One student told Law that Jack had begun hanging with the wrong crowd, "cruising" downtown on weekends.A neighbor said Jack had the "usual teenage problems." Jack had egged a friend's house, and his friend had retaliated in kind. A "neighbor girl" disliked him, as did an ex-girlfriend.The day after the hoax bomb was found, he checked his voicemail and heard an expletive-filled message: a man threatening his life in a fake-sounding Latino accent.The concerned mother promptly told Cindy she didn't want her seeing Jack anymore. Back in Portland, it finally dawned on Barry that whoever was out to get Jack was not going away. "You have a notion that someone is out to kill your 17-year-old son--and you have no idea why.He'd had the same job as an insurance agent for more than three decades.Hornstein is Jewish, but there was no evidence suggesting the bombing was a hate crime.
As longtime homicide detective Larry Findling puts it, murder is "the ultimate Ultimate.
Many, including Jack, suspected the fliers were the handiwork of his ex-girlfriend--who was not the type to drop a pipe bomb in his driveway.
The two teenagers had met in a Seaside video arcade during coastal vacations with their parents.
But one of the first faces he saw was a spooky, gaunt visage of a black-clad man, with high, hollowish cheekbones framed in whitish-blond hair.
Almost three years later, those questions are about to be answered, as lawyers prepare for a criminal trial that will start in three weeks at the courthouse in downtown Portland.