Don Logan's book, "Targeted Delivery-Destination Scottsdale, Arizona," is the true story of how as a high-ranking African American public official, was targeted for death by what the judge in the case says was "premeditated and done to promote an agenda of hate and racism." 1 Logan's book and speaking engagement tour kicks off in January. The kickoff comes as a TV Documentary on the case premieres on Investigation Discovery Channel January 8, 2013 at 10pm Eastern.
Who is Don Logan? He's a former high-ranking public official who was targeted for death in a plot prosecutors alleged was masterminded by a set of twins.4 It was like any other workday for Don Logan. There was nothing especially different about that day in February 2004, but it was a day that would end up changing him, for the rest of his life. Logan, who is black, was the Director of the Diversity and Dialogue Office for the city of Scottsdale at the time. He'd worked in public service nearly three decades and in this particular role, his job was to work as a liaison to the community in addressing diversity challenges. He was charged with finding harmony and balance in all matters of diversity - to work for peace. So when, on that February morning, he was the target of a mail-bomb attack, Logan could barely believe what had happened to him. 1
It happened when he opened a cardboard box that was addressed to him. In it lay a pipe bomb, not quite 2 inches in length. The bomb exploded in his hands badly injuring him and two other city employees - ripping a 2-inch wide hole into a nearby receptionists' counter. Investigators say Logan was lucky; Logan says he was "blessed." He says had he held that package at a different angle, that 2-inch hole would have ripped through his chest.
He wanted to believe anything but that he was targeted because he was African American. In February 2012, a jury convicted Dennis Mahon of masterminding the attack. The jury acquitted his twin brother. During the trial, prosecutors argued that the Mahon brothers bombed Logan on behalf of a group called the White Aryan Resistance, which they say encourages members to act as "lone wolves" to commit violence against non-whites and the government. 4
In his book, Targeted Delivery-Destination: Scottsdale, Arizona, Logan walks the reader through that horrible day. His memoir is as much about his 30 years as a black city employee in Scottsdale as it is about the explosion of the pipe bomb, the aftermath, the investigation and the ultimate conviction.
"This incident provides a platform to tell my story in educating others on the value of diversity, said Logan. "The chances of anyone surviving a mail-bomb attack are 1 in twenty-two billion. There is still work to be done and I stand ready for the task."
Logan retired from his city job in 2007, but remains committed to and is an advocate for diversity and efforts to create an environment of respect and inclusiveness.
For more information about the book or to submit a request to have Logan as a speaker or media guest, please refer to www.drewberryassociates.com click on the "Don Logan" tab or call 410-814-7555.
2 AZCentral.com, August 16, 2012 "Don Logan's Memoir Recounts Mail Bomb."
3 Investigation Discovery Channel schedule January 8, 2012
4 Valley and State, May 22, 2012 "White Supremacist Gets 40 Years in 2004 Scottsdale Bombing"