Some arsonists are fascinated with fire, others believe it will destroy the evidence of their misdeeds. A look in photos at some recent cases of fire, many of them fatal.
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.
Armin Wand’s wife was reportedly always complaining about wanting more money, so he did the logical thing: set the house on fire with his wife, three sons and daughter inside. When his wife handed him the daughter she rescued, he allegedly tried to put the toddler back inside.
Cathouse star Brooke Phillips was brutally killed with five others. She may not have been the target, but who was and why?
New information has been released in the case of Michael Marin, 53, the Former Wall Street banker suspected of killing himself in court on June 29 after being found guilty of arson. Marin, 53, a one-time millionaire who burned down his house after being unable to pay for it, faced a 15 3/4 year sentence.
Independence, Mo., man Joseph W. Gazafy Jr. was arrested on charges of second-degree arson after he allegedly set the Church of Jesus Christ Outreach Restoration Branch on fire. After confessing he allegedly told an officer "Can I be free? I think I should be able to burn down a church."