Incident Summary:

02/26/1979: A bomb exploded outside of a parochial elementary school of the Sacred Heart Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, injuring a police officer who was attempting to dismantle the device. The bomb was sent in a book, mailed to Reverend Timothy Majic, a Roman Catholic pastor of Sacred Heart Church, who also worked as an editor for the Morning Star, a Croatian-language newspaper published in Chicago. In the book, there were three batteries and what appeared to be dynamite in a hollowed out section. While disarming the device, detective George Timm lost part of his right index finger, and suffered cuts on his hand, face, and chest. Croatian nationalists are suspected to be responsible for the incident.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
outside of a parochial elementary school of Sacred Heart Church in Milwaukee

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity
Specific Description Reverend Timothy Majic, who for many years, wrote for a Croatian-language newspaper published in Chicago
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Dynamite/TNT
Weapon Details
bomb in the hollowed section of a book, comprised of three batteries and what appeared to be dynamite
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Croatian Nationalists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Bomb Mailed to a Priest Hurts Detective in Blast," New York Times, February 28, 1979.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.