Brian Douglas Wells:A Real Life Jigsaw Victim

Ever watched a Saw film? Where Jigsaw plays with his victims before killing them? Well, he didn’t actually kill them.  He gave them choices, as he put it. But what will you do if you woke up one day and realize you’re in a deep trouble as this?

Welcome to the world of Brian Douglas Wells, an American pizza delivery man who was killed by a time bomb fastened to his neck.


Wells dropped out of high school in 1973 and for nearly 30 years, he had worked as a pizza delivery man. He was considered a valued and trusted employee of the Mamma Mia Pizzeria in Erie, Pennsylvania.

On the afternoon of August 28, 2003, Wells received a call to deliver two pizzas to an address a few miles from the pizzeria. It was later found that the address was that of WSEE-TV’s transmission tower at the end of a dirt road. If that isn’t creepy enough, I don’t know what is.

 At first nobody knew what happened there but around an hour later he reappeared at a bank. He had a device around his neck and a shotgun designed to look like a cane. He told the people to give him $ 250,000.

When police intervened, Wells claimed that three unnamed people had placed a bomb around his neck, provided him with the shotgun, and told him that he had to commit the robbery and several other tasks, otherwise he would be killed.

Thinking that it is a move to claim his innocence, the police did nothing to remove the collar. Then, at 3:04 PM, at least 30 minutes after the 9-1-1 call, the police called the bomb squad. They arrived late though. At 3:18 PM, the bomb detonated, blasting a fist-sized hole in Wells’ chest just three minutes before the bomb squad arrived. Here’s a video for your entertainment.

So what happened at the transmission tower?

According to law enforcement reports, Wells was meeting people he thought were his accomplices. Wells participated in the planning for the robbery; he had been told the bomb was going to be fake and he was to claim that three black men forced the bomb on him and he was to tell police he was a hostage.


At the television tower, Wells, for the first time, learned that the device was real. He wrestled with the men and tried to flee, but one of them fired a gun, causing Wells to stop. And the rest is history.

So… What’s that thing you’re saying? It’s good it’s just a movie? I’d give a second thought about that.


2 Responses to “Brian Douglas Wells:A Real Life Jigsaw Victim”

  1. lollerskate Says:

    rofl Brian Douglas Wells was an idiot. He was in on robbing the bank and tried getting away with it, so he gets no sympathy from me. He dropped out of high school and lived the life of a loser. He got what was coming.

  2. xXsaw2perfectionXx Says:

    dang… thats just crazy, i always laugh at scary movies but this is just real… wow. that is all i have to say…

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