New York, NY – Things seem to happen in threes around here, and horrifying elevator deaths are no exception. Within the last week or so, we’ve reported on two separate incidents of women becoming the victim of a malfunctioning elevator and dying in a way best reserved for the worst of nightmares.
On Saturday, a 73-year-old woman in New York died in an elevator, but this was not because of a mechanical malfunction. The poor woman was murdered in one of the most horrifying ways imaginable after a man sprayed her with with a flammable liquid and then set her on fire.
Surveillance footage captures Delores Gillespie as she is about to step out of an elevator on the fifth floor of her apartment building when 47-year-old Jerome Isaac barges in wearing what looks like an exterminator’s outfit. He immediately begins spraying Gillespie in the face and body with some type of flammable liquid from a canister he is carrying.
As the elderly woman retreats to the back of the elevator in an attempt to protect herself, Isaac lights a rag stuffed inside a bottle and uses the flame to set Gillespie on fire before tossing the Molotov cocktail into the elevator. Still not finished, Isaac sprays Gillespie’s burning body some more before fleeing down a set of stairs.
One neighbor said he heard loud screams before smoke started filling the hallways. By time firefighters and police arrived, Gillespie had been burned beyond recognition and pronounced dead at the scene.
After setting fire to his own apartment, Isaac turned himself in to police reeking of gasoline and displaying a singed face. His reason for burning the poor woman to death? Police say he was angry over $2000 he felt Gillespie owed him for some chores he had performed while living with the woman. Neighbors say she had recently kicked Isaac out of her apartment because she had caught him stealing from her.
This heinous act has not only shaken up the friends and family of Gillespie, it has even shocked hardened detectives who have probably seen things you couldn’t even imagine.
“I’ve never seen any shit like this, and I’ve been doing this a long time,” said an unnamed detective.
Police have charged Isaac, also known as “Can Man” by others in the neighborhood, with two counts of murder and arson. No doubt Isaac will be another entry in the annals of urban legendry where kids will one day dare each other to say the name “Can Man” three times while looking into a mirror in a dark room.Arson, Burning, Crime, Delores Gillespie, Elevator, Jerome Isaac, Murder, New York