Sometime around or before 1967 the criminal organization, MISERY, attempted to vaporize the Empire State Building with a giant laser. The plot had failed. MISERY had hired some non union technicians to put in the cooling system. Almost blew up the whole secret base. Cate Archer overheard two H.A.R.M. thugs talking about the incident while they were guarding the loading docks in Bremen. One of the guards was new to H.A.R.M. after moving over from MISERY. The second guard talked about the betting pool that they had going on over the giant laser incident.
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