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Bombs Placed For Extortion of Princess Cruises - Island Princess

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Island Princess Bombs June 5, 1973

Bombs Placed For Extortion of Princess Cruises - Island Princess

An extortion plot against Princess Cruises Steamship Line uncovered two bombs aboard Princess Cruises' Island Princess while the ship was about 300 off shore, south of San Diego, California on Tuesday June 5, 1973.

Island Princess had 525 passengers and 325 crew members aboard when the bomb plot was called in to the ship, saying there were six bombs aboard the cruise ship. Two bombs were found and thrown overboard, investigators searched for four more, though none were reportedly found.

Gerald E. Priddy, 53, was arrested for the extortion attempt when he attempted to pick up the demanded $250,000 ransom at the Princess Cruises ticket office in Los Angeles.

Priddy was the president of Jerry Priddy And Associates Products Unlimited, an advertising products company located in Burbank, California.

Priddy had played ball for the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees.

Priddy was arrested then released on $150,000 bond and later indicted by a grand jury. He entered a plea of not guilty at trial.

A jury of ten women and two men found Priddy guilty at his December 1973 trial. He faced up to 20 years in prison. He was sentenced to nine months in prison.

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