Arson Investigators’ Headaches

Issue 11 and Volume 110.

Arson Investigators’ Headaches A recent Ohio arson case provides a good example of why fire marshals become prematurely gray. The suspect was indicted, a confession obtained and sufficient evidence was gathered to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the fire was set to defraud an insurance company. The weight of the evidence was so groat that the suspect pleaded guilty and received a sentence of from 2 to 20 years in a state reformatory. Six days later, the court reduced the offense to “Attempt to Burn” and fined the suspect $50 and costs. Ohio Fire Marshal’s News Letter

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