Victims who lived in fear of caller.Victims of the bomb hoaxer yesterday recalled their fear when they received calls from Paul Bell Paul A. Bell is the Iowa State Representative from the 41st District. He has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 1992. He received his BA from the University of Northern Iowa. last July.
The Rev Canon Murray Haig ( at the time the vicar of Alnwick ( received a series of calls threatening to bomb his church.
One of the calls said: "Christians will die."
He said: "They were very unpleasant threats, and they weren't just against me, they were against the church. In a sense the whole community was threatened.
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"He said the most dreadful things on the phone."
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"But I bear him no malice malice, in law, an intentional violation of the law of crimes or torts that injures another person. Malice need not involve a malignant spirit or the definite intent to do harm. . There are always reasons why people do what they do, and I do feel sorry for him. He's the instrument of his own misery."
Wade Sherman, 29, course co-ordinator for a team of students from St Cloud University, Minnesota, who travel each year to Alnwick Castle, received calls saying: "Death to America."
Speaking in April after Bell admitted the hoaxes, Mr Sherman said: "The first time he rang, he was on for a couple of hours and I just took the phone off the hook because it went on so long.
"It was clear that it was because I am American that he wanted to lay into me.
"We have a very close relationship with the police and I reported it immediately."