**update** The man, Jerome Issac, 47, who turned himself in may not be a former boyfriend, but did work for the victim for a period of time. He reportedly told police he killed her over $2,000 he claims she owe’d him over odd handy man jobs he’d done for her. Reports say that the victim had fired Issac over a year ago because she’d caught him stealing from her. Since the firing the son of the victim claims that Issac had essentially been “stalking” his mother over the fees.
The point to this site really is to catalog stories of human ridiculousness, even when it includes something really gross or offensive.
But then there are stories that aren’t made of idiocy, stupidity or plain bizarre decision making. They are just the darkest of evil.
Saturday afternoon in a Brooklyn apartment building, the man seen here, dressed like an exterminator and carrying a sprayer that would commonly carry bug repellant, stepped into an elevator and doused a
64 73-year old women with a flammable liquid from the sprayer, lit her on fire and left her to die. The man was dressed in black with white gloves and dust mask was holding a BBQ lighter, a bottle of wine and the sprayer.
The woman, Delores Gillespie, died from a fire so fierce that her body was unrecognizable, and her assailant appears to be an ex-boyfriend and roommate. The man, unnamed, turned himself in smelling of gasoline.
He cornered her, and methodically sprayed the woman from head down her torso, lit a Molotov cocktail then used the wick to set her on fire. He then ducked behind the elevator door and threw the bottled bomb back into the elevator car.
It seems that the entire attack has been captured on camera, two actually, ending with the assailant spraying the woman’s flaming body with even more flammable liquid before fleeing the scene.
In an odd way there is a relief that the person appears to be someone she knew, while it doesn’t lesson the severity or terror of the crime – it would have been just that much worse if this was a random attack by a deranged man on a randomly selected victim.