After This Guy Blew $750K In A Nevada Casino, He Planted A Bomb There – With Staggering Consequences

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To the security guard of Harvey’s Resort Hotel and Casino, two men dropping off a copy machine seemed like a perfectly routine event. Little did he know, however, that they were actually placing a 1,000-pound dynamite bomb inside the building. Unsurprisingly, then, what followed was one of the strangest – and most explosive – cases that the FBI has ever dealt with.

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This odd crime story starts in 1979. The venue? Harvey’s Resort Hotel and Casino, located on the southern side of Lake Tahoe, on the California-Nevada border. Wealthy meat seller Harvey Gross opened the casino in 1944, and it initially began as a single-room club.

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It was here that 58-year-old restaurant proprietor and retired landscaper John Birges had been gambling for many years. In 1979, though, he’d hired a nearby apartment and spent the best part of half a year at the casino’s blackjack table. Unfortunately, Birges’ fortunes betrayed him, and he reportedly lost around $750,000.

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