Houston, TX Dynamite Explosion, Sep 1959

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PATRICIA L. JOHNSTON, a second grade teacher, said ORGERON approached her, handed her two notes and asked her to read them.
She said he kept mumbling something about God and "having power in a suitcase."
She said he was carrying a small, dark suitcase and the little boy was carrying a little brown bag.
"He kept on urging me to get the children in a circle," MISS JOHNSTON said.
She said he showed her his suitcase and a button he was holding in his hand. The button
"looked like a doorbell."
MISS JOHNSTON passed the notes to MRS. KELLER, 54, and another teacher, JULIA WHATLEY.
The teachers summoned MRS. DOTY, who arrived minutes later with MONTGOMERY.
"I told him that he had to leave the school grounds," MRS. DOTY said. "He kept telling me over and over. 'I have to get to the children, I have to follow the children to the second grade.'"
"That is the last thing I know. There was a terrific explosion. I was standing near him talking to him."
MRS. ORGERON said she had seen her former husband last week for the first time since April. She recalled him telling her "I have done so many things to hurt you but I'll never hurt you again because I have found God." He kept repeating "I don't have much longer to live."
The man and the boy had been inseperable companions since the ORGERONS were divorced July 7, 1958. They had been in Altus, Okla., this summer. His former employer there, James Scarborough, said ORGERON mentioned he wanted to go to New Mexico before enrolling his child.
Officers believe he may have bought the dynamite there. On Sept. 10 he and the boy checked into a rooming house here.
Mande Tatum, the boy's grandmother, said when she saw DUSTY he "hugged my neck. PAUL just stood there. They said they'd be back for Sunday dinner."
Mrs. Tatum said ORGERON "acted kind of funny, but I always though he was a little unusual."
After enrolling his son Tuesday, ORGERON apparently walked back to the station wagon. Residents recalled seeing a man walk across the street with a suitcase.
Hundreds of parents and neighbors rushed to the southwest Houston school when the blast shook the area.
Margaret Kindert, a former school teacher, saw blue smoke on the playground and ran toward the school.
"Don't go in lady. It's terrible," a man said. She said she found children all over the school yard.

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