WAYNE COUNTY, Indiana — I was just about to write up the lame story regarding EquuSearch suing Casey Anthony when I noticed a much more interesting story in a sidebar. A woman in Indiana has been charged with murder after admitting to burning her father alive.
Court records show 30-year-old Nina Holbrook intentionally set her 50-year-old father on fire and admitted to doing it. She told investigators that she called Carl Holbrook to her bedroom where she splashed a cup of camper fuel into his face, then shoved a lit candle into his chest. After setting her father on fire, she climbed out her bedroom window, crossed a field and began walking down the road.
A person who was to meet Carl at the house found him with most of his clothes burned off and suffering burns to most of his body. He would be taken to the hospital, but would later die from his injuries. Carl was able to tell people that it was his daughter who set him on fire, but it really wasn’t necessary. Nina was willingly admitting it to anyone who asked.
While walking along the road after setting her dad on fire, she met her uncle. Harvey Holbrook told authorities when he asked Nina what happened, she told him, “I torched him” and “I set him on fire.”
Kyle Carpenter also saw Nina immediately after she had lit her father like a match and he asked her if she was alright. He said she showed no remorse and smiled. “No sir, I’m fine. Thank you very much,” she allegedly said while giving him a thumbs up.
Police have not released a motive for Nina to kill her father in such a fashion, or if she has even provided one, but neighbors said Carl had been released from prison last Fall after serving time for sex crimes. News Center 7 checked this out and found Carl Holbrook had served time for convictions in 1995 and 2007, for criminal confinement and criminal deviate conduct. Let the speculation begin!
Nina Holbrook has been charged with one felony count of murder and two counts of arson. She’s looking at 45 to 65 years in prison for murder and between 20 and 50 years in prison for each count of arson.