California – Just when I thought I’ve covered just about every horrible death imaginable, five women died inside a burning limo while out celebrating the upcoming wedding of one of the victim, 31-year-old Neriza Fojas.
While crossing the San Mateo-Hayward bridge Saturday night, the white stretch Lincoln caught on fire. The driver, 46-year-old Orville Brown, pulled over when the women got his attention, thinking the women were asking him to stop so they could smoke.
“She said, ‘No smoke – smoke smoke…pull over pull over pull over,’” Brown recalled. “I saw the smoke, pulled over, by the time I was getting out the car there was a lady coming over the partition.”
He said he helped three other women escape the fiery limo, but was unable to help the bride-to-be and four other women. They ended up trapped inside and were all killed in the fire.
Police would later say that the victims were burned beyond recognition and had to be identified by their dental records. County coroner Robert Foucrault told NBC that the victims were found lying on top of each other, with one dying while trying to climb through the partition that separates the passenger compartment from the driver’s.…Continue Reading
Oklahoma City, OK – David Smith has been accused of setting his father on fire because he was angry that his father asked him to turn down his music.
Police responding to a house on Monday found a 60-year-old man being treated by paramedics for burn injuries on his face and legs. The man told police he and his son, 38-year-old David Smith, got into an argument when he asked his son to turn down his music on a stereo. David, ever the loser, responded by turning up the volume and throwing his stereo remote at his father.
He then went to the kitchen to retrieve a gas can, poured gasoline on his father, then threw a cigarette lighter on him, causing him to catch on fire. A woman, possibly the victim’s wife, was in the house when the incident occurred and backed up the man’s story.
“All I saw was fire somebody walking in fire and it was my husband,” said the victim’s wife, Tammy Smith. “He couldn’t get the cloths off fast enough.”
The victim was taken to the hospital suffering from serious burns to his his hand, arms, stomach, back of his legs and his ankles.…Continue Reading
Long Beach, CA - Raymond Clark, 38, has been arrested after being accused of setting a 63-year-old man on fire in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven.
According to reports, Clark is known in the neighborhood and was seen begging for change in the parking lot of the convenience store moments before he allegedly doused the victim, who was sitting in his vehicle, with a flammable liquid and setting him on fire.
“He’s always outside the 7-Eleven asking for money and smoking cigarettes,” said an unidentified man.
A customer inside the store said that he happened to look up and see Clark ”walking on a mission” toward the Toyota 4-Runner the victim was sitting in, and throw what looked like a bottle into the vehicle.
“It was crazy,” he said. “The vehicle went up in flames immediately, just totally engulfed. It was all flames. It became so hot in 7-Eleven that I moved towards the back of the store because I thought the windows were going to blow.”
The victim stumbled out of his vehicle while witnesses tried using fire extinguishers to put out the flames that had engulfed the victim’s vehicle and had spread to the car parked beside it. The man suffered severe burns to his upper torso and was transported to the hospital where he is listed in critical condition.…Continue Reading
Daly City, CA – Back in 2011, we reported on 39-year-old Jesusa Tatad, the woman who poured boiling water on her sleeping ex-husband and then whacked him with a baseball bat. On Wednesday, Tatad pleaded guilty to second-degree murder after the man died from his injuries.
Tatad and her ex-husband, 36-year-old Ronnie Tatad, were still living together in 2011 after their divorce three years prior. Tatad said Ronnie had promised to re-marry her and bring their two daughters, aged 9 and 14, back from the Philippines to live with them.
But the years passed and Ronnie never re-married her and he never brought their children home. To add insult to injury, Ronnie had gotten himself a girlfriend. In retaliation, Tatad waited for Ronnie to fall asleep, then dumped a pot of boiling water on him. When Ronnie jumped up and ran to the bathroom, Tatad whacked him in the head with a baseball bat.
Ronnie ran from the apartment half-naked, and was found hiding behind a car by a maintenance worker who called 911.…Continue Reading
TEMPE, AZ - Andrew Kent is facing assault charges after the 21-year-old jackass tossed vodka into a bonfire at an Arizona State University frat party, severely burning two teenage girls.
One of the victims is a 17-year-old high school student from California who was at ASU on a recruiting trip, the other is an 18-year-old female ASU student. Both girls were invited to a party at a fraternity house located off campus.
According to Tempe Sgt. Michael Pooley, the party had been going on since Friday and there were about 300 people present and a lot of underage drinking going on.
According to witnesses, the teen was standing next to a a bonfire when Kent, a junior at ASU and a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, threw a vodka bottle into a bonfire. The resulting explosion set the two teen girls on fire.
Both teens suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns as a result. The 17-year-old sustained severe burns to her legs, while the 18-year-old sustained serious burns from the back of her shoulder to the back of her legs.…Continue Reading
CLARKSVILLE, TN - A jury in Tennessee found 52-year-old Karen Jeffries guilty of assault charges after she dumped a pot of hot oatmeal on her husband.
Back in 2011, Jeffries was arrested after she dumped a hot pot of oatmeal on her husband, Douglas Jeffries, while he was sleeping in a chair. Douglas would suffer second- and third-degree burns to to his back, chest and shoulder.
Karen Jeffries was charged with reckless aggravated assault, but has always maintained her actions were made in self-defense. Testifying in her own defense, Karen told the jury that on the night before the incident, the couple were on their way to Bible Study when Douglas confronted her about going through his cell phone.
She actually had gone through his cell phone, she said, but only because she suspected her husband was dealing drugs and she was looking for proof. The following morning, she says her husband began questioning her about his cell phone again, stating he was going to hurt her if she didn’t tell the truth.
“He was angry. I don’t know if it was work-related, personal or I’d made him mad.…Continue Reading
PITTSBURGH, PA – Police have arrested 27-year-old Clinton Cohen after they say he poured perfume on the mother of his child, then set her on fire.
Early Thursday morning, police responded to a domestic disturbance and found 22-year-old Maria Redman suffering from multiple injuries after getting into an altercation with her boyfriend, Clinton Cohen.
During the argument, Cohen allegedly punched and choked Redman before pulling perfume out of her purse, dousing her with it, then using a cigarette lighter to set her on fire. Before he fled the apartment, Cohen used a blanket to try put out Redman as she rolled around on the floor.
Redman was transported to the hospital in critical but stable condition, suffering burns to over 30 percent of her body . “She has a long battle ahead of her,” Lt. Jeff Korczyk said. The couple’s 3-month-old baby, who was in the apartment at the time of the attack, was unharmed.
“While this whole thing was going on, she was in the room,” Korczyk said. “In fact, the child had some blood on her from her mother.”
Clinton was arrested on Saturday and has been charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault.…Continue Reading
San Francisco, CA – Police in San Francisco are looking for 22-year-old Dexter Oliver after they say he set his girlfriend on fire during an argument over laundry.
On Sunday, 25-year-old Starr Lamare was with Oliver at a local laundromat. The couple had only been dating for six months and, according to friends, they argued frequently. On this particular day the couple were arguing over clothes.
“My sister wanted to leave her clothes at the laundromat so they could get washed but he didn’t want to leave them there,” said Lamare’s sister, Precious Craig. “She said she does it all the time, but he got mad and threw the clothes down.”
Oliver left the laundromat but returned shortly after with a container of gas that he used to douse Lamare before setting her on fire. Oliver grabbed her purse and fled the scene on foot. A screaming Lamare was able to remove a burning sweater she was wearing, and began running the few blocks home.
Emergency crews picked her up and rushed her to the burn unit of St. Francis Memorial Hospital.…Continue Reading
Van Nuys, CA – Police have accused 24-year-old Dennis Petillo of pouring a flammable liquid on a homeless woman sleeping on a bus bench and then setting her on fire. He has been booked into jail on suspicion of attempted murder.
Witnesses say that at about 1 a.m. Thursday, Petillo walked out of the 24-hour Walgreens near Van Nuys Boulevard and Sherman Way. He then poured a liquid — possibly rubbing alcohol — on a homeless woman as she slept on a nearby bus bench, then set her ablaze with a match.
“It was like when you pour gasoline on something, like an explosion,” said Erickson Ipina, who followed Petillo after he took off running. “I pulled out my cellphone and called 911, and then he just turned back on me and pulled out a knife,” said Ipina.
The victim’s identity has not been officially released, but friends say she is Flo “Violet” Parker, a woman in her 60s and a fixture of the neighborhood. She was listed in critical condition at a local hospital with burns all over her body.…Continue Reading
Back in August, Megan’s husband, 32-year-old Joshua Kimbrough, doused her with gasoline in their home while allegedly high on heroin. After being set on fire, Megan ran from the home where neighbors put out the flames with blankets. As his wife was being transported to the hospital, Joshua went on a mini crime spree where he carjacked someone at gunpoint, burglarized a house, and then used a stolen credit card at a gas station.
While her husband was out being a douche, Megan was airlifted to a burn unit suffering from burns to over 80 percent of her body. Her father stated that 32 to 39 percent of Megan’s burns were third-degree burns. She was not expected to survive the night, but Megan wasn’t giving up that easily.
For three months, Megan underwent multiple medical procedures, including twelve skin grafts. She looked as if she was making progress until last week when she contracted an infection that her body just wasn’t able to fight off.…Continue Reading
New York, NY – It’s been almost a year since Jerome Isaac sprayed Delores Gillespie with gasoline and then set her on fire as she stood in an elevator. Yesterday he pleaded guilty to her murder in a deal that will have him serving 50 years in prison.
For those of you who may have missed this heinous story, 47-year-old Jerome Isaac had lived with 71-year-old Delores Gillespie doing odd jobs, and was angry after she kicked him out without paying him the $2,200 he says she owed her for five months of housework. Friends of Gillespie say the woman kicked Isaac out after she found that he had been stealing from her.
In either case, Isaac decided to get his revenge in one of the most worst ways imaginable. Surveillance footage captures Gillespie as she is about to step out of an elevator on the fifth floor of her apartment building after buying groceries. That’s when Isaac barges in while wearing an exterminator’s outfit. He sprays Gillespie in the face and body with gasoline from a canister he is carrying, then lights her on fire.…Continue Reading
But since I suffer for you guys (some say just like Jesus), I will write another child abuse story today, a subject I like least of all. (*hears waaay too many tiny violins playing*)
A woman in North Carolina has been charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury and mental emotional injury after she became so enraged over her 9-month-old daughter’s crying, that she poured boiling water on her.
Police say that 33-year-old Michelle Julia Woodhouse-Deboyes became angry with her daughter’s crying that she flipped the girl’s bouncy seat over with the baby still in it.
The resulting bruise to her daughter’s face did not her crying, so Woodhouse-Deboyes switched tactics. She went into the kitchen and filled a coffee mug with boiling water then poured the boiling water on top of her crying daughter. Still not getting the result she was looking for, Woodhouse-Deboyes flipped her daughter over and held her down in the hot water that had puddled on the floor.…Continue Reading
Winnsboro, LA – Sharmeka Moffitt, the 20-year-old woman who claimed she had been set ablaze by three men in white hoodies, apparently fabricated the whole story, as new evidence suggests she actually set herself on fire.
On Sunday, October 21st, Moffitt called 911 to report what police believed, at the time, to be a racially motivated attack in which three men doused Moffitt with lighter fluid, set her on fire, and then scrawled “KKK” and an ethnic slur on the side of her car in…ummmm…toothpaste? At the time, she said she did not know whether the men were black or white.
Moffitt was able to extinguish the flames using a nearby spigot, but had already suffered serious burns on over half her body. She was taken to LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport for treatment. Several law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, began investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Now, several days after the incident, police have released the fact that Moffitt’s fingerprints were found on both the lighter fluid bottle in question and the lighter used to ignite it, proving, more or less, that she self-immolated. Answers are a bit scarce at the moment, as Moffitt remains in critical condition, unable to answer the many questions investigators have for her.…Continue Reading
LAS VEGAS, NV – A man has been charged with attempted murder after he set fire to a man who was harassing him at a Las Vegas gas station.
According to police, Theodore Bejarano was inside Cricle K store drinking on Oct 10. The clerk told him he was not allowed to loiter inside the store and asked him to leave. At around the same time, 61-year-old Patrick Newell had arrived at the store to get gas. After paying, he left the store only to encounter a drunken Bejarano leaning against his truck. Bejarano asked for a ride, but Newell refused, telling him he was driving a business vehicle.
Bejarano allegedly didn’t like that answer and kept bugging Newell to the point that Newell threatened to cut Bejarano with a pocketknife if he didn’t leave him alone. But instead of cutting the man, Newell went back inside the store and told the clerk that he was being harassed at the pumps and to call police. When he returned to his truck, Bejarano continued harassing him.…Continue Reading
Zanesville, OH – Last week we reported on the murder of 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman, the woman found on the side of a rural Ohio road severely burned with a rope tied around her neck. On Saturday, police announced they had arrested 20-year-old Katrina Culberson and have charged her with Fronsman’s murder.
The Muskingum County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Culberson with one count of aggravated murder with two death penalty specifications (murder was during a kidnapping and an aggravated arson), one count of kidnapping and one count of aggravated arson. Police questioned Culberson last Wednesday and placed her in jail at that time on a felony theft warrant.
Last month, a motorist discovered Fronsman on the side of a Zainesville, Ohio, road. She was naked with a rope around her neck and suffering from fourth-degree burns that went as deep as the muscle and bone. Fronsman was alert and pleading for help when found, and was able to tell responding police and medics what had happened. She was flown to the Wexner Medical Center burn unit at Ohio State University in Columbus, where she remained in critical condition for two days before dying.…Continue Reading
Canton, OH – A woman found on the side of a rural Ohio road severely burned with a rope tied around her neck, has died.
On Sunday, a passing motorist discovered a 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman on the side of a Zainesville, Ohio, road. She was naked with a rope around her neck and suffering from severe burns.
“I have a woman right here. She’s burned severely, she’s been raped and she’s been beat up,” the man told the 911 dispatcher as Fronsman could be heard moaning in pain. “She’s got a rope around her neck, she’s totally without clothes and she’s severely burned.”
Even though Fronsman had been raped and tortured, suffering from fourth-degree burns that went as deep as the muscle and bone (*shudder*), she was still alert and pleading for help. She was able to tell the motorist what happened, as well as responding police and medics.
She was flown to the Wexner Medical Center burn unit at Ohio State University in Columbus, where she remained in critical condition for two days before dying yesterday.…Continue Reading
Augusta, Ga – While I hate obnoxious drunks, I do love them when they are on fire because at least then they are as entertaining as they think they are. So I’d have loved to gave been at Allie Katz Bar Friday night where a drunk, 36-year-old William Bonner, talked his friends into pouring Bacardi 151 on his head and then set him on fire.
You can watch the video below and hopefully you will get as much laughter out of it as I did when the flames turn Bonner into Ghost Rider and can be seen stumbling into a table while his friends toss drinks into his face. At this point I would’ve helped toss some things in Bonner’s face as well, starting with the darts. You know, for the comedic value.
Bonner was rushed to the hospital in critical condition but released on Sunday. Police got involved because his friends called them saying that Bonner had gotten into a fight at the bar and his assailants had set the man on fire. Of course the surveillance footage shows the truth, and a metric ton of stupidity.…Continue Reading
BURLINGTON, Vt. - A woman is dead after she purchased $5 worth of gas at a Vermont gas station, then used it to set herself on fire.
According to a clerk at the Champlain Farms Shell gas station, the woman came into the store and prepaid for the gas. She also placed her I.D. on the counter and said she didn’t need it any longer. When she went back out to the pumps where her gold Subaru Forester was sitting, the store employees watched as the woman removed the hose from the gas pump and began dousing herself with gasoline.
Probably because women do this all the time, the store manager immediately shut off the pump from inside the store. But the employees quickly realized this wasn’t another case of a woman not knowing how to put the doohickey into the whatchamacallit when the woman struck a match and set herself on fire.
The store manager and some customers ran out and tried to put the woman out with fire extinguishers, but the woman had already achieved her goal of self-immolation.…Continue Reading
CHARLOTTE, NC – Police have arrested 33-year-old Regina Terry after they say she threw a pan of hot grease on her neighbors this past Sunday, burning two adults and four children.
Neighbors say that Terry has had an ongoing dispute with her neighbors, the McLean family. The altercations never turned physical, and usually consisted of them yelling at each other. But this past Sunday, Terry skipped past simple assault and went straight to assault with a deadly weapon and malicious maiming.
After Terry and the McLeans got into another argument, the McLean family–two adult sisters and their children, ages 10, 8, 6, and 22 months–were on the phone with police when Terry threw hot grease from a pan inside the McLean’s apartment.
Everyone in the McLean family was burned in some fashion. Four of the victims were taken to Chapel Hill burn center. One of the adults and her 22-month-old son suffered injuries so bad that they had to be airlifted. Two others were treated at a local hospital while another refused treatment.
One of their neighbor described the children’s reactions.…Continue Reading
BOYNTON BEACH, FL - We have had a couple stories this week detailing someone setting someone else on fire–one in Alaska another in Ohio–and now we have another out of Florida. The difference with this one is that it was all caught on video.
A woman was meeting 54-year-old Roosevelt Mondesir at a gas station so that they could exchange their 4-year-old son. The two are not married, but do share custody of their son. But when Mondesir arrives in his white Jaguar, he does not have their son with him. He does have some gasoline, however, and proceeds to pour it on the woman and her vehicle as she tries to leave.
The gas station surveillance cameras captures this, as well as the 34-year-old woman’s futile attempts to get away from Mondesir and try to find help inside the convenience store. She doesn’t find any and the relentless Mondesir is able to set her on fire. Video footage captures the horrific image of the woman on fire as she first tries to enter the store for help, and then as she runs around the parking lot trying to put out the flames.…Continue Reading