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MEMPHIS, TN – A popular musician is dead after he livestreamed himself pouring kerosene all over his body before setting himself on fire in front of his ex-girlfriend.

The incident happened Saturday morning outside Murphy’s Bar where 33-year-old Jared McLemore began a Facebook Live video that starts with him sitting in a parking lot.

McLemore lifts a red jerry can and completely douses himself with kerosene before a man, realizing what McLemore was about to do, tries to kick a lighter out of McLemore’s hand. He fails, and McLemore is able to ignite himself.

You then see McLemore jump up and run screaming off camera. According to witnesses, McLemore ran towards the bar where his ex-girlfriend, Alyssa Moore, was working as a sound engineer.

According to reports, McLemore had waited until the band playing in the bar had finished their set, knowing Moore would walk away from the soundboard she was operating.

McLemore approached Moore and mumbled a “goodbye” before grabbing her arm and wiping it on his chest to show he was covered in kerosene. He then crossed the street where he then set himself on fire.

Once lit, McLemore ran towards the bar where Moore managed to hold the door shut until the heat became too much for her to stand. McLemore then made it inside the bar where he repeatedly yelled “you made me do this” at Moore. Some patrons thought it was some kind of stunt.

“It looked like a movie, like someone wearing a flame-retardant suit,” said a member of the band playing in the bar.

When people realized it was not a joke, they began throwing towels and beer over McLemore’s burning body in an attempt to put out the flames. McLemore was rushed to the hospital where he would be pronounced dead later that night.

This was reportedly the first day Moore had returned to work after breaking up with McLemore, who has a history of abusing Moore. He was arrested in August 2016 for strangling Moore and in April of this year, he was sentenced to probation for domestic violence charges and ordered to undergo mental evaluations.

Witnesses said Moore had a restraining order against McLemore, but he repeatedly violated it. Guess she doesn’t have to worry about that anymore, yeah?

Edit: Looks like some people were aware the guys was off his rocker. A few days before he torched himself, he sent the following picture to Moore:

I have included the Facebook Live video that you can watch after the following, sanitized news video I have included because it has some eyewitness accounts.


Warning, the following is kinda sorta graphic:

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  • Jesus Christ

  • Well when ya beat women….
    Of all the ways to snuff his own life he chooses fire ????.

  • chrishaagan


  • Old Man Metal

    It’s assholes like this that ruin things for good, decent, hardworking folk who just want to sit in a bar and have a quiet beer. I would say “I hope it hurt” but it obviously did, so *thumbsup*!

  • Old Man Metal


  • Thankfully he only offed himself instead of a bunch of innocent people.

  • Sick what a painful death thats certainly a mental case

  • She must be a mega-bitch to inspire that shit.

  • Old Man Metal

    We do need to give him credit for that.

  • dumwise

    Only 7 comments.? You guys are missing out on a source for good comedy

  • What?

  • Right, because no unstable, abusive person has ever targetted someone out of their own twisted sense of entitlement. -_-

  • Aerysta

    Holy fucking shit.

  • I guess he carried a torch for her!

  • Old Man Metal

    Man, looking at that fireball, the dude that tried to kick the lighter out of his hand is lucky he didn’t get lit up too.

  • Old Man Metal

    “Murphy’s patron Paul Garner tried to stop Jared and ended up hospitalized with second degree burns.”

    Yep. I figured.

  • AtheistPilgrim

    “A popular musician is dead after he livestreamed himself pouring kerosene all over his body before setting himself on fire in front of his ex-girlfriend.”

    “A wannabe musician is dead after…” Fixed that for you.

  • Hey Chris. Maybe he was a mega idiot°

  • dammitall23

    Just a hunk-a hunk-a burnin’ love.

  • Old Man Metal

    Gotta say I was not impressed by his youtube videos. Then again, I don’t go in for that style of pointless, noodly, happy crappy easy-listnin’ stuff.

  • Wow, that’s crazy.

  • Wow! That’s awesome. Everyone pulling together to help this beautiful young woman out, it’s unfortunate, for sure, but at least she has the support and resources to hopefully move on from this tragic incident.

  • sweetd

    Right? He could’ve killed other ppl like that guy that tried to save him.

  • sweetd

    He’s a psychopath that beat his gf, she left and he realized he has no control anymore so the pussy killed himself. I guess you two have something in common?

  • sweetd

    He did I guess second degree burns he’s in the hospital

  • He did a pretty good cover, anyway.

  • I bet he had the idea of grabbing her and burning her up with him, though.

  • Fuck off idiot

  • Perfect!


    What a flaming emo.

  • Lisa Black I thought the same thing.

  • Old Man Metal

    Yeah, saw that in a linked article a few mins after I posted. No surprise, that shit went up like the Hindenberg.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Guess he didn’t like the idea of having to undergo mental health evaluations…

  • Fuck that

  • He was so hot for her


    Holding your own Burning Man festival, is just thirsty.

  • esmerald 2006

    Wait, that is the girlfriend’s picture right?
    Looser, blaming the gf.

  • Yeah moron: it’s fun to be strangled by a lunatic punk with major issues.

  • He must be a mega frustrated and crazy person to do that to himself or any other person instead of get over and go on with his life.. thank god he didn’t harm her

  • Mia

    He poured the kerosene ALL over his body. He is completely engulfed in flames. How the hell did he open his eyes and actually see his way back to the bar and manage to tell his xgf that she made him do this??? It must have taken years to grow all that hair-the asshole should have donated it before offing himself. What a fucking fool!!!

  • He’s the “Burning Bush”?

  • Why does she need a gofundme?

  • People always scream when they light themselves on fire. Like they’re surprised it hurts

  • Leslie Mashmann

    Police reports,arrests, a protection order, mental health – guess nothing was going to change this guy. He must have been severly mentally ill, the kind that should have been put away for his own and everyone elses safety.

  • Taster’sChoice

    Friends don’t let friends FARCEbook

    EDIT: I’d have used the GUN, WTF?

  • Taster’sChoice

    + 10 pts, Lori.

  • Taster’sChoice

    Kerosene doesn’t “go up” quite the same way gasoline does.. It burns more slowly, apparently not slowly enough for the good Samaritan.

  • Taster’sChoice

    Adrenaline. Or meth. Take your pick.

  • Fuckin’ tough crowd today.

  • huh. i played and replayed the moment he lights himself up and i wonder if he was making a big show and didn’t really intend to go up in flames. it appears the lighter was in his right hand, the other guy kicks him, the shoe flies off and hits him in the face, and then the flames come from the left but his right hand doesn’t appear to have made it that far over to the origination point of the flame eruption. i think the kerosene can scraping on the blacktop ignited the fuel. would that be possible?

  • Rosha Webb

    All I could think was that I kinda dug the music coming from the club… Wonder who was playing?

  • Did that girl a favor.

  • She got him all fired up.

  • Was he actually popular or just well known?

  • Natural selection. Moving along now.

  • velvetjoneslives

    I never understood how anyone could actively choose to go out this way. When I was around 16 my arms caught fire while working on a carburetor. Some gas squirted on me and ignited. I was only on fire for about two or three seconds but that was the most un-f*****ing believable pain I’ve ever experienced. I didn’t even suffer any really damage. It just looked like I had been sunburned. I can’t imagine my whole body in flames.

  • Because any excuse is a good excuse for a GoFundMe ????

  • Exactly

  • FruitLoop

    Down vote

  • i hope jared macklemore is better than regular macklemore

  • Dre Mosley

    If I’m in control of my own life ending, damned if I’m gonna suffer. Burning alive is like the worst way to go.

  • DeDe Williams

  • Beer money.

  • That’s a real example of someone really having the hots for you

  • White people.

  • ThrillHouse

    I’d guess for the therapy, because I feel like I need therapy just imagining the nightmare of escaping a violent and crazy ex only to have the image (literally) burned into my mind of him coming at me (at my fucking job no less) dying, on fire, screaming “you made me do this”.

  • ThrillHouse

    he was probably very well known…. for being a fucking psychopath

  • Therapy ain’t cheap.

  • He totally should have done that mid-gig from the stage..THEN, he’d be “popular”

  • He must have been fuming mad…………………..

  • when guns are outlawed then only outlaws will have angst ridden musicians

  • Rae Lin

    At least this one got the order right, and did himself first! :/

  • Sejanus

    No loss

  • taffy550

    Looking at the video, I don’t think the little chicken shit was actually going to do. It looks like whoever tried to knock the lighter out of his hand may have caused him to flick his Bic. Either way not much of a lose. just saying.

  • Someone else got burned and needs help with medical bills also, I think I read somewhere

  • Hope mine out-does that one.

  • Stupid people.

  • Yeah but that guy that tried to save him got burned pretty bad they started a go fund me…that’s why you can’t help ppl

  • Last ditch effort of a controlling psychopath

  • Memphis is world for their BBQ, just not from white guys.

  • That too.

  • Diva of Destruction

    So this bar allows smoking? This idiot was no Buddhist monk. I hope they have an open casket at his funeral, I bet he looks like meatloaf with eyes.

  • Cue Alicia Keys…This man is on fire… this man is on fire.

  • Lisa Black I read yesterday that he did intend to run and grab her while on fire. She caught on to that and tred to hold club door shut. So sadly it looks that ours thought was correct. What an asshole.

  • Jennifer Rossiter –I’m glad she thought fast! Now she’s shut of the asshole, but she’s apt to have some serious PTSD for a whiile.

  • It’s like when you get that present you’ve always wanted. You kinda, sorta *knew* that’s what it would be, but you can’t help hollering when you find out.
    Seriously, though–that’s got to suck so bad. With every breath you draw in to scream, you’re drawing fire and burning fumes of yourself into your lungs. Nasty.

  • She’s a self employed sound engineer whose equipment was destroyed by fire,water, and fire extinguisher. On top of having to go to therapy for watching someone try to kill her..again.

  • Ann Roh

    Sounds like this human torch scum was trying to take her with him. I’m thankful he only took himself out!

  • Ann Roh

    Now I’m gonna have Bruce Springsteen stuck in my head all day…”Hey, little girl is your daddy home…”

  • Lisa Black Right! Good riddance to that jackass.

  • dammitall23

    Not anymore!

  • Old Man Metal

    Yeah, that’s what surprised me… I use kerosene to start “yard waste” fires and it’s generally pretty chill. Not in this case.

  • Matt Esquire

    That’s going to be a hard show to top.

  • Matt Esquire

    Putting out a fire with kerosene…

  • Matt Esquire

    Dude, that is the most metal form of suicide ever. You ought to give him props. The woman predictably makes it all about her.


    I think he’s black now …

  • BG

    I’d guess the water content in his eyes made those puppies boil and then explode. I read too much…

  • BG

    Huh? First person I knew of that did this was black… Fucker did it across the street from my grade school as we were being released for Christmas Break.

  • Old Man Metal

    Killing yourself because your girlfriend left you isn’t metal at all, regardless of how you do it. Emo, maybe, if we have to file it under a music genre, but definitely not metal. It’s a bitch move, and metal’s not about bitch moves.

    No offense, but I have to question if you really know the first fucking thing about metal, because it doesn’t sound like it.

  • Old Man Metal

    Well in that case, I take back his credit and give it to the fast-thinking ex-girlfriend.

  • Matt Esquire

    You don’t know shit about metal, son.

  • Matt Esquire

    No offense.

  • link07

    Yeah she didn’t “make” him do any of this.

  • GGMon

    Old Man Metal be nice!
    It’s more like screamo. Whiny and dramatic

  • Sara Roybal … what a trip huh? he looks like a guy we woulda dated :0

  • Everyone is popular after they are dead

  • patrickdh10

    Man,not the way I’d have chosen to make a point.

  • If she had a restraining order, why were they working at the same venue

  • Old Man Metal

    Hahahaha! And “son,” no less. You have yourself a nice day, now.

  • LA Woman

    IDK it looks like the would be hero is the one who actually ignited him maybe it was just a show for attention initially until Kung Fu Panda got involved and kicked the lighter on. Maybe he had a change of heart but we’ll never know.
    Oh and the good for nothing news wrote man dies ((keyword–> dies)) followed by … “after attempt suicide” .another (( keyword–> attempt)) .. he’d be alive if it was an “attempt’.
    It reminded me the time the news wrote (“man was killed to death”) … No shit really?

  • He’s cute and plays guitar. Girls will put up with a ton of bullshit for that combo.

  • Josh

    Guess again.

  • Josh

    You could see the look of fear in his eyes when he realized someone helped him follow through with his plan.

  • Josh

    It says breaking news, and when news breaks, they fix it.

  • Matt Esquire

    You have a large day.

  • Josh

    Alcohol abuse is pouring beer on a dead man.

  • I have one on my sons dad and we work at the same facility.

  • I kept rewatching it too. Doesn’t look like he sets himself on fire.

  • anosmia

    The details in that GoFundMe are brutal. This woman is a hero for trying to save so many people when her own life was in danger, and to that end, I’m thrilled to see that the GoFundMe has surpassed their original goal many times over!

  • dammitall23

    A couple days later and this fucker is *still* pissing me off. “Mr. Sensitive” there gets butthurt when his girlfriend can no longer deal with his Bipolar Disorder and his battering her and takes out a restraining order against him. So his brilliant solution is to commit suicide in the most painful way he can envision, and try to grab onto her so he can burn her up with him or at least fuck her up bad enough with scar tissue that no one else is likely to want her. Once he lit himself, he *knew* exactly how painful it was, yet still wanted to inflict that on somebody he claimed to love.

    I don’t know, but I’m betting he wasn’t taking his Bipolar meds, and I don’t know, but I’m betting he’d been prescribed some but wouldn’t take them because he “didn’t like how they made him feel.”
    And I don’t KNOW, but I’m betting he didn’t end up liking how flaming kerosene made him feel, either, and I’m betting he wished he’d stuck with the meds. Fucking petulant jackass.

  • Ann Roh

    I only know two things about metal.
    1. Metallica played the USSR and communism ended there.
    2. Every dude I’ve ever met that was into metal was a consummate gentlemen.

  • Ann Roh

    I needed that laugh, so kudos on being so risible comment.

  • Old Man Metal

    Fire: The Great Racial Equalizer

  • Old Man Metal

    “I’m burnin’ I’m burnin’ I’m burnin’ for you…”

  • dammitall23

    Whoops! Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

  • Flik Rust

    what an idiot.

  • dilldoeh

    At least he knew how to put on a show. Good for him.

  • Big Stan

    Ooh, ooh, ooh,
    I feel my temperature rising
    Help me, I’m flaming
    I must be a hundred and nine
    Burning, burning, burning
    And nothing can cool me
    I just might turn into smoke
    But I feel fine

  • keepalow

    I bet that long greasy hair smelled horrible wile it was burning.

  • Ran-rex

    I mean I dont condone this crap either but she did make it all about her. agofundme page????? are you kidding me? what about HIS FAMILY. and I really really doubt she held the door closed to save people. I mean the only hero was that guy who tackled him right when it lit up.


    He threatened to kill her “on two separate occasions?” I guess he didn’t know how death works. You only get to kill someone, even yourself, one time. Really, all I can think is “what an asshole he must have been.” Going out with a big show. Sick and stupid. I hope his exgf never thinks about him again and has a long and happy life.

  • CheckeredPresent

    what does this even mean, something being ‘metal’ or not? I didn’t realize metal music had a whole culture of behavior , like goth has a culture. There are lots of chicks who go for the long-haired guitar-playing type guy like him, he could have had a new gf the same day. Too bad somehow he didn’t get help before this happened, maybe someone should start a metal-oriented support group for disaffected young men, as long as they don’t encourage this kind of crazy.

  • Old Man Metal

    “what does this even mean, something being ‘metal’ or not? I didn’t realize metal music had a whole culture of behavior , like goth has a culture.”

    It does. And not everyone who listens to metal IS metal, if you can grok that.

  • CheckeredPresent

    Yes, grokked. So what would have been the metal thing to do in your estimation? What he did to me seems more like something they do in the middle east than any kind of normal.

  • Old Man Metal

    In my (arguably irrelevant) opinion, the metal thing to do would have been to have enough confidence in your big, bad self to walk away like a man and find someone even better. No stalking, clinging, or other weak-ass behavior. Certainly no self-destruction.

    It’s worth noting that the only reason that “metal” came into this conversation is that some idiot above felt like, because of my user name, and the fact that bitchboy set himself on fire (and I guess fire = metal because Beavis), I should appreciate how he killed himself and therefore I should give bitchboy props. I don’t, and I won’t.

    I agree 100% with your closing conclusion. 🙂

  • CheckeredPresent

    Beavis is some kind of metal poster boy? Say it isn’t so! I thought metal dudes didn’t do weird middlee-easty/goth-emo crap like this in general. Same would go for any kind of “ima git me some medieval weaponry and keep the ex in a dungeon’. any of that s*(t is super lame. There’s plenty of chicks who dig metal dudes/musicians and no chick is worth doing something cuckoo for cocoa puffs like this.

  • Ran-rex

    I thought that too. that the guy could have started the blaze trying to put it out and what if the whole time the guy was running around on fire he was screaming SOMEONE PUT ME OUT

  • Ran-rex

    how is your med treatment going dammitall?

  • dammitall23

    ‘Bout the same. That electroshock therapy do you any good?