A pair of individual stocks was the key to finding a suspect in the case of the self-styled Bishop. The Bishop had demanded that the price of the stocks in Navarre Corporation and 3Com be manipulated, on pain of death. He sent nearly complete pipebombs to brokerage firms in Chicago and Kansas--"just a single wire was left unconnected," according to NBC's Pete Williams--along with a threatening note. The suspect, John Tomkins of Dubuque Iowa, owned "thousands of dollars worth of risky options in those same two companies," investigators told CBS' Bob Orr. They believe "the reign of the Bishop is over."
Yet the prices were never distorted and the threats were never carried out--so it does not seem that the Bishop's so-called "reign" was much of a story. Nevertheless CBS found it fascinating enough to make the arrest its lead and NBC obtained a photograph. ABC did not mention it even in passing. ABC made the sound judgment.
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