Friday, May 14, 2010

The Bomb and Near Demise of Jeanette Barouch


After a long five-year road battling for her freedom from an allegedly abusive husband, and finally gaining it about three years ago, life nearly ended on May 2, 2010 for Jeanette Barouch.

Jeanette had noticed a package from a Houston, TX address labeled ‘Salad Sweepstakes’ from ‘Salad R Us’ in a FedEx box on her porch before leaving for church. The box was placed on top a dollar bill. Since she often enters sweepstakes, she thought nothing of it and took the package inside her home. When she arrived home after church, she opened the package and discovered surrounded by shipping peanuts, was a homemade bomb; a 3-pound bag of powder, black/gray in color, 9mm projectiles, and wires running from the bag to a six-volt lantern battery was inside two salad bowls taped together. Wisely she took the package outside, alerted a neighbor and called the police.

When police arrived, she advised that she suspected her ex-husband, an expert marksman who reloaded his own bullets. Police, using a water cannon, disarmed it and sent its remains to an ATF office for analysis. They discovered the filament of an auto tail light was broken where he inserted it into the gun powder; the broken filament was the reason why the bomb did not explode when Jeanette opened it.

According to Jeanette and friends of hers, David Barouch was controlling and physically abusive to her and their son. Divorcing David was a long ordeal during which time she received threatening messages from David.

Colleyville police and ATF investigators spoke with David Barouch Sunday afternoon. Allegedly Barouch was nervous and sweating but never asked about his ex-wife’s well being.

Police traced the wooden bowls to a Hurst Bed, Bath and Beyond store. Sales records at the store showed only one customer had purchased two of the acacia round salad bowls, and a store video show a man matching David’s description making the purchase on April 14, 2010.

The police obtained a search warrant for David’s home located around 10 miles from Jeanette’s home. His neighbors told LE that David had lived in the home for about five years and seemed in a bad mood all the time.

During a search of his home, LE and ATF agents discovered packaging tape, and bullets similar to the ones used in the bomb; They also found a one-line will bequeathing everything he owned to his sons dated for May 2, a suitcase containing clothing and a note addressed to police that stated it was from a cruise he’d taken. They also discovered handwritten notes on improvised explosive devices. One note to his son stated he had a premonition that he was going to die. He would face death with courage. Allegedly, when they advised him that his fingerprints and DNA were found on the explosive device, (an untruth to attempt getting a confession) he said, “Oh great” and said he didn’t have anything to say about it.

David faces federal charges of manufacturing and possession of an explosive device, a charge that could send him to prison for up to ten years.  

 I have to wonder about the will dated the same day as Jeanette discovered the bomb, and his ‘premonition’ note to his son, if David intended harming himself before the police could arrest him. Or if he wrote that note in an attempt to make it appear he was under severe duress due to the financial setbacks from the divorce; I wonder if he intended to use it as a defense in event he was arrested.

I pray more charges than the federal bomb making and possession charge is lodged against David. He needs to spend the rest of his natural life in prison for attempting to do bodily harm to Jeanette by leaving the bomb at her home. Police believe the dollar bill left beneath the bomb was meant to send a message that it’d be the last dollar she’d ever get from him.


  1. I keep hoping and praying Jeanette stays safe even while her ex husband is imprisoned. I hope too that she uses Susan Murphy Milano's book 'Time's Up: How to Escape Abusive and Stalking Relationships'

    I've felt since reading of the bomb her ex husband, David Barouch, placed on her porch thta she'd greatly benefit from it even now. Her life could still be in danger.

  2. Although David Barouch plead guilty on the charges of possession of an unregistered destructive device in a federal court, I am still concerned for Jeanette's safety. David could be sentenced to 10 years maximum on the charge but what about the attempted murder of his ex-wife? Shouldn't he still go to trial in the Colleyville courts for such a charge? Maybe it's because the bomb failed to explode, I don't know. I just know I am thankful it didn't explode.

    We will know in Oct how many years David gets sentenced. Hopefully, it will be the max sentence allowed and time spent will not be deducted.

  3. well, lucky for him it did not go off,no one deserves that, But I would like to know more of the story about the divorce, how much was she trying to get ? she lives a 350,000 Colleyville home? and she is a substitute teacher ? and all earnings probably taken into consideration 5 years ago when real estate was booming ? will make a great life time movie ,

  4. According to reports the long battle connected to the divorce had ended a couple years prior to David putting the bomb on Jeanette's porch. So obviously, to me, he was a very controlling, narcissist man. Since he was so combative with the divorce then I have no doubts that their life together was riddled with DV instances as reported.

    You will find in these circumstances many times men fight everything, even child support.

  5. Is there any help out there for an ex-wife of a crazy ex would tries to kill her and attorney's that try and take everything she has left, including child support?!!!

  6. Anonymous, I am so sorry for not seeing your comment under this thread. I hope you check in soon and find my response.

    Yes. There is help for you. If you are still experiencing abuse from your ex or anyone I suggest you contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

    I highly recommend your purchasing a copy of: ‘Time’s Up’- A Guide How to Escape Abusive and Stalking Relationships ----- Pay particular attention to Chapter 4: Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit - Please utilize it.

    You can also contact the book's author Susan Murphy Milano at . Email her and give her a short, detailed account of what you are dealing with. She or Delilah will answer the email.

    Again, I sincerely apologize for not answering your comment before today. I will check back often to for any future comments by you or others.

  7. I would like to know if any other charges were filed on Dave. Did they get his office computer? Did they talk with any of his employees or other agents who have worked with /for him? Seems he's gotten away with attempted murder! What a shame! The wife deserves to know she is safe and can have peace! Nobody deserves to go through what she went through! He needs to rot in jail!