>So that big explosion in New York yesterday that injured 15 people and momentarily scared the shit out of Americans everywhere because we thought it might be another terrorist attack turned out to be something a bit more domestic.
The demented doctor suspected of blowing up his $9 million upper East Side brownstone yesterday morning was on the verge of losing his beloved home in a bitter divorce settlement – and had vowed to “die in my house.”
Shortly before leveling the four-story E. 62nd St. building with a huge gas explosion that ignited terror fears and injured 15 pedestrians and firefighters, Dr. Nicholas Bartha sent a rambling, 14-page e-mail aimed at his estranged wife and other targets of his fury.
“When you read these lines your life will change forever. You deserve it,” the hulking physician ominously wrote his wife of 29 years, Cordula. “You will be transformed from gold digger to ash and RUBBISH digger.”
Bartha told her, “I will leave the house only if I am dead. You ridiculed me. You should have taken it seriously.”
The 66-year-old doctor .e-mailed the poison-pen missive to at least a dozen other people and organizations – including California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Fox News Channel – shortly before the failed suicide blast that left him critically burned and buried. The city was rocked about 8:40 a.m. when, officials believe, Bartha opened up the gas lines in his 19th century building before sparking the blast that reduced the home to rubble and sent flames and smoke high into the clear morning sky.
And after all that, the guy lived.
And now he doesn’t have the house, either.
Alright, Matt…unleash the Bobby Boucher jokes. Pronto.