Stamford Man Charged With Bomb-Making
By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A man charged Monday with making a bomb had photos of mass murderers and neo-Nazi white supremacy posters at his Stamford house and told authorities he was planning for the end of the world, police said.
Donald Saturno, 47, was arrested in Ridgefield on a warrant charging him with illegal bomb manufacture, police said. He pleaded not guilty in Stamford Superior Court and was held on $400,000 bail. His attorney, Abram Heisler, declined to comment.
Stamford officials went to Saturno’s home Jan. 30 to investigate allegations of housing code violations. Stamford police say they found a suspected pipe bomb, suspicious powders and shotguns.
Saturno told police he was planning to use the device to break a large rock on his property, according to his arrest affidavit. Saturno initially said that he used the device to polish rocks and metal pieces and that he was engaged in welding, police said.
Police said the evidence seized showed “activities consistent with bomb manufacture and experimentation with possible homemade explosive production.” The device contained embedded shrapnel, authorities said.
“Though the PVC pipe device did not contain the explosive component, the typically used smokeless powder mixture was located a short distance away on a desk,” the affidavit said.
Police said they found photos of serial killers Jeffrey Dahmer and Charles Manson on walls of a small office area in the basement. Police said they also found newspaper clippings of funeral photos of a Stamford police officer with a note attached, “Just keeping score… RIH.”
Asked if RIH meant rest in hell, Saturno said, “It means whatever you want it to mean,” according to the affidavit. Saturno said the officer cost him $7,000 and had him arrested, police said.
Police said they also found numerous martial arts weapons and literature pertaining to the chemistry of explosives and military combat survival.
“Donald openly and repeatedly stated that he believed the economy was leading to the end of the world and advised that he was planning for the end of the world,” the affidavit states. “Donald advised that he was stockpiling items for the end of the world and appeared to portray a very survivalist approach who was not very happy with the economy and current state of domestic affairs.”