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(ALLENTOWN, Pa.) — A man who died with two others in a car blast last weekend had sent letters to family and police indicating he used an explosive to kill himself, his toddler son and adult friend, investigators said Thursday.
“This was an intentional act by Jacob Schmoyer,” Special Agent Don Robinson of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said at a news conference.
The article goes on to state the following:
Schmoyer, 26, sent out the letters the day of the explosion in Allentown that killed him, his 2-year-old son Jonathan “J.J.” Schmoyer and a friend, 66-year-old David Hallman. One letter was delivered Tuesday, the rest on Wednesday, and were dated Sept. 29, Robinson said.
“He was miserable,” Robinson said. “Basically, the four letters described a miserable life, he was unhappy with himself. … He admitted to a number of criminal acts, and he didn’t think it was going to get any better. There was a lot of hatred there, some directed at Mr. Hallman and some at his son.”
The criminal acts were described as ranging from petty thefts to burglaries.
It wasn’t clear why Schmoyer involved Hallman, but Robinson said Schmoyer “lured” Hallman out to his vehicle on the night of the blast, which scattered debris and body parts over several city blocks.
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FATHER, SON KILLED IN BLAST: Jacob Schmoyer and his 2-year-old son, Jonathan, were killed in a car explosion in Allentown. A third victim has also been identified – 66-year-old David Hallman. The blast is being called a “criminal incident.” https://t.co/1LZ6Ogukmh pic.twitter.com/bIRfT0Em1Y
— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) October 1, 2018
BREAKING: Allentown car explosion was ‘intentional act,’ officials say. A murder-suicide by Jacob Schmoyer that took the life of his 2-year-old son Jonathan and 66-year-old David Hallman. https://t.co/69wOVSmOJI
— The Morning Call (@mcall) October 4, 2018
DEADLY EXPLOSION: Officials now say the explosion that killed a father, son, and another man was an intentional act. Investigators believe Jacob Schmoyer, 26, intended to kill himself, his 2-year-old son, and 66-year-old David Hallman in the blast. https://t.co/YuZr6pGZjF
— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) October 4, 2018
BREAKING: The deadly car explosion in Allentown was an intentional murder-suicide committed by Jacob Schmoyer, the ATF announced Thursday. https://t.co/SsNsGXDOZ1
— WFMZ-TV 69News (@69News) October 4, 2018
“It’s sad sad day for all families, there’s really no way to describe what runs through somebody’s mind when they’re doing this but we are confident that we have determined who is responsible and that is Jacob Schmoyer,” -ATF https://t.co/9VtZy0PjZH @fox43
— Jossie Carbonare (@JossieCarbonare) October 4, 2018
**Breaking** @ATFHQ and @AllentownPolice will release letters at 11:30am press conference re: Jacob Schmoyer and reports he mailed letters explaining why he exploded the car. Letters family received yesterday. pic.twitter.com/3zfgWL6q94
— Dan Patrick (@6abcDan) October 4, 2018
Man ‘intentionally’ planned car explosion that killed himself, his toddler son and a friend, authorities say https://t.co/TNqdwAJOBa
— TIME (@TIME) October 4, 2018
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