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Lot 429:

STERLING HALL BOMBING FBI WANTED POSTER (3)

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STERLING HALL BOMBING FBI WANTED POSTER (3)

Lot of three items related to the Sterling Hall bombing that occurred on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus on August 24, 1970. It was committed by four men as a protest against the university’s research connections with the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. As a result, a university physics researcher was killed and three others were injured.

1) Wanted by FBI fingerprint card of David Sylvan Fine (b. 1952) containing no fingerprints, 8 x 8 in.

2) Wanted by FBI poster for David Sylvan Fine with a facsimile signature of J. Edgar Hoover, 10.5 x 16 in.

3) FBI Wanted fingerprint card of Dwight Alan Armstrong (1951 – 2010), 8 x 8 in.

Fine spent five and a half years as a fugitive after the incident and eventually was sentenced to a total of seven years and was paroled in 1979. In 1984, after passing the Oregon Bar exam, Fine was denied admission to the Bar on the grounds that ‘he had failed to show good moral character.’

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