Men Who Jumped From WTC Turn Themselves In
'Exhilarating' stunt exposed security flaw, they say
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2014 2:29 AM CDT
Updated Mar 25, 2014 7:40 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A group of daredevils suspected of parachuting from 1 World Trade Center into Manhattan last year have admitted that they did it—and it was great. The group turned themselves into police yesterday after investigators tracked them down, reports the New York Times. One of the men says the stunt exposed the need for tighter security. "We just kind of walked in," he says. "It’s supposed to be the most secure building in the world. God forbid it was somebody else getting in there with a real intention to harm New Yorkers."

One of the men was an ironworker with access to the site, but defense lawyers say the group slipped through a hole in a fence—just like a teenager who sneaked his way to the top of America's tallest building earlier this month. One of the men describes the descent from the tower as an "exhilarating" experience. "It’s a fair amount of free fall time," he says. "You really get to enjoy the view of the city and see it from a different perspective." The four suspects, one of whom kept watch while the other three jumped, have been charged with burglary, reckless endangerment, and jumping from a structure, reports the New York Daily News.

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Mar 26, 2014 10:54 PM CDT
Brilliant. That was incredible. Do what you wish, you worthless "authorities". You can't erase that experience from their memories, nor can you now deny how easily someone can harm that building if they so choose. The jumpers are charged with burglary, reckless endangerment, and jumping from a structure... but only # 3 makes any logical sense (and even then... why bother charging for that?)
Georgina C Parker
Mar 26, 2014 12:41 PM CDT
Bored rich kids.
Mar 25, 2014 11:48 PM CDT
Does it really count as turning yourself in if you do it "AFTER investigators tracked them down, ..." ???