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A 71-year-old, wheelchair-bound, California grandmother, Susan Ellyn Reid, who had a long rap sheet and various aliases, entered Harrahs Club in Reno, Nevada in July carrying a box.
She gave casino personnel a typed note that demanded $100,000 and indicated she was holding a bomb. It revealed kidnappers were holding her grandson hostage, so she had no choice but to execute the extortion.
The entire situation, however, was a hoax. The explosive she carried actually was a non-diary creamer bottle stuffed with cornflakes! A judge sentenced her to probation provided she reside in a nursing home.