Stick this in the category of Things that make you go WTF?
So here's the great criminal plot conceived by this genius: Mark Charles Barnett created 10 bombs disguised as food products that he planned to put on shelves in Target stores in Florida, Virginia, and New York. He figured the explosions and resulting panic would cause Target stock to plummet so he could snatch it up cheaply. What could possibly go wrong, right?
He hired a relative to plant the bombs. The relative notified authorities.
Barnett was a registered sex offender and previously incarcerated for grand theft, kidnapping and sexual battery.
This reminds me of another brilliant domestic terrorist, Brett Kimberlin, whose set off bombs in Indiana to deflect attention put on him for the alleged murder of the grandmother of his underaged girlfriend. While in jail awaiting trial, Kimberlin tried to hire a fellow inmate to murder the prosecuting attorney and rough up some witnesses. He wrote his plans on paper. The inmate notified authorities.
Criminals are basically stupid. That's why they're criminals.