18-year-old Madeleine Pulver, daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Sydney, is said to have endured a terrifying ordeal today when an balaclava-wearing intruder broke into her home and put what police suspect is fake collar bomb on her. It took police 10 hours to get the device, a “box shaped device” that had a note attached to it with a list of demands, off the girl’s neck.
A policeman told ABC, “There were some instructions left by the intruder…Those instructions limited us somewhat in how we could proceed. They were precise, and they led us to believe we were dealing with a serious and legitimate threat.”
Now however, police believe it was a “very, very elaborate hoax.”
The Sydney Morning Herald says that the girl’s father might “have been the target of the apparent extortion bid.
The Daily Mail reports that the girl’s father, William, was the CEO of Nielsen Net Ratings, an internet share dealing company before joining Appen, a voice and text analytics company that was formed when it joined with the Butter Hill group last year. Appen Butter Hill provides voice-recognition software in more than 120 languages for corporations and government agencies. Pulver’s daughter is a student at Wenona, one of Australia’s most exclusive schools.
But the instructions left on the girl had made no demands for money. Police only say the instructions said that if she contacted the police, the bomb would be detonated.
Sydney residents, like most people reading this story, are very confused. First they heard the bomb was real, now they hear it was fake, and the alleged extortionist is no where to be found. Now they wonder if the whole thing was a hoax, according to CTV.
The important thing is that the girl is fine, just tired from holding the bomb up for 10 hours.
The drama played out on Burrawong Avenue, in the posh suburban enclave of Mosman. The neighbourhood is filled with million-dollar homes and luxury yachts.
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