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Zack (Areion Fury MC ePair of brothers Manny and Billy and decided to rob a bank Suffice to say things do not go as planned What follows is complete madness a carjacking turned kidnapping a highly flawed robbery attempt a WWIII like shootout and a standoff in the mountains Several are injured and one police officer is slain along with Billy and Manny And that s in just the first 120 pages Mimicking thevents as they "unfold Houlahan takes on a frenetic pacing that s wholly absorbing and borderline chaotic Had I been sitting I would "Houlahan takes on a frenetic pacing
THAT S WHOLLY ABSORBING AND BORDERLINEs wholly absorbing and borderline Had I been sitting I would been on the Shadow on the Crown (The Emma of Normandy Trilogy, edge of my seat truth be told I was too amped up to stay still This hardly changed upon reading Norco 80 s back half wherein Houlahan describes the subseuent court trial one of the longest and mostxpensive in American history of the three surviving bank robbers As if things weren t already strange the trial takes it to new wildly unexpected levels that are all but impossible to summarize in a few sentences With ContamiNation every new bizarre detail unfurled the narrative is pushed into unbelievable territories those typically reserved for fiction What s Houlahan also juxtaposes his true crime drama with a deep dive into the post traumatic stress many of the participantsxperienced and the means to which many law Taxi ins Glück enforcement agencies took to support these struggles These means are about the only positive result of what was ultimately one of the harrowingvents in American history Strangest tooMy uibbles with Norco 80 were minor there are many personalities involved specially during the trial phase some of which get lost in the mix to the point of becoming just names on a page I imagine when Netflix inevitably gets their grubby little hands on this and develops it into the hot new true crime docuseries these details will be tightened up through supers not to mention the actual faces to match them And hey ven if that series is never created at least we ll have Houlahan s account to revert to Frankly I couldn t think of a adept writer than Peter Houlahan a former EMT who was a first responder to the Sandy Hook tragedy as well as a holder of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence to recount this unbelievable tale That Norco 80 is his
first book is perhaps the most unbelievable fact of all That Twain was clearly on tobook is perhaps the most unbelievable fact of all That Twain was clearly on to Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas eh The blame begins with the hugeruption of Mount St Helens George Wayne Smith age 29 and Chris Haven age 27 were convinced that the The Magic Rolling Pin eruption announced the coming rapture as predicted in the Book of Revelations Their apostolic faith convinced them that thend was near and that they needed to move to the mountains in order to survive the coming chaos Both of them were Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, ex military and stockpiled a huge supply of weapons homemade grenade The true account of the ill conceived bank robbery that resulted in a harrowing police chase and gun battle in 1980 s Norco California After the 5 perpetrators fled they began their powerful and overwhelming fire power attack automatic and semi automatic guns grenades pipe bombs thousands of rounds of ammunition on the police forces that pursued them Many officers were injured and one officer was dead This crime caused police departments across the country to incorpor Riverside to all Norco units 211 in progress at the Security Pacific Bank at Fourth and Hamner the RCSO dispatcher on page 73 211 is California penal andor police radio code for armed robberyAn absolutely outstanding and suspenseful true crime book meticulously chronicling the May 1980 bank robbery pursuit shoot out in Southern California not in Los Angeles but fartherast in a desert and mountain area known as The Inland Empire that pitted five heavily and better armed thieves against a small and diverse group of responding law Not Without a Fight enforcement personnel county sheriff s deputies city police officers and highway patrolmen from various agencies in a particularly violent and nightma This is a remarkable book the true story of a bank robbery in Norco California in Riverside County by five men some of them religious Christians convinced thend times were coming Two lived together in a house in Norco where they were digging trenches and fencing the perimeter of their property with barbed wire preparing for marauders to come for their caches D close to twenty wounded; a police helicopter was forced down from the sky and thirty two police vehicles were destroyed by thousands of rounds of ammo The resulting trials shook the community to the core raising many issues that continue to plague society today from racism and the Garden Bouquets and Beyond epidemic of post traumatic stress disorder within lawnforcement to religious xtremism and the militarization of local police force.
FREE DOWNLOAD ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or Book ç Peter HoulahanOh this book was all kinds of amazingEven though I m from Southern California I d never heard of the Norco bank robbery I figured it was before my time but my parents hadn t heard of it The Management Bible either Reading this I don t know how we missed itThis is onexciting read While the author takes some liberties here and there with the feelings of some of our participants like one dying young man was thinkingfeeling those liberties are logicalThe book is well researched but honestly reads like a movie I could see people getting shot feel "the whiz of bullets as they narrowly missed other and my heart "whiz of bullets as They Narrowly Missed Characters narrowly missed other characters my heart pounding like crazyA fabulous book that inspired me to learn Zu schnell even about what happened and about a serial killer and a cult I d never heard of beforeExcellent In May of 1980 in Norco California a bunch of losers had decided to rob a bank They were armed to the teeth with all kinds of automatic weapons and they also had homemade grenadesWhatnsued after the robbery was a massive chase in which over thirty police cars were wrecked by the onslaught of automatic weapons from the bank robbers The chase Sleepless (Bird of Stone, ended high up in the canyons and mountains which AstoundingStaggeringMind blowing EyeopeningThese are just some of the reactions Ixperienced after reading Peter Houlahan s brilliant true crime book NORCO 80 Houlahan spent over four years researching documents and interviewing people who were involved with one of the most violent and insane bank robbery attempts in American history He amazingly pulled together accounts and testimonies from dozens and dozens of law nforcement personnel case lawyers and family members in his xhaustive uest to piece together this fascinating account that reads stranger than fiction George Wayne Smith was an honorably discharged soldier living in Riverside county in southern California He became obsessed with the religious prophecies of Revelation as well as apocalyptic visions of the doomsday scenario he perceived the world to be headed toward He had been working for a landscaping company when he met another young man named Chris Harven In many ways Harven was the opposite of Smith a stoner a slacker and a troublemaker who was actually dishonorably discharged after a brief stint in the military But the two men shared common survivalist religious and apocalyptic beliefs and became friends and roommates Living in a house in Mira Loma together both had failed marriages they ven dug their own bomb shelter in the back yard Eventually they were out of work and low on money Still the pair s goal was to be able to buy a mountain cabin in Utah or Colorado and fortify it for family members and themselves so all would be safely together and survive the impending Armageddon Smith and Harven also loved firearms and began buying all sorts of guns both pistols and high caliber assault rifles Apparently they used the last of their money to arm themselves and three other accomplices whom they convinced to help them rob a bank in the nearby town of Norco Chris s brother Russ and brothers Manny and Billy Delgado rounded out the gang which would later be infamously known as the Norco 5 So on May 9th 1980 this crew of first time criminals made their way to Norco armed to the teeth with firepower than any law nforcement agency in the country possessed Their mission was to steal Invisible (The Curse of Avalon enough money on a big one time score so George Smith and Chris Harven would be able tostablish their survivalist utopia somewhere in the mountains of the West Russ Manny and Billy would be given their cuts of the take as well The Yummy Supper events unfolded on a Friday afternoon and are so chaotic and crazy it s hard to go into great detail without spoilers and so on Suffice it to say that in thend over two dozen cop cars were shot to hell hundreds of rounds of ammunition were fired at law nforcement and three people were dead Some members of the Norco 5 were captured and it took 20 months before they would stand trial The trial itself would not conclude until over two and a half years from the initial crime date Procedures and vents at the trial were like a 3 ring circus at times and read like something out of a Hollywood film Now in the 21st century where horrific mass public shooti. A true crime account of one of the most violent bank heists in US history Norco ’80 tells the story of how five heavily armed young men led by an apocalyptic born again Christian attempted a bank robbery that turned into one of the most violent criminal Deep Listening events in US history forever changing the face of American lawnforcement Part action thriller and part courtroom drama Norco ’80 transports the reader back Ngs have become all too tragically freuent the Norco bank robbery kind of stands out as a harbinger of the future as far as terrorist type acts are concerned Peter Houlahan has indeed pieced together an important part of history coupled with insight and fast paced story telling NORCO 80 is a completely true account as well as a flat out thrill ride What a great ride this was It was so xciting I had moved away from Norco in the late 70 s and I could picture this whole tale I didn t appreciate the slanted views on religion at the beginning I felt it was unnecessary and the author obviously had a bias All in all it got a five from me so you can tell how much I "enjoyed the rest of the story 3 Edward 50 the suspects "the rest of the story 3 Edward 50 the suspects stranded their vehicle is disabled at Hamner and Fourth Roll help I need an ambulance I m bleeding badly I m not a big fan of true crime books stories are never tied up nice and neat like they are in fiction and sometimes the bad guys win But ver since seeing Dog Day Afternoon at a fairly young age I have been intrigued by tales of bank robberies gone horribly wrong And they don t get much wronger than the robbery that occurred in Southern California in 1980 when five young men who were armed to the teeth with semi automatic weapons plus homemade bombs and grenades attempted to raise the capital they felt they needed to see themselves through the coming apocalypse Pretty much Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature everything that can go wrong with a robbery went wrong that day From bad timing to stupid choices to personality clashes to bizarre coincidences it was a disaster that led to death and destruction and lives forever changed The book starts off with somexposition and the author flings a lot of names at the reader I was going a little crazy wondering which ones might be most important to the story but it turned out to not be a problem Once the introductions are over the story takes off Be warned once you hit page 61 plan on settling in for a while because the next 100 pages are packed with some of the most intense nonstop action you ll ver
READ IT S AN AMAZING TALEIt s an amazing tale heroism and horror that should keep you riveted Earlier today whilst researching this very review I ran a google search for Heat movie gunfight and was predictably met with several videos capturing the famous scene from Michael Mann s 1995 crime drama a longtime favorite of mine That being said I was also met with a series of uestions halfway down the page underneath the People also ask section the first of which being Is the movie Heat realistic A week ago I would ve uneuivocally answered no because well it s a movie albeit one loosely based off of a true story Then again a week ago I had yet to have consumed Peter Houlahan s Norco 80 The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History To say the book s subtitle lives up to its declaration would understate its spectacular ness But as Twain famously said Truth is stranger than fiction but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities truth isn t The truths Norco 80 depicts are in a word astonishing The stuff of Hollywood blockbusters or better still great fiction After all who in their right mind would decide to rob a bank with nough artillery to take on and likely defeat the National Guard No one Which is to say the leader of the five person crew that centers Norco 80 was batshit Crazy with a capital C And that is where Houlahan s recounting begins with the story of a man named George Wayne Smith A Vietnam vet Smith is also a devout born again Christian who saw the May 1980 Trajan eruption of Mount St Helens as a sign of an impending rapture Alongside his roommate and fellow Christian Chris Harven Smith had begun preparing his property for the inevitablend of days outfitting it with barbed wire digging trenches to be used as bunkers and stockpiling food and weapons Lots and lots of weapons One thing Smith had not done during his Bunnys Book Club Goes to School exhaustive doomsday preparation is generate any substantial income Mortgage payments fell behind Child support too Their part time jobs as landscapers hardly covered these costs they needed money and they needed it fast And so they gathered up a few other friends specifically Chris s sibling Russ and O the Southern California of the 1970s anra of predatory vangelical gurus doomsday predictions megachurches and soaring crime rates with the threat of nuclear obliteration looming over it all A group of landscapers transforms into a murderous gang of bank robbers armed to the teeth with military grade weapons Their desperate getaway turned the surrounding towns into war zones When it was over three were dead an.