The scheme never came to fruition, though. The individual contacted law enforcement and worked with them to recover the explosives and bring charges against Barnett.
Hey, look at Warren Buffett over here. Cute little effort to manipulate the stock market through terrorism. Unless you were excommunicated from the League of Shadows, this is tough to pull off (I insert Batman references because I have to, not because I want to. JK I want to).
You know in movies when they say “it’s so crazy that it just might work?” That’s what Mark Barnett was going for here. He has a history of failed garden-variety crimes like kidnapping and grand theft, and when those didn’t work, he decided to go full-retard.
My guess is that one day, he said “I need to start thinking outside the box. Hmmm. Box. Bombs in a box! What’s my target? Target!” And with the simple brainpower of a child, he put out a craigslist ad.
Wanted: terrorist/bomb maker with a car, must have knowledge of department stores. Serious inquiries only!
Of course he ended up with a snitch and his plan failed. But something tells me this isn’t the last time we’ve heard from Mark Barnett. Without a doubt, he’ll be pitching terrible ideas to a merry band of minions like Dr. Evil once he gets out of jail.