When Madeleine Pulver was in year 12, a balaclava clad man broke into her Sydney home one afternoon and held her hostage, strapping a collar bomb to her neck.
Along with the device, he strapped a USB and a ransom note to her before he disappeared from the scene.
After a 10 hour ordeal which included the bomb disposal unit, counter terrorism command, and police negotiators, it was determined the bomb was fake.
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The Daily Telegraph have new details about that day eight years ago, after gaining access to a dispatch note written by an officer on the scene at the time.
It revealed that Maddie was forced to call her parents, Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver and his wife Belinda, to tell them she was being held hostage.
The officer’s note said that she was ‘distraught’ and spent the entire ordeal thinking she was going to die.
The publication also have an X-ray photo of the ‘bomb’ which showed the intricate goings on inside the fake device, details which made it look real.
Two weeks after the terrifying ordeal, police arrested investment banker Paul Douglas Peters in Kentucky, in the United States, where he’d fled to a few days after the incident. Police found him because of an email address he’d used on the random note.
He was hiding out in his ex-wife’s home and had absolutely no connection to the Pulver family. He plead guilty to the charges against him – aggravated break and enter and detaining for advantage, telling the court he had “difficulty coming to terms with what he did”.
His psychiatrist told the court Peters remembered walking up the steps of the Pulver property at 2pm on that 2011 afternoon, but his next memory jumped to 2 1/2 hours later at his home. It was revealed the then 52-year-old was likely suffering from bipolar disorder.