In the summer of 1942, a fifty-seven year old engineer and local eccentric by the name of Frank Critzer was known for two things: as the owner/operator of the Giant Rock airstrip in Landers in the Mojave Desert, and as the man who lived alone - under a rock. The Giant Rock. During a criminal investigation Critzer caused a quantity of dynamite, stored in his home, to explode. Critzer was killed immediately while the three deputies suffered non-fatal wounds. But why?
This lecture will focus on the forensic evaluation and post-blast investigation as well as address the many rumors and inconsistencies about this most bizarre case.
Mike Digby retired as a detective/bomb technician after serving 34 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and seven years with the United States Army.
The project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.