When the bomb was accidentally triggered many believe a miracle took place - angels saving the lives of the innocent.
Hostages and Manifesto
The Youngs then chose one of the classrooms to be the staging area from which to carry out "the Biggie". They then proceeded to take hostage all of the students, teachers and staff, gathering all 154 people (some sources state up to 167) into a small classroom that normally held 30 students.
He had sent off letters carrying his manifesto "zero=infinity" to President Ronald Reagan, several media outlets and the head of Chadron State College. Young also demanded a audience with the president and $2million dollars per hostage taken (amounting to a bit over $300million).
(David Youngs manifesto can be read here: http://www.subgenius.com/bigfist/FIST2000-4/rants/X0021_ZERO_EQUALS_INFINITY.html)
Angels in the Classroom
About two hours in, some of the teachers and students joined one another for silent prayer and it was about here that something strange began to happen. Some students began to hear disembodied voices tell them that something big was about to happen but not to be afraid. Others saw beautiful figures in white move about the room. A few got glimpses of dead relatives telling them not to be afraid and one radiant lady in white appeared, told the gathered people to start moving towards the windows and that they would all be spared.
Shortly thereafter, about two and a half hours into the hostage situation, Doris Young suddenly jerked her arm and the bomb detonated. Fire and scorching black smoke quickly filled the room and the teachers quickly decided to act. With the windows blown out they helped students leave the building and then quickly followed. John Miller, the music teacher, took a bullet to the back as David Young re-entered the room.
Doris Young was writhing in agony on the ground so David put her out of her misery - a gun shot killing her instantly. He then took his own life.
The only two people to lose their lives that day were the two hostage takers. Both were highly spiritual people, believing in reincarnation, so maybe their last thoughts were they were to be reborn.
Media and news photographs of the scene soon surfaced and it was one such photograph that many believe reinforces just what happened that day. With students and teachers giving corroborating stories of angels seen in that classroom just before the bomb went off, not many were surprised with what was found.
Does this photograph show the image of one of the angels that saved the lives of all the innocent that day?
Was it a miracle, as so many have called it, that caused the bomb to malfunction?
Or is it just a freak happening, a few coincidences topped off with a strange 'shape' by chance burned into the wall?