Bombed Bathrooms Land Pirate In Can

    May 24, 2007

A man once known as the Internet’s most notorious pirate of music and movies has been sentenced to prison for five years for blowing up portable toilets.

Bruce Forest, 50 began his war on toilets in 2005 and 2006. In a plea agreement he admitted to destroying one toilet in Weston, Connecticut in February of 2006.

No one was injured in any of the explosions and Forest’s attorney along with his wife maintain that his behavior was out of character.

Forest was dubbed the "Prince of the Darknet" after being identified as an Internet pirate in the late 1990’s by J.D. Lasica in his book "Darknet: Hollywood’s War Against the Digital Generation"

Forest was never convicted of piracy and has maintained his innocence. He had a successful career in the music business in the 1980’s and produced music for Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and Whitney Houston.

The majority of the explosions happened at night in remote areas. The explosives were a mixture of chemicals according to police. Prosecutors said he detonated the bombs using an assault rifle.

Forest’s wife said he had been addicted to painkillers he took for migraine headaches and was prescribed a drug to help ease him off the medication, which caused him to have psychotic episodes.