Incident Summary:

9/14/1975: Ralph Patrick Ford, a suspected member of the George Jackson Brigade, died when a pipe bomb that he was attempting to place at a Safeway store in Seattle, Washington, United States, prematurely detonated. The store sustained around $3,000 in damages.

GTD ID:
197509140003

When:
1975-09-14

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Washington

City:
Seattle

Location Details:
1410 East John St.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Safeway
Specific Description Safeway store, Seattle Washington
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage $3,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Pipe Bomb
Weapon Details
pipe bomb
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information The George Jackson Brigade bombed the same Safeway store four days later (197510240003). The George Jackson Brigade claimed that Ralph Patrick Ford was 'Comrade Po.' It is unclear whether he was actually a member of the organization.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
George Jackson Brigade (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Lester A. Sobel, "Political Terrorism: Volume 2 1974-1978," Facts on File, Inc., 1978."
"Larry McCarten and Fred Brack, "Bomb Victim Was Activist," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 20, 1975."
"'SLA Retaliation' Seattle Safeway Bomb Hurts 7," Ellensburg Daily Record, September 19, 1975."