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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 01:12 PM

Sleeping homeless woman set on fire outside Los Angeles drug store

Source: NBC News

LOS ANGELES - A woman sleeping on a street bench outside a drug store was doused with an accelerant and set on fire early Thursday morning in Van Nuys, a district of Los Angeles.

Witnesses told police that a man poured liquid -- possibly a beverage containing alcohol -- on the sleeping woman at about 1 a.m. outside a Walgreens store near Van Nuys Boulevard and Sherman Way. He lit a match and ran from the location, witnesses told police.

The woman, who is in her 60s, was hospitalized in critical condition. The victim will likely be transported to a Sherman Oaks burn center for treatment, police said.

"It was like when you pour gasoline on something -- like an explosion," said witness Erickson Ipina, who added that he often saw the homeless woman in the neighborhood.

Read more: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/27/16191111-sleeping-homeless-woman-set-on-fire-outside-los-angeles-drug-store?lite

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Reply Sleeping homeless woman set on fire outside Los Angeles drug store (Original post)
IDemo Dec 2012 OP
villager Dec 2012 #1
oddoneout Dec 2012 #2
Vietnameravet Dec 2012 #3
OneMoreDemocrat Dec 2012 #18
malz Dec 2012 #19
Arkansas Granny Dec 2012 #4
Spitfire of ATJ Dec 2012 #5
Coyote_Tan Dec 2012 #28
SummerSnow Dec 2012 #6
FiveGoodMen Dec 2012 #10
LanternWaste Dec 2012 #13
Chemisse Dec 2012 #21
FiveGoodMen Dec 2012 #23
Ashgrey77 Dec 2012 #27
2pooped2pop Dec 2012 #29
FiveGoodMen Dec 2012 #31
2pooped2pop Dec 2012 #32
FiveGoodMen Dec 2012 #33
Cleita Dec 2012 #7
Sherman A1 Dec 2012 #8
lexw Dec 2012 #9
BobbyBoring Dec 2012 #11
Liberal_in_LA Dec 2012 #25
JustABozoOnThisBus Dec 2012 #12
ripcord Dec 2012 #14
janlyn Dec 2012 #15
Scootaloo Dec 2012 #17
TheMadMonk Dec 2012 #20
Chemisse Dec 2012 #22
Aristus Dec 2012 #16
1620rock Dec 2012 #24
FiveGoodMen Dec 2012 #34
Quantess Dec 2012 #26
JoeyT Dec 2012 #35
Quantess Dec 2012 #36
Odin2005 Dec 2012 #30
pinto Dec 2012 #37
Fire Walk With Me Jan 2013 #38

Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 01:14 PM

1. Good lord, I've been in that store.

Disgusting and appalling. I hope they catch the sociopath who did it.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 01:20 PM

2. i hope

 

they catch that twisted soul.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 01:24 PM

3. Disgusting!!

No words can express my contempt for the bastard that did this.. Oh ya!! lets have more guns in this sick society!! That's the answer!!

Probably some clown that listens to right wing radio and is just outraged at how the homeless have it so easy and are taking advantage "honest decent people"!

Remember when Rush used to make fun of homeless people?

I hope this woman recovers and someone starts a charity for her..

Well I see they have taken someone into custody..

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Response to Vietnameravet (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 05:12 PM

18. Wow, it only took three posts into a thread that has absolutely nothing to with guns...

 

to get sullied by another non-sequitar "Guns Suck !!!" comment.

Oh, and while you're all full of contempt and such, why don't YOU start a charity for her?

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Response to OneMoreDemocrat (Reply #18)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 06:44 PM

19. You know damn well somebody is making the argument on some wingnut site...

 

"If only she'd been armed!"

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 01:25 PM

4. How terrible. I hope they person who did this

gets a nice, long sentence.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 01:32 PM

5. I wonder if he knew her or if this was a "Fuck the poor" motive.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 01:34 PM

6. karma is waiting for that asshole

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Response to SummerSnow (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 02:07 PM

10. No it's not.

The only justice is the justice we manage to create.

Apart from that, there is none.

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 02:34 PM

13. I believe that karma and justice are two wholly separate concepts

I believe that karma and justice are two wholly separate concepts that may, occasionally, overlap.

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 07:48 PM

21. People who do bad things wind up hurting themselves in the process.

Even if you have no spiritual beliefs, you can likely see that level of cause and effect.

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Response to Chemisse (Reply #21)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 08:21 PM

23. Once in a while.

Not consistently.

Is Dubya suffering for having lied us into war?

Are the Koch brothers suffering from the consequences of their actions?

Is Scott Walker suffering in Wisconsin? He didn't even lose his office.

Karma is how you tell people to sit down, shut up, and not get upset at injustice because the universe will surely make it right.

It doesn't.

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #23)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 06:50 AM

27. +1! n/t

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #10)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 09:54 AM

29. To be fair, I've seen Karma bitch slap a few people

that justice seemed to otherwise miss.

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Response to 2pooped2pop (Reply #29)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 11:45 AM

31. And I'll bet you've heard about a few very nice children who got cancer for no reason

Was that Karma too?

The universe is random. It doesn't care about us. Any "Karma" we experience is dumb luck.

If you want justice, you have to make it.

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #31)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 01:51 PM

32. No, that bad Karma would be to the

assholes that have polluted our country, deregulated rules designed to protect us, and manufactured goods known to cause cancer, even after the fact is known.



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Response to 2pooped2pop (Reply #32)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:55 PM

33. You're making my point

Karma has NOT punished those assholes.

Karma doesn't work.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 01:54 PM

7. Homeless people get attacked a lot when they are sleeping out in the

open. This unfortunately is not the first time. We have a lot of sick people in our society who do these things and a lot of unconcerned people in our society who allow things like this to happen by doing nothing.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 01:56 PM

8. Sad

simply sad.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 01:57 PM

9. What the HELL!!!???

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 02:26 PM

11. I hope

The attack was in range of the stores cameras and they catch this asshole. What a scumbag~

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Response to BobbyBoring (Reply #11)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:54 AM

25. suspect was caught.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 02:31 PM

12. It's hard enough on your health to sleep outside

... without some monster preying on the homeless.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 03:14 PM

14. Suspect in custody

A witness followed the attacker and called 911.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 03:42 PM

15. Deja Vu

Wow, so I thought I have seen this story before,and yes I googled it and this is the second homeless person set on fire in LA.
They have a suspect in custody on the woman,so I hope that is the same person. kind of scary to think there is more than one person running around LA setting people on fire.

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Response to janlyn (Reply #15)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 05:10 PM

17. In American society, the poorer you are, the less human you are

And 100% chance of the media being less sympathetic for this woman than they would a dog or cat that suffered the same

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #17)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 07:01 PM

20. 100% chance a good many DUers would have more...

 

...sympathy for an animal than another human being.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #17)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 07:50 PM

22. That is so true. This poor woman has been dehumanized in the eyes of many.

If the method of attack were not so horrific, this would get virtually no notice, even in local news.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 03:54 PM

16. I hope those "the homeless choose to live on the streets" types see this.

Not a way of life anyone would choose. The homeless are terribly vulnerable to all sorts of attacks.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:04 PM

24. What a stupid and ugly post.

"100% chance a good many DUers would have more sympathy for an animal than another human being."

What a stupid and ugly post. Decent people have sympathy and empathy for both animals and people.

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Response to 1620rock (Reply #24)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 03:13 PM

34. I think you were responding to post #20

But the reply got attached to the OP.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 06:06 AM

26. From LA Times:

"There was no incident or dispute or clear motivation for this horrific attack. He did not know his victim. It defies explanation," Albanese said. "He is not of sound mind.... The motive is mental illness."

How about just plain mean? The attacker is not necessarily "mentally ill".

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-1228-homeless-fire-20121228,0,3972358.story

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Response to Quantess (Reply #26)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:37 PM

35. +1

Some people are just mean as a snake. There's no treatment or help that can fix it. They'll be vicious asshats until the day they die.

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Response to JoeyT (Reply #35)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:13 PM

36. Same person who did this has undoubtedly also been cruel to animals.

Fucking cowards.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 09:56 AM

30. Wow, what an ass!

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:15 PM

37. Kick for available updates. (nt)

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 01:07 AM

38. Horrible, unimaginable...

 

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