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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-18-11 04:57 AM
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Woman set on fire, burns alive in NYC elevator
Source: msnbc.com

A woman burned to death in the elevator of her Brooklyn apartment building Saturday after a man ambushed her, sprayed her with liquid and set her afire with a Molotov cocktail, police said.

The unidentified man was waiting for 64-year-old Doris Gillespie, when the elevator doors opened to her floor of the Prospect Heights building. The man sprayed her with an accelerant and set her on fire, New York City police spokesman Paul Browne said. <snip>

Gillespie, who had grocery bags in her arms, turned about 180 degrees and then crouched in an attempted to protect herself, he said. But the man sprayed her directly in the face and continued to spray her "sort of methodically" over her head and parts of her body as the bags draped off her arms. She turned around and retreated to the back of the elevator.

At some point, Browne said, the suspect then pulled out a barbecue-style lighter, used it to ignite a rag in a bottle and then waited for a few seconds before using the flames to set her afire, causing smoke to fill the elevator.

Read more: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45711605/ns/us_news-crime_a...



Article indicates the attack was recorded by two video cameras.
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-18-11 10:30 AM
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1. My last act in a situation like that would be to rush and hug my assailant.
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lbrtbell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-18-11 10:42 PM
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2. That's a good idea
Take the bastard with you.

But seriously...WTF possesses someone to do such a thing? :cry:
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countryjake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-20-11 02:52 PM
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3. The guy did get badly burnt on his face...
but yes, I would have opted for a death grip on the bastard, myself.
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