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"Too much coincidence to be coincidence."
— Ron Hartley

The Cokeville Miracle is about a madman taking a school hostage and the miracles that happened during it.


  • Adult Fear: An elementary school gets taken hostage by a deluded man and his cloudcuckoolander wife. The parents react to the news as well as you'd expect. Especially Ron, who was the only sheriff in town that day and was two hours away from the school, and despite his efforts, he doesn't make it back in time before the bomb sets off.
  • Arc Words:
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    • "The air will burn."
    • "Too much coincidence to be a coincidence."
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Doris.
  • Driven to Suicide: After David’s plan fails, David goes into the bathroom to shoot himself.
  • Enforced Method Acting: The actor playing David Young was told not to interact with the children, just so their reaction would be real.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: Despite the bomb going off and all of the shrapnel going all over the room, not a single child got killed. It’s implied that divine intervention was the cause of this since the bomb was tested to have the power to be able to kill everyone before the incident itself but had been weakened because of things such as the cut wires, gasoline leaking, and said gasoline preventing the flammable dust from launching into the air and cause an even bigger explosion as well as beings of pure white protecting the kids and beings that are glowing like lightbulbs redirecting the bomb’s explosion.
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  • Mercy Kill: Doris is set on fire by the bomb and is put out of her misery by David.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: It's inspired by the 1986 hostage crisis of Cokeville Elementary School. The children reported seeing angels appearing to tell them to go to the window before the bomb went off.
  • Would Hurt a Child: David having no hesitation to blow up close to a hundred kids in a single room if he doesn’t get his $200 million and threatening the principal by planning to shoot the kids if he doesn’t come back from his call to request his $200 million in 15 minutes more than qualifies him for this.
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