Olathe, KS House Explosion, Sep 1980
BOMB BLAST IN HOUSE KILLS SIX IN FAMILY.
Olathe, Kan. (UPI) -- A large explosion believed caused by a bomb blasted a house apart and killed six people Saturday, scattering bodies and debris over a large area of a residential neighborhood.
"It's very likely it was a bomb," said police Lt. Jeff Herrman.
Five bodies were found at the scene and one of three people injured by the blast died at Olathe Community Hospital. An infant and a young boy were reported in critical condition at the hospital, undergoing surgery.
Killed in the blast were ROBERT POST, 51; his wife NORMA JEANE, 47; a son JAMES, 10; and a daughter, DIANE CRUMP, age about 20. Police tentatively identified the other victims as another son, RICHARD POST, 21, and another daughter, SUSAN POST, about 20.
Reported in critical but stable condition at Olathe Community Hospital were 4-month-old RANDY CRUMP, son of DIANE CRUMP, and KRAIG WEBER, age 10 to 12. Police said KRAIG was visiting the POST home when the blast occurred.
Police Lt. Robert Patterson late Saturday said nine people were inside the house when it was nearly leveled.
Another POST son in the house received only a facial cut, Patterson siad. In addition, two young daughters playing outside the house were uninjured, he said.
An exact cause of the explosion had not been determined, said Patterson.
Anthony Arnold, who lives four houses away, was among the first on the scene and said he found the body of a baby and a woman in the back yard and the body of another woman, whose head was severed, in the front yard.
He said the family had lived in the home about 18 months and were "pretty nice people; friendly people. I'm just sorry it happened."
"It was the worst blast I ever heard in my life," said Larry Lindner, another neighbor who lived a few houses away.
An unidentified woman said the force of the explosion was felt several blocks away. "We live a good six blocks away and we felt the house shake," she said.
The explosion blew out the walls of the frame ranch-style home and the roof collapsed. Witnesses said the wreckage was scattered over a large area of the neighborhood, a relatively new development started about five years ago.
Logansport Pharos-Tribune Indiana 1980-09-21
Transcriber's Note: Danny Crump, 27, Diane's former husband placed a bomb which included 10 sticks of dynamite in a package and placed it on the hood of a car at the house. It was hooked up to a motorcycle battery to explode when the package was opened. Danny Crump is still in prison.