Woman Visited by Police After Researching Pressure Cookers

Friday, 02 Aug 2013 10:00 AM

By Cathy Burke

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A New York woman says her family's interest in the purchase of pressure cookers and backpacks led to a home visit by six police investigators demanding information.

The investigators’ interest was piqued by the computer search history of the woman’s husband at his former job, the Suffolk County Police Department said. They quickly determined, however, there was no criminality involved.

Authorities have said the bombs used at the Boston Marathon in April, which killed three people and wounded more than 260, involved pressure cookers placed in backpacks.

Michele Catalano, who lives on Long Island, said her web searches for pressure cookers, her husband's hunt for backpacks and her "news junkie" son's craving for information on the Boston bombings created a "perfect storm of terrorism profiling," The Guardian reported.

Catalano was at work, but her husband was sitting in the living room as the police arrived Wednesday. She retold the experience in a blog post Thursday.

Police later said the probe was prompted by searches her husband had for pressure cooker bombs and backpacks made at his former workplace. The former employer, believing the searches to be suspicious, alerted police, The Guardian reported.

"All I know is, if I'm going to buy a pressure cooker in the near future, I'm not doing it online," Catalano wrote on the blog.




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