Wrigleyville fire survivor testifies ...

Wrigleyville fire survivor testifies in homeless woman's arson,...

There are 5 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 7, 2008, titled Wrigleyville fire survivor testifies in homeless woman's arson,.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The lone survivor of an arson fire that killed four testified Wednesday on how he jumped to safety from a third-floor window of a Wrigleyville apartment building after being awakened by intense heat and smoke.

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#1 May 8, 2008
If you are crazy enough to kill people then you aught to be crazy enough to die for it.

United States

#2 May 8, 2008
So, I'm sure all the people calling for this homeless lady's head will arrive shortly. Normally, when somebody takes a life I'm all for throwin' the book at them however, this is just a tragedy that could've been averted if our destitute had more options than wrapping their feet in plastic and lighting garbage fires to keep warm. The ironic thing is that jail will seem like a cozy warm hotel to her...........Like I said though, what a tragedy these kids died.

Skokie, IL

#3 May 9, 2008
I hope she burns in h-e-double-l.

Naperville, IL

#4 Jul 29, 2008
I will continue to pray for all involved. Family of the victims, the souls of the victims, Mary Smith and her family. When did this country of ours become soooo cold hearted???
Was There

Marathon, Canada

#5 Sep 22, 2010
Well you should have seen the taped interview of her with detectives. During the interview she was lucid but would babble when pointed questions specifc about the fire were asked but when the detective asked if she wanted anything from McDonalds she rattled off specifics.
In the end the detective asked Mary Smith if she needed anything before he left the room at the end of the interrogation. She said nothing but after he left she said " a match" and started to laugh.
Not guilty by reason of insanity was the WRONG verdict; she should have been at least found guilty but with mental defect.
Think about it, they are trying 12-13-14-15 year olds as adults. This person had the wherewithal to survive on the streets so don't tell me she did not know what she was doing. A very young child could have easily set this fire and then walk away - he would have been found guilty.

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