Mad Jack sends a link to the Virginian-Pilot which reports on a serial arsonist who has been setting scores of fires along the Chesapeake Eastern Shore. The police haven’t released a profile of suspects, but that doesn’t stop the crime fiction fans at the Virginian-Pilot from speculating based on their viewing diet of CSI and Criminal Minds;
Could it be someone ex-military, possibly trained in special operations? An inside job by someone in law enforcement or the volunteer fire stations? Maybe the arsonist thinks he’s doing the county a favor by burning down blighted buildings?
Experts say serial arsonists often fall into several categories, including those who are excited by fires, those who pose as heroes and those who want revenge on society or an institution.
The vast majority are dealing with mental health issues, said Edward Nordskog, a detective with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arson and bomb squad who wrote a book on notorious serial arsonists.
You know because special forces operatives are well-known for their arsonist operations – and they’re all dealing with mental health issues. A pre-teen child could set a building on fire, but it’s probably a special forces soldier out doing it. Keep it classy, V-P.