Residents in Lebanon, Tennessee (a town about 30 miles northeast of Nashville), are still trying to understand why someone would send a bomb in the mail to their neighbor, who happened to be a 74-year-old retired lawyer named John Setzer.
He died after “an unknown package exploded,” according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and his wife, Marion Setzer, 72, was also seriously hurt. She had to be airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Investigators with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI, and U.S. postal inspectors are currently investigating what happened. According to Special Agent Michael Knight, accidental causes for the explosion such as a gas leak or electrical malfunction have been ruled out.
Knight said, “We do believe that this is an isolated incident.”
David Hughen, a neighbor, came to John’s house about an hour after the blast happened, and he noticed that the front and back windows of the nearby house had been shattered.
“With the house as well built as it was, it had to be a huge explosion,” Hughen said of the house. “It’s just a huge mystery that a terrible thing has happened to good people.”
Before John retired he had worked on bankruptcy cases. His former law partner, George Cate Jr., doesn’t understand why anyone would go after John or his Marion.
“John and Marion Setzer are a great couple, and they have dedicated themselves to taking care of other people,” Cate told CNN affiliate WZTV.
An $8,000 reward will be given for info about the case that leads to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with information can call 1-800-TBI-FIND.