Incident Summary:

04/22/1984: Gary Lee Yarbrough, a member of The Order, placed a bomb under a seat in a vacant section of the Embassy Theater, an X-rated, pornographic movie house in downtown Seattle, Washington, in the United States, where about twenty to thirty people were sitting, awaiting the movie screening of the night. Then, another member of The Order, made a warning phone call to the cashier at the theater, but before any precautions could be taken, the bomb exploded, leaving minimal damage, destroying about 10 seats in the theater, and no casualties. The motive for the bombing was twofold: first, to spread the group's message that pornography was intolerable and second, to act as a diversion for the group's planned armored car robbery the next day (907).



United States

North America

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Location Details:
Third Avenue and Union Street

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Embassy Theater
Specific Description X-rated, pornographic movie theater in downtown Seattle
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 Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Time Fuse
Weapon Details
the bomb was made of a high explosive main charge, an Eveready lantern battery, and a Westclox pocket watch timer; the bomb was assembled by Yarbrough himself
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information Though a phone call was made to warn of the bomb, the group did not claim responsibility or even identify the caller/group over the phone; the explosion occurred at 5:00pm. This is a linked attack with the armored car robbery that followed the next day (198404230019). Though Yarbrough was the one who planted the bomb, Bruce Carroll Pierce, Andrew Virgil Barnhill, Randolph Duey, and Richard H. Kemp, all members of the group, also played active roles in the planning and execution of the bombing, even though many of them were acquitted in this particular case, including Yarbrough. Gary Lee Yarbrough was convicted in 1985 for the crimes he committed while involved with The Order, and he was sentenced to 80 years. Pierce, Duey, Barnhill, and Kemp, were also convicted, and sentenced to 252 years, 100 years, 40 years and 60 years, respectively for their crimes during their involvement with the group.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
The Order (Silent Brotherhood) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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
Kevin Flynn and Gary Gerhardt, "The Silent Brotherhood: Inside America's Racist Underground," The Free Press, Macmillan Inc., 1989.
"Northwest Digest: Forbes Theater Bombed," Tri City Herald, Washington, April 23, 1984.
Mark S. Hamm, "Terrorism as Crime: From Oklahoma City to Al-Qaeda and Beyond," New York University Press, 2007.