Package Explodes, Killing Retired Lawyer at His Home
Jon Setzer, 74, died Monday near Lebanon, Tenn.
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2014 11:19 AM CST
Law Enforcement cars fill the front yard of a rural home in Lebanon, Tenn. where a package sent there exploded Monday, killing 74-year-old lawyer Jon Setzer and injuring 72-year-old Marion Setzer, Tuesday,...   (AP Photo/The Tennessean, Larry McCormack)

(Newser) – A 74-year-old retired lawyer is dead after "an unknown package exploded" at his rural Tennessee home Monday, and locals are rattled. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and ATF agents are investigating the death of Jon Setzer, but so far they've stayed mum on motive, and the Tennessean reports that agents aren't even saying exactly where the blast happened, how the package arrived at his home, or what explosives might have been used. But WZTV reports neighbors were told the package arrived via mail and exploded in Setzer's home.

His wife, 72-year-old Marion Setzer, was seriously injured and has been hospitalized. Setzer, who lived about 30 miles east of Nashville near Lebanon, Tenn., worked on general civil cases, bankruptcy, and living trusts, says his former partner. He, like Setzer's friends and neighbors, are in disbelief. "When I've heard it said that it was targeted, I thought, well, they must have targeted the wrong person," says one. CNN reports that USPS inspectors have investigated just 16 mail bombs in recent years.

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TwoSheds
Feb 13, 2014 4:41 AM CST
Blowed up real good http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHkvD7-u7y8
DarkFrancis
Feb 12, 2014 11:53 PM CST
"CNN reports that USPS inspectors have investigated just 16 mail bombs in recent years." CNN reported that the USPS has investigated "an average of" 16 mail bombs. They did not say 'just 16 mail bombs', you added that.
Ezekiel 25:17
Feb 12, 2014 11:31 PM CST
I'm guessing it was not sent through the mail and was most likely delivered with a fake UPS label, which you can easily print. There's no cancel stamp so it would not elicit any suspicion. You can even make up the UPS uniform easily, brown clothes. Now the unibomber did send his packages through regular mail. But he was a genius. He could not be traced because he manufactured everything involved in the process. The feds could only piece together wires and pieces of the trigger mechanism he manufactured from scratch. The feds wound up with pieces of screws, wires, and contacts that could have come from old tv sets. So you look for people who have old tv sets missing guts. The only way they found Teddy was a tip from a relative. I know of a lieyar here in the city who mostly does credit card company suits against people. That's all he does, sue people on behalf of Citybank, Discover, Amex, etc. I served papers for the county while doing practical work for a sheriff's commission. I would have to serve people when this lieyer sued them. I was as nice as could be about it. I would tell people that even the judge hated this lieyer. I would tell them to obey the summons and absolutely not toss it away and by all means don't miss the court date. I would tell them to first sit down and write a very respectful note to the judge, explain their situation, include bank statements and pay stubs, and just lay out their entire situation in as much detail as possible. People who did that would often get extensions or even dismissals from the judge. People who tossed the papers I processed on them later got served additional papers on an asset and pay garnishment hearing.