A scrupulously honest analysis of governmental inertia, irresponsibility, and culpability. A sobering indictment of an urban tragedy.
Let the Bunker Burn examines the events that took place in Philadelphia on May 13, 1985, during a confrontation with a cult named MOVE. City officials, including the mayor, approved a police plan to drop a bomb on the MOVE house. The explosion caused a raging fire that was allowed to burn out of control until it had consumed sixty-one homes and eleven MOVE members, including several children. In the aftermath there were cover-ups, excuses and perjury. Bowser reveals disturbing conclusions about how the children were killed, why the bomb was dropped, and why the fire was permitted to burn unchecked.
About the Author
Charles W. Bowser is a Philadelphia attorney. He was Philadelphia’s first African American deputy mayor and was also a member of the commission that investigated the MOVE tragedy.