What at first appeared to have been a tragic accident is a case of murder, according to authorities in Colorado Springs.
Jeremy Jarnell Anderson, 22, is in jail after police received a call about a “person going ballistic.” Specifically, the caller described a man with a bloody face, kicking a heavy door off its hinges, dousing himself with salt and soap and breaking stuff. The man, however, blames a homosexual demon for his outburst.
Some arsonists are fascinated with fire, others believe it will destroy evidence of their crimes, yet many use fire as a simple, direct way to express rage. A look in photos at some notable cases of attacks with fire, many of them fatal.
Cathouse star Brooke Phillips was brutally killed with five others. She may not have been the target, but who was and why?
A woman who narrowly survived a fire set by her husband is now accused of stealing items at the nursing home where she is recovering. The fire killed her three young sons and unborn baby and left her severely and permanently injured.
Police are searching for answers in the arson attack on a Miami, Fla., man December 25, 2012. Darrell Brackett, 44, who was reportedly filling a gas can Christmas night when he was attacked and set on fire, remains in critical condition with third-degree burns to 75% of his body.
In early March, 2011, 30-year-old Esmeralda Herrera was found dead in her San Antonio home. Her second story apartment was on fire, and fire investigators called the blaze suspicious. Authorities told relatives, who called the deceased woman Emmy, MySanAntionio.com that she’d been tied up. An affidavit stated that Herrera was dead before the fire started; ligature marks were found on her neck and wrists.
This video recorded by security cameras at Skin Deep Tattoo in Sydney, Australia, shows a man entering the parlor, pouring accelerant all over the floor and lighting a match. The parlor goes up in flames, and so do the man’s pants.
On the early hours of the morning of December 4, 1979, the row house occupied by Edith Hastie and her four sons burned down. Firemen immediately suspected that the blaze, which killed three of Edith’s children, was set on purpose. Surely enough, those deaths, and many more that would follow, turned out to be the work of one of Britain’s most prolific killers, Bruce George Peter Lee.
A man whose two children died in a car fire has pleaded guilty to their murders and will serve the rest of his days in prison. Yun avoided the death penalty by taking the plea, and instead agreed to two consecutive life terms.