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As investigators combed the wreckage for clues, a father and his 2-year-old son have been identified as the first known victims of a car explosion in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Saturday night that left a downtown street strewn with parts of cars and human bodies. Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said investigators believe one of the three dead males was a suspect in the explosion.

Some 30 investigators combed the blast scene Monday, most of them from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Some wore hazmat suits.

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“We know there’s been a criminal incident,” District Attorney James Martin told reporters at a news conference Sunday. “We have a high degree of confidence that the perpetrator was probably killed in the incident.”

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  1. This tragedy reminds me of a Mafia hit that took place in Youngstown, Ohio, around 1962-63. “Cadillac Charlie,” a well-known local mobster, had been warned that he was being targeted by some of his Mafia enemies. His wife normally drove their junior high sons to school, but one day she was not feeling well, so Charlie offered to transport them. Unknown to him, however, his car had been wired during the night to an explosive that was detonated when Charlie turned the ignition key. Charlie and the boy in the passenger seat were killed; the boy in the back seat was critically injured and missed a year of school. The tale of that tragedy became a cover story, titled “Murdertown USA, in a subsequent issue of Life magazine. My understanding at the time was that the Mafia did not want to kill children and had not expected the boys to be in Charlie’s car.

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