Friday, September 17, 2004


The Radioactive Boy Scout

‘Convinced he needed discipline, David’s father, Ken, felt the solution lay in a goal that he didn’t himself achieve, Eagle Scout, which requires 21 merit badges. David earned a merit badge in Atomic Energy in May 1991, five months shy of his 15th birthday. By now, though, he had grander ambitions.

He was determined to irradiate anything he could, and decided to build a neutron “gun.” To obtain radioactive materials, David used a number of cover stories and concocted a new identity.’

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