Setting someone on fire because you have a score to settle, while sounding horrific, has become all too common place in domestic situations. I can think of a handful of stories over the course of the last couple of years that attest to that fact.
Matthew Davey, of Tasmania, Australia, committed grievous harm to his fiancé, Nicole Evans, when after an argument on March 24th, he doused her with an accelerant and set her alight. In committing this crime he managed to burn his own hands, but that is a trivial injury, when compared to the burns that cover over 50% of Evans’ body and the fact that she clings to life.
Evans is currently being treated at a hospital in Melbourne after being air lifted from Hobart to the more advance facility. If she is to survive this horrific incident, she will be subject to a long and arduous road to recovery.
Davey has been charged with Grievous Bodily Harm, in addition to a separate assault charge from April 2nd.
Again, I have said this before, and it seems fitting again to mention, that man’s ego can hardly handle rejection. When some men are rejected or scorned, they want to destroy what is beautiful. I do not know the circumstances of the argument, but I can wager a conjecture.
My prayers go out to Miss Evans and her family. You can donate to her recovery at this GoFundMe page.
As we are all painfully aware people will commit heinous crimes for no reason ala Steve Stephens. But as we have also come to know, people commit murder for the most inane reasons as well. This brings us to one Teresa Drum.
Teresa Drum was making a casserole dinner in late February, which evidentially wound up on the burnt side which in turn, drew the ire of her husband, Dennis Drum. Some heated words were exchanged about the dinner debacle, and in the end Mr. Drum ended up with a bullet wound in his forehead which lead to his untimely death.
Now, by her own admission Mrs. Drum had consumed seven beers during and around the time she made the dinner. And quite certainly, casseroles can burn, when cooks become innebriated. Another bi-product of consuming that much alcohol, is that people can get murdered, especially when guns get pulled.
Mrs. Drum attempted to say the husband took his own life In his ‘casserole rage’. Mr. Drum was found at the scene by police with a gun in his hand. But typically people don’t shoot themselves in the forehead during these episodes. She also sent a friend a picture of her deceased husband via text asking “What she should do?”. That picture she sent eleven minutes before the police arrived , unfortunately for her, showed no gun in his possession. She even proceeded to take a shower to clean herself before even calling police.
During the commission of dinner and the crime, two of the couple’s children were in the house, though they were not hurt.
Mrs. Drum is currently facing both a Homicide and Tampering charge.
What kind of argument can one have with their significant other that would cause a an to douse his wife with gasoline, set her a flame, and watch her burn to death? One would now have to ask one, Antonio Bargallo, of Schenectady, New York. He did this exact thing to th mother of his children, Elizabeth Gonzales.
There is a certain amount of barbarism that has to take place to burn another person to death, yet I don’t think these incidents are as uncommon as we would want to believe. I think this method of killing someone is a way to inflict maximum damage on someone, and the rationales are absolutely personal in nature.
Men, have big egos, and when those egos are wounded, some guys just lose it. They can’t take rejection or a criticism at all as it stains there machismo. It’s the ultimate offense to some. Perhaps I am reading something more into this than I should. Shit, perhaps this gruesome murder was over the time dinner was served. Murders have been the result of more inane things.
The reason should come soon as the investigation continues.
It’s crazy that in 2016 we have to send out a plea for humans to stop having sex with their animals! I don’t think it’s too much to ask. The bar is pretty low. But let’s keep sexual intercourse between members of the same species. Geez.
I have a story to share here today that relate to this sickening subject. The verse is the story of Miranda Johns. Miranda accused her boyfriend, Kurtz Villavicencio, of sexual battery. But as Villavicencio was questioned by police, he had something very interesting to share with them. He showed them a video from his phone of Johns masturbating while her dogs were used to perform oral sex on her. I can’t imagine the cops reaction to seeing something like that during the course of investigation. Villavicencio of course denied assaulting Johns. And Johns, for her part, said Villavicencio was very encouraging of bestiality, requesting she have sex with a bigger dog (good, gravy). I have no doubt that Villvicencio is equally as disturbed as Johns, but the proof lied with him. Johns is being charged with ‘Sexual Conduct With An Animal’.
Perpetratort: Keith Davidson
Things happen in the kitchen Keith Davidson. So when your wife spilled some milk helping to make your Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich, it shouldn’t have been the end of the world. But oh no, you had to go on and use her as a human mop on your kitchen floor to prove a point.
And apparently this is not the first time this has happened:
To use me as a dish mop, it’s not the first, not the second, not the third time. But I can’t take no more,” the victim said.
– via PEOPLE.com
Unfortunately this latest isntance represents a pattern of behavior for Mr. Davidson, and it’s my certain hope that the law can prevent him from doing this again, because there may not be another time to save his victim. However, being that bail was $1000, I am not overly optimistic.
NY Daily News
Perpetrator: James Sutton
James Horn, Jr had some significant trust and control issues. Those insecurities manifested into his keeping his girlfriend, Sandra Kay Sutton, locked in a 100″ x 48″ x 52″ wooden box that was equipped with a small air hole from January until April 30th…the day she escaped. During her stint in his wooden box, Ms. Sutton was provided with reading material, a flashlight, sleeping bag, and a bucket of fecal matter. Occasionally she was seen by neighbors, but kept close to the hip of Mr. Horn. One can only assume the mental terror he inflicted upon her along with whatever physical anguish was brought. It’s amazing to think that in this day and age that one human can treat another with such disregard. And seemingly there are men like Mr. Horn whose fragile egos compel them to keep women as possessions.
Unfortunately this story only gets worse. After her escape, Ms. Sutton went to live with some family in Kansas City, Mo. For whatever reason, she was not provided, nor did she seek, Police Protection while James Horn was still unaccounted for and on the run. He wound up finding and murdering both Sandra Kay Sutton and her 17 year old son, Zachary Sutton and left the family that the two were staying with to discover the bodies in the wee hours of Thursday, May 21st.
Victims: Sandra Kay Sutton and Zachary Sutton
After the grisly discovery, ensued a statewide manhunt for Horn. He was later found three days later in an abandoned shelter in J.N. “Turkey” Kearn Memorial Wildlife Area by police. When he was confronted by the authorities he brandished a gun and when he refused to obey commands, he was consequently shot to death.
My condolences to the Sutton family and to everyone else, let’s be vigilant against domestic abuse. These stories, while they differ in detail, are all too familiar.
Yes. People snap during arguments all the time. Bad domestic abuse situations can occur, and physical violence can come into play. Those things are all bad enough, but what kind of man ‘snaps’, douses his ‘girlfriend’ in gasoline and sets her on fire? Who is that sadistic? Here enters one Donald Chapman. That’s who is this sadistic.
Chapman and his girlfriend got into a fight that lead to her receiving burns over 40% of her body. He can’t even claim that it was in the heat of the moment as he went to a gas station to purchase the gasoline. I can’t imagine a more horrific assault. I (and I am sure many others) are petrified of being burned in a fire. I can’t imagine what the victim must be feeling.
So many times these types of assaults occur because a man feels he has been slighted or jilted by a female he feels he possesses. In India and Pakistan, they have a multitude of acid attacks that occur against women. A woman refuses a man and then the man feels he will disfigure her with acid. I guess in the United States the preferred method is arson as this is not an isolated incident.
I pray for the victim and her recovery.