Ex-resident threatened 'mass death' in ritzy Aspen

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Police say a man who killed himself after leaving bombs around Aspen, Colo. was a former resident bitter over its transformation into a playground for the rich.

Police say the four gift-wrapped bombs made of gasoline and cell phone parts were left downtown in a bank-robbery attempt, turning New Year's Eve celebrations into a mass evacuation.

The body of James Chester Blanning, who had lived in Denver since 2003, was found Thursday.

Police say Blanning walked into two Aspen banks Wednesday and left packages along with notes saying the boxes contained bombs. The notes threatened "mass death," demanded $60,000 cash and included criticisms of President George W. Bush. Two more packages were found atop a black sled in a downtown alley.

Aspen's police chief says Blanning got about halfway through his plan, then abandoned it.

The town's holiday festivities were held last night to sparse crowds.

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