Man Dressed as Exterminator Calmly Lit Woman on Fire
NYPD officers in Brooklyn have the man seen on surveillance video calmly and deliberately dousing an older woman with accelerant and lighting her ablaze in custody. The man, who turned himself in NYPD’s Transit Police in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, has not yet been identified to the public.
Not much surprises New York City police officers, used to hardened criminals and heinous crime in such a large city. The death of Doris Gillespie in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn shocked investigating officers to the core. Miss Gillespie, a postal worker, was returning home from grocery shopping on Saturday.
Neighbors and family members who spoke to the media described her killer in two different ways. Some reports indicate that the killer was her former boyfriend. Family members state that he was a man who did odd jobs for her. They report that she had recently fired him for stealing. All agreed that Gillespie had spoken of her terror of the man who eventually killed her.
The video shows an African-American male in his late 40’s dressed as a professional exterminator with a pack on his back cornering her in the elevator, pouring a flammable liquid on her, igniting a Molotov-cocktail, throwing it at her, and then exiting the elevator.
The man apparently went on to light another fire in a neighboring building by dousing the apartment door with a flammable fluid and lighting two additional Molotov-cocktails. No one was injured in that blaze.
Gillespie was well-liked by her neighbors who were shocked and horrified by the events Saturday night.
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NYPD officials announced the name of the madman who doused Doris Gillespie on fire causing her death in Brooklyn on Saturday night. Jerome Isaac, age 47, turned himself in to NYPD authorities early Sunday morning, stating that he had lit a fire. Isaac was burned about the face and hands and smelled strongly of gasoline. New York City Deputy Fire Chief Steven Moro stated that this was the most horrific thing he had ever seen. Five others were injured in the incident.
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