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  •  some report his sister is "missing" (9+ / 0-)

    and she lived in the house. So yes, your explanation may make some ghoulish sense.

    It's also worth remembering that people whose thought-processes are this warped don't necessarily "plan" in the same way that you or I might plan out how to visit both our family and the in-laws on Christmas.

    •  Yes, it's confirmed now she died in that fire. (1+ / 0-)
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      adrianrf

      And also that he wanted to burn down the neighborhood, indeed.

      It was not a trap for first responders. As I guessed in my comment above, he just wanted to stop first responders from spoiling what he most likes to do in life - kill people:

      Human remains found at home of gunman who ambushed firefighters

      http://usnews.nbcnews.com/...

      Of course the media will probably continue to run with the " killer set a trap for first responders" angle because it's just so much more horrifying (truly) than a guy taking out his sister.

      Yet, the horrifying thing is the more coverage they give that line of reasoning the more likely there will now be copycat killers doing just that.

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