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.
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.
Tip: Clinton Lowell