Bombings Dade County
May 30 to Aug 21, 1967
Dade County OCB file #2A-33-9]
Two Bombs Rip Home Of
Miami Herald 22 Aug. 1967
By: DAVE NELSON And JON NORDHEIMER
Jewel fancier John Clarence Cook, who once complained to
many cops were
tailing him, survived a predawn bombing attack Monday and
back the watchful eye of the law.
Two time-bombs ripped apart a carport while Cook, 37, his
wife and four
children slept inside their $40,000 home at 1240 NE 82 St.
The explosions shattered Cook's car and sleek red
speedboat, but all members of the family emerged unhurt from
and shattered glass that sprayed the interior of the house
and the lawn.
The attack, the latest in a series of terror tactics to rip
underworld, was considered daring since Cook's movements
watched almost constantly for the past few years by local
Cook's indignation at being tailed reached a high point in
shortly after the arrest of his buddies, Beach Boys Jack
Surf) Murphy and Allan Dale Kuhn, for slipping the fabled
Star of India
sapphire out of a New York museum.
Cook rammed an FBI agent's car to make his point and got 85
jail, one of the few times he's had to cool his heels behind
To add to the intrigue of Monday's attack, Cook himself is
investigation in the July 12 dynamite explosion at Miami
Gerald E. Saslaw's home.
A week after the Saslaw bombing, Cook's good friend and
collector, Herman (Hy) Gordon, mystery man go-between in the
India recovery, was shot behind the ear five blocks from
Another Cook pal, gambler Frank (Lefty) Rosenthal was
the Dade Grand Jury after a rash of early summer bombings of
Beach bookie establishments.
An FBI agent once remarked that whenever they wanted to
check up on
big-time gangsters visiting Miami all they had to do was
"Nine times out of 10 they show up there. . . it's a regular
underworld convention hall," the agent said.
Hot-tempered Cook, who's been arrested several times on two
on suspicion of jewel thefts but never convicted, seemed
about the presence of newsmen on his property Monday than
created by the bombs.
He ordered the press off.
His new sky-blue Cadillac was wrecked and it looked like
used a can operator on his Donzi speedboat to pry the deck
Two white doors were blown off the house and every window in
sight had caved in.
Cook's $12,000, 24-foot cruiser – named after his 101-pound
Playboy bunny wife Marianne – was safely moored in the canal
The explosions rocked the neighborhood about 3:45 a.m. and
broke windows two houses away.
Interestingly, Cook's house is the only one on the block
that does not have a "For Sale" sign decorating the front
Bombing Box Score
AUG. 21 – John Clarence Cook and family escape when two time
bombs explode in front of 1240 NE 82nd St. home.
JULY 13 – Bomb in auto of William Schantz of North Miami
Beach falls to
detonate. Police believe it was case of mistaken
JULY 12 – Miami Officer Gerald Saslaw and family unhurt when
dynamite explosion rips front yard.
JUNE 16 – Alfie Mart's all-night newsstand and bookie
hangout on Miami
Beach's Alton Rd. shattered by bomb planted in telephone
JUNE 3 – Unoccupied auto belonging to wife of bookie Mickey
Zion of North Bay Village bombed.
JUNE 1 – Epicure Market next door to Alfie's bombed.
Police believe it was intended for the newsstand.
JUNE 1 – Gambler Chappie Rand's cleaning store on Motel Row
hit by two phosphorous grenades.
MAY 30 – Bomb tossed on gambler Mickey Zion's bedroom
balcony falls to explode.
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