“Torchered” Minds: Case Histories of Notorious Serial Arsonists

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Xlibris Corporation, Oct 25, 2011 - True Crime - 308 pages
“Detective Ed Nordskog’s “Torchered Minds” is true crime at its best. These stories of over sixty serial arsonists are re-told by an award winning arson investigator and expert in the field. The arson cases are taken from famous, nationally known events and from the author’s own case files. These arsonists include serial murderers, serial rapists, serial poisoners, firefighters, phony cops, “wannabes”, and others masquerading as heroes. These true characters are sometimes so bizarre, sinister, and devious that Hollywood’s best writers could not imagine some of their deeds.”

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I thought this was a first class book on the subject - as a researcher and practioner in the field I am more used to reading the works of academics, this reflects the actuality of the fire scene and ... Read full review

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I was witness to Helen White's court appearances in Adelaide over an 18 month period and find the details in this particular book quite the opposite as described in this chapter. Helen never used time delay devices ever. She was originally charged with several fires initially, but in the end was not guilty of these offences. The fires that she was guilty of had been started with a cigarette lighter, and she left the scene immediately after lighting them. She had been on an overdose of Stilnox, and had been mixing anti-depressants and alcohol at the time of her offences to deal with extreme depression. Helen clearly stated that she had no memory of lighting these fires. 


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