Bullet in a “Bible” story was faked

There is an interesting update to a story we posted last February about a man who claimed he was saved via the Bible he carried:Bullet in a Bible.

It turns out, he lied.

Case into shooting of RTA bus driver closed as ‘unfounded’ | www.daytondailynews.com.

An RTA bus driver’s claim that three black teenagers shot and stabbed him is not supported by the evidence and reconstruction of the incident by a police investigation.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said during a press conference Wednesday that key elements of driver Rickey Wagoner’s story – in particular the sequence of events and ballistics tests on the gun said to be used in the shooting – could not have happened as described.

Various evidence showed that the story could NOT be reconstructed. The article has details about ballistics tests and the video tapes used. The police think Wagoner staged the attack, shooting himself in the arm and placing the Bible-like book on the asphalt before shooting it twice.

The director of RTA thanked police for their probe and said “All of us at RTA are angry at the thought that an employee would allegedly mislead the police, the public and us and use ugly racial stereotypes in doing so.” Yeah… why did he do it? It does not appear he was overtly religious (from any news reports). But it did make for a compelling story. The story was extremely popular internationally at the time. We took the angle that any sufficiently thick book would have worked as “intervention” without assuming the story was concocted. Turns out the book WOULD NOT have stopped bullets. The Mythbusters also demonstrated this. Bulletproof : Discovery Channel.

There is a lesson here. People lie. It’s not clear why. It’s terrible but it happens and ‘hoax’ is ALWAYS an option.

Wagoner will be fired. He has not been charged with a crime.

Ohio bus driver lied about Bible stopping bullets during ‘race-fueled gang attack’: police  – NY Daily News.

Tip: Clinton Lowell

  6 comments for “ Bullet in a “Bible” story was faked

  1. David H
    June 19, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    When I saw that story, my first thought was: Faked.
    The second thought was the old Woody Allen joke:

    “Years ago, my mother gave me a bullet. I put it in my breast pocket. Two years after that, I was walking down the street, when a berserk evangelist heaved a Gideon Bible out a hotel room window, hitting me in the chest. That Bible would have gone through my heart if it wasn’t for the bullet.”

  2. Douglas
    June 19, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    On a side note, it never ceases to amaze me what people think will stop a bullet. We’ve been conditioned by what we see in movies and TV to think bullets just will get stopped by the first thing they hit.

  3. ApexDisorder
    June 19, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    President Teddy Roosevelt was shot by a 32. Calibre in the chest.
    What saved him?
    The the thick manuscript he had in his breast pocket. A speach he was to deliver that day.

    • Bill T.
      June 19, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      I found several sources corroborating your anecdote. Note that the bullet evidently penetrated the speech and Roosevelt was wounded, in agreement with the story and other comments.

    • John Nowak
      June 19, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      Inevitably, the Mythbusters also covered this. Modern weapons are much better at penetrating materials than older, similar weapons: they showed that a modern revolver will penetrate a silver dollar, but an 1880s pistol will merely cause it to deform.

      There’s also a number of battlefield stories along these lines. I’d think it’s likely that most of them involve shell shrapnel which won’t penetrate materials as well as a direct hit from a gun. The “bullets” might be misidentified shrapnel, or possibly rifle bullets fired from a mile off, bouncing off a rock on its way.

    • Nana Lenore
      June 19, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      And his metal glasses case.

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