mix to the point of becoming just names on a page I imagine when Netflix inevitably gets their grubbyittle hands on this and develops it into the hot new true crime docuseries these details 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 If the Magic Fits (100 Dresses, least wel 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 3 Edward 50 the suspects are stranded their vehicle is disabled at Hamner and Fourth Roll help I need an ambulance I m bleeding badly I m not a big fan of true crime books stories are never tied up nice and neat Improve Your Communication Skills 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 don 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 day From bad timing to stupid choices to personality clashes to bizarre coincidences it was a disaster thated to death and destruction and Decadent (Wicked Lovers lives forever changed The book starts off with some exposition and the author flings aot of names at the reader I was going a When Digital Becomes Human 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 youl ever read It s an amazing tale of heroism and horror that should keep you riveted 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 dead This crime caused police departments across the count. O the Southern California of the 1970s an era of predatory evangelical gurus doomsday predictions megachurches and soaring crime rates with the threat of nuclear obliteration Intermix Nation looming over it all A group ofandscapers transforms into a murderous gang of bank robbers armed to the teeth with military grade weapons Their desperate getaway turned the surrounding towns into war zones When it was over three were dead an.
Ry 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 delusional thinking An in depth 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 De-cluttering Your Closet lawyers police forcesunits family members jumbled and it would have behooved the author to reference their role than once Recommended In May of 1980 in Norco California a bunch ofosers had decided 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 bank robbers The chase ended high up in the canyons and mountains which are such a prominent feature of California On the canyon road the robbers finally had to disembark their pick up truck which they had hijacked and headed off into the wilderness Exhausted they were easily captured the next day by police and SWAT teams One police officer was killed several were injured and also many innocent civilians who were walking or driving on the roads during the chase view spoilerTwo of the robbers were also killed hide spoiler 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 De Brandende Brug (De Grijze Jager, lived together in a house in Norco where they were digging 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 wereate 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 Humanizing Big Data largest crime scenes ever in the bank and then when they tried to get away spreading out over forty miles in two different counties Riverside and San Bernadino with police departments from both and sheriff s officers from both helicopters and a chase that ended up with them driving up a single file road in the San Gabriel mountains a national park with forty police cars from the four juri What a great ride this was It was so exciting I had moved away from Norco in theate 70 s and I could picture this whole tale I 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 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 acked 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 not deaths and casualties But there were still plenty two of the perpetrators and one Sheriff s deputy were killed another 9 wounded over 30 police cars were damaged and even one helicopter was downedThe bank robbers were forced to steal a second truck when their first one was damaged 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 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 ove with George Wayne Smith I m sure that will turn out well NotRecommend this true crime tale that defies believability Oh this book was all kinds of amazingEven though I m from Southern California I d 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 don t know how we missed itThis is one exciting read While the author takes some Scoring Points liberties here and there with the feelings of some of our participantsike one dying young man was thinkingfeeling those Life Is Unfair (Malcolm in the Middle, liberties areogicalThe book is well researched but honestly reads ike a movie I could see people getting shot feel the whiz of bullets as they narrowly missed other characters and my heart was pounding ike crazyA fabulous book that inspired me to earn even about what happened and about a serial killer and a cult I d never heard of beforeExcellent. D close to twenty wounded; a police helicopter was forced down from the sky and thirty two police vehicles were destroyed 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 disorder within aw enforcement to religious extremism and the militarization of ocal police force.
Peter Houlahan is a freelance writer contributing to a wide range of publications In his career as an emergency medical technician he has written a number of articles related to his profession He holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College A native Southern Californian Houlahan now lives in Fairfield County Connecticutsource