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Woman Charged With Attempted Murder

December 20, 1986

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ A 51-year-old woman was charged with attempted murder after a remote- control bomb wrapped as a Christmas gift was delivered to a home, police said.

The bomb exploded, but there were no injuries because the recipients had realized what it was and put it outside seconds before it went off, police said.

Ruth Longstreet of Bloomington was charged late Friday with attempted first-degree murder and was freed on $25,000 bond, authorities said.

Bomb squad detective David Indrehus said Mrs. Longstreet was charged under a section of law covering aiding and abetting in an attempted murder.

″She doesn’t appear to be a bomb-maker,″ Indrehus said.

Authorities said they were investigating possible involvement by others.

Police said they believe Mrs. Longstreet wanted to end a relationship she believed existed between her daughter’s husband and Mary Kendle, 21, to whose home the bomb was sent, the Minneapolis Star and Tribune reported Saturday.

The bomb, wrapped in a package with some apples, was delivered Monday night by private courier.

A federal laboratory in Washington, D.C., concluded the bomb was a radio- activated device that had to have been controlled by someone in direct sight of the package when it exploded, Indrehus said.

The partially destroyed package contained an 11-inch aluminum pipe, a number of BBs, duct tape, batteries, wire, glow plugs and a radio receiver, authorities said.

It ″could have easily caused the death of any person near it when it detonated,″ according to a complaint filed in the case.

The complaint said a courier driver identified Mrs. Longstreet in a photo lineup as the woman from whom he picked up the package. Hardware similar to that used in the bomb was seized from the Longstreet home, authorities said.

″I can tell you that she is totally devastated,″ Earl Longstreet said of his wife’s arrest. ″I think the police have made a mistake.″

He said that their son-in-law was separated from their daughter, and he and his wife had no problem with Ms. Kendle’s relationship with him.

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