Tuesday, 5/7/02: Luke, Next Time Write a Haiku Instead

Luke J. Helder of Pine Island, Minn., a 21-year-old college student, was charged Tuesday in the string of pipe bombs left in mailboxes in five states after he was arrested on a windswept highway outside Reno, ending a manhunt that stretched across half the country.

At Helder's family home an hour's drive southeast of Minneapolis, his father, Cameron, read a statement urging his son to call home.

"I really want you to know that Luke is not a dangerous person," Cameron Helder said. "I think he's just trying to make a statement about the way our government is run. I think Luke wants people to listen to his ideas, and not enough people are hearing him, and he thinks this may help."

-- Aaron