Stanley Ray Bond

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Stanley Ray Bond
Born (1944-10-30)October 30, 1944
Died May 24, 1972(1972-05-24) (aged 27)
Walpole, Massachusetts
Criminal charge murder, armed robbery
Criminal status deceased

Stanley Ray Bond (October 30, 1944 – May 24, 1972) was a former convict who enrolled at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He was arrested for a bank robbery conducted to obtain funds for anti-Vietnam War efforts. Previously, he had served as a Private First Class in the United States Army in the Vietnam War.[1] During the bank robbery, a Boston Police Department officer was shot and killed, with Bond and several accomplices captured following the robbery. Bond later died in prison awaiting trial when a bomb he built to use for an escape detonated prematurely.[2]


In February 1970, Bond enrolled at Brandeis University as part of a government sponsored program for ex-convicts out on parole.[3] There he became involved with the National Student Strike Force.[3] This organization advocated strikes across the country by students as a protest to the Vietnam War.[3] It also supported the Black Panthers.[citation needed] While involved with the anti-war movement Bond met Susan Saxe and Katherine Ann Power, becoming involved with Power romantically.[3]

Robbery and death[edit]

These three, along with ex-convicts William Gilday and Robert Valeri, made plans to rob a bank in order to finance the activities of the Black Panthers.[2] First the group burglarized and torched a Massachusetts National Guard armory on September 20, 1970, stealing ammunition.[3] Then, on September 23, in order to finance their anti-war activities, the five robbed a Brighton, Massachusetts bank of $26,000.[2] During the holdup, Gilday shot police officer Walter A. Schroeder in the back and killed him.[2][3]

Bond, Gilday, and Valeri were all captured soon after the robbery. Saxe remained at large until 1975 and Power until 1993.[2] On May 24, 1972, Bond died at Walpole State Prison. His remains were interred at Los Angeles National Cemetery in California on July 2, 1972.[4][5]


  1. ^ NGL Search Stanley Ray Bond
  2. ^ a b c d e Carlson, Margaret (September 27, 1993). "Return of the Fugitive". Time. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Wilson, Bradford P. (October 1993). "Dubious Sympathies". On Principle. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  4. ^ Gravesite of Stanley Ray Bond at the Wayback Machine (archived July 7, 2007). Anarchist Black Cross Federation. Originally retrieved on February 29, 2008.
  5. ^ VA National Grave Locator Service

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