Man sets two sons, ages 4 and 7, on fire

November 18, 2007Glendale Heights, IllinoisKaushik Patel coerces his sons Vishv (7) and Om (4) into a bathtub before dousing them with gasoline and setting them on fire Friends stated after the fact that Kaushik complained to them of his declining marriage and placed the blame on his wife Nisha. The day before the fire, Nisha…

Child dies of burns after Halloween costume ignites; elderly man breaks neck attempting to kick a black cat

November 5, 1920Minneapolis, Minnesota7-year-old Betty Jones dies from injuries a week after her Halloween costume ignited Jones and a group of 25 other children visited a neighbor’s home for Halloween activities. Jones had a paper costume over her regular attire and, while the children played by casting shadows on the wall produced by candlelight, Jones’…

Man strangles, rapes, and sets neighbor on fire

September 2, 1994Wilmington, DelawareBrian D. Steckel (27) strangles, rapes, and sets his neighbor Sandra Lee Long on fire Steckel’s story changed during the course of his interrogation, trial, and incarceration. In the most consistent version of events Steckel claimed he visited Long’s apartment to ask to use her telephone — multiple neighbors at the Driftwood…

12-year-old tortured, burned alive by four teens

January 11, 1992Madison, Indiana12-year-old Shanda Sharer is tortured and burned to death by four teenaged girls On the night of January 10, Toni Lawrence (15), Hope Rippey (15), and Laurie Tackett (17), drove to Sharer’s home to lure her into their car. Melinda Loveless (16) was also in the car, though she hid under a…