Morgan Gliedman, 27, and boyfriend Aaron Greene, 31, were arrested earlier this month after police “found explosives and illegal firearms at their Manhattan apartment.”
The news sent shockwaves throughout the couple’s lower Manhatttan community, as Gliedman comes from a successful and well-known Jewish family. Her mother, Susyn Schops Gliedman, is one of the top real estate brokers at Prudential Douglas Elliman. Morgan’s father, Dr. Paul Gliedman, is the director of radiology at Beth Israel hospital. Greene also comes from a well to do Jewish family, as the “preppy hippie” is the son of a privileged millionaire architectural restorer.
Gliedman was nine months pregnant during the time of her arrest on Saturday, December 29, and gave birth under police custody to a baby girl named Melody Sunshine. This spawned the media to coin her as “Bomb Mom,” which bares an eerie resemblance to last year’s notorious “Tot Mom,” a nickname given to Casey Anthony by newscaster Nancy Grace.
Authorities got a tip to search the couple’s West 9th street home in late December by an acquaintance who recently visited the apartment and reported their suspicious activity. Following up with the lead, police evacuated occupants of the couple’s building and searched the apartment. Inside, they discovered two shotguns, tracer ammunition, shotgun shells, a grenade launder, and 7 grams of HMTD, an explosive powder that was allegedly used in the 2005 London Underground bombings, reports a media source.
In addition, reading material found at the scene included: “Terrorist Encyclopedia,” “FM 5-25 Explosives and Demolition,” “FM 5-31 Booby Traps,” “Improvised and Modified Firearms: Deadly Homemade Weapons” and “The Do It Yourself Submachine Gun,” reports the NY Post.
“I’m absolutely enraged some idiotic rich girl was messing around with explosives 100 feet from where I live,” a neighbor told the Huffington Post. A different news source quotes another neighbor recalling, “they kept the apartment filthy and they had vermin problems. To be honest, you could smell him [Greene] before you saw him.”
According to NYPD investigators, Greene told pals he planned to use the explosives to blow up Washington Square Arch.
“There were two shotguns and high capacity magazines,” police commissioner Ray Kelly said at a press conference following the discovery. “I think that gives us pause for thought as to whether or not we should pay attention to the statement about whether or not someone is going to blow up anything. He also had a high quantity HTMD in his possession so yeah, we take that statement very seriously.”
While Greene’s motives remain unclear, police have uncovered alarming letters written by the suspect, including one with the words “kill them all” and signed with a Nazi SS symbol that is still being used by neo-Nazi groups to date. However, the New York times reports Greene’s lawyers have since disputed the claims; “To state that the young man is a neo-Nazi when this is a man who comes from a family devastated by the Holocaust, based upon a mere doodle, is more than unfair, it is unforgivable,” Greene’s lawyers said in a statement.
Prior to their arrest, both Gliedman and Greene have had their fair share of run-ins with the law. Gliedman was formally arraigned for charges of grand larceny last year, when she met a guy at a local Greenwich bar and stole his backpack, containing his wallet, laptop, cellphone, credit cards, and 80 dollars in cash. About a week later, both Gliedman and Greene were arrested while shooting heroin in a parked car in the streets of Harlem. Greene is reported to have cautioned the approaching officer, “I have a… rifle in the trunk.” The officer found the .223 caliber rifle Greene was referring to, and sentenced him to five months in jail, the Huffington Post reports.
Dr. Gliedman hired the best bondsman in town to bail his daughter out of jail: the charismatic Ira Judelson, coined by the NY Times as the “bail bondsman to the stars.” Hung up in the famous bondsman’s office is a picture of rapper Ja Rule sporting a t-shirt with the print “got bail,” Judelson’s signature, as well as a picture of a famous female client with his name tattooed on her shoulder.
The investment paid off, as Morgan Gliedman was released on a $150,000 bail and sent to 30-day rehab program last week. Greene remains in police custody at Rikers Island, and with no bail set, he is set to appear back in court January 29th.