JANUARY 29: Photos reveal potential campus attacker

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ON THIS DATE
in 2001, eighteen-year-old Kelly Bennett (above) spotted some suspicious photographs and alerted the police, preventing a possible campus slaughter.

Developing photos at a Longs Drug Store in San Jose, California, Bennett came across a series of images of a man posing with bombs and firearms. She called the police and successfully delayed the suspect when he arrived for his photographs.

An investigation uncovered a plot by Al DeGuzman, nineteen, to attack the campus of Cupertino’s De Anza Community College the next day with an arsenal of 60 bombs, two rifles, and two sawed-off shotguns.

Formerly a student at the college, DeGuzman was convicted in 2002 of 54 counts of possessing a destructive device and 54 counts of possessing a destructive device with intent to harm.

Prosecutors said that without Bennett’s tip, DeGuzman might have killed at least 50 students.

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