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Fire at home of Knox County victims ruled arson | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 37 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Nov 24, 2010, titled Fire at home of Knox County victims ruled arson | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

A fire Monday night at the Knox County house where three people were believed to have been killed has been ruled arson by the state Fire Marshal's office.

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Common Sense

Fostoria, OH

#21 Nov 24, 2010
ARSON????

You're kidding!! I thought it was "spontaneous combustion". Come on dispacth, are you THAT desperate for a story? Tell us something we don't already know.
Tragic

Columbus, OH

#22 Nov 24, 2010
It's also possible that someone near by just doesn't want to see the house and be reminded of the horror that happened there...every day.
lulu989

Columbus, OH

#23 Nov 24, 2010
But it just doesn't make sense that someone would set a fire because they didn't want to be reminded of it. They could be destroying valuable clues. I think it was an accomplice. But I wonder if the young lady has mentioned a second person? She would be the one to ask..
Sad Heart

Washington Court House, OH

#24 Nov 24, 2010
Much of this story has been left unanswered. There are many questions regarding how Hoffman was able to do all these vicious things by himself.

Our sheriff said there was no accomplice. I believe him. I do not think any officer of Knox Co. would let the community think there are no other accomplices if they did not know that for sure.

They would not do that. This is their home and community and they live and breath here too.

The answers will come in time. We just have to be patient.
granny

Columbus, OH

#25 Nov 24, 2010
As a personal friend of one of the families i can tell you i hope that guy fries
Rob

Columbus, OH

#26 Nov 24, 2010
wow. what sick DUCK would do something like this to this poor family? is it possible there was more than one person involved in the kidnapping and murders and someone was trying to destroy evidence? or is it just some sicko that is in love with the freak murderer?
Rob

Columbus, OH

#27 Nov 24, 2010
Westside Hero wrote:
Can we at least take him off "suicide watch"? If he is suicidal, leave him in his cell with a belt and razor and start taking bets on how long it takes him to do us all a favor.
i agree. if i were a family member, i would rather see him kill himself than spend yeras in the court system only to get "life" in prison where i would have to pay to clothe, house and feed him for the rest of his life. the purpose of the trial (from the family's point of view) is most likely to get answers, but they might not get them anyway and the answers wont change what happened, so just let him die. what would our forefathers have done? our country has become way to bleeding heart and liberal!
Rob

Columbus, OH

#28 Nov 24, 2010
smmcaig wrote:
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The fire marshal came out yesterday and said that it was not caused by a candle. Had a candle causes the fire there would have been wax left behind. My guess is either he had an accomplice, or some stupid kids, maybe even someone who knew the family who doesn't want the constant reminder that house brings. If all the evidence has been collected the fire dept should have just let the house burn, maybe that might bring a little bit of peace to their family, friends and the community.
i disagree with your assumption that someone was trying to burn the house down if the fire was just on the porch. i might not be a professional arsonist but i know enough that if i did want to burn a house down, i would spread gasoline around the house and throw a container or two through the windows, not just set a fire on the porch and hope it burned down the whole house.
Black lion

Columbus, OH

#29 Nov 24, 2010
sprangshawn wrote:
they better give that SOB the death penalty or let him out we can take care of people like that better than the legal system can.
I agree, the prosecutors here inColumbus seem to make plea deals on 90 percent of the cases so they don't have to do their job but I hope that will not happen in this case.
hmmm

Columbus, OH

#30 Nov 24, 2010
It makes you wonder if someone else knows something that they are not telling. I keep asking why the ex was allowed to go into the house last wedsnesday and go through things, before the bodies were even found??? Has anyone asked these tough questions?? Shouldn;t it have still been a "crime scene"?? Please give feedback.....
Annon

Austin, TX

#31 Nov 24, 2010
My guess is that he killed the two women and the dog, before the kids arrived home. If one woman were to watch this horror, she may have been too traumatized to flee or fight. The spotting at the college could have been him watching the cops, marveling in the effort to find the victims. I don't think he had 'just' dropped it off. Is it possible he could have walked or is it too far with the time he had to take the girl home and then hide the bodies? In either case, acting alone or not, this was very methodical and sick. My guess is the fire was teenage kids glorifying this, much like the murderer may have acted as a teen. My question is... Why haven't they charged him for murder, yet? Is it because they are trying to include a second person and are holding off charges until they get their answers from him, or is it that they don't have enough evidence, despite only the killer would know where to have located the bodies? I find this case to be the most bizarre, by the m.o., alone, and the more revealed, the more questions there are. I thought this was an open and closed case, at the first report of it. I would have bet it was the live in ex- with their dissolved relationship and facing foreclosure. Hey, maybe the ex boyfriend tried to burn down the house to collect some insurance money on it, before it foreclosed and he got nothing...it is not like he could have done a short sale and had anyone buy it after what has transpired there. Really strange case, nevertheless.
Annon

Austin, TX

#32 Nov 24, 2010
hmmm wrote:
It makes you wonder if someone else knows something that they are not telling. I keep asking why the ex was allowed to go into the house last wedsnesday and go through things, before the bodies were even found??? Has anyone asked these tough questions?? Shouldn;t it have still been a "crime scene"?? Please give feedback.....
I would think an officer would have been there to make sure he didn't mess anything up. If I were him, and the killer was still on the loose, there is no way in the world I would go back in that house, without a couple of cops! It is funny you bring up the ex, though, as originally, this story of him staying somewhere else that night and their house being in foreclosure and some of the things he said, made me convinced it was him. Sorry, if I was wrong, though, as nobody who is innocent should be accused, but darn, now this is just way too fishy!
Annon

Austin, TX

#33 Nov 24, 2010
hmmm wrote:
It makes you wonder if someone else knows something that they are not telling. I keep asking why the ex was allowed to go into the house last wedsnesday and go through things, before the bodies were even found??? Has anyone asked these tough questions?? Shouldn;t it have still been a "crime scene"?? Please give feedback.....
I am not saying there was anyone else involved, although just because the police say there isn't doesn't mean they have never discovered they were wrong at a later date. Surely, anyone entering the house would have been escorted by the police. If I were that guy, and the killer was still on the loose, I would have demanded it!
Again, not accusing anyone else, but I am curious as to why the ex stayed with a friend on that particular night? He was gone from the early am until the following pm. Maybe it was a new lover and then, of course it would make sense why he would rather stay there than at his shared with ex and kids house but with some of his comments and the pressures of their house to be foreclosed upon and a somewhat rocky relationship, perhaps downplayed by him (it is not like there is anyone else around to say differently)- it just leaves more questions. The whole thing is just plain fishy.
Annon

Austin, TX

#34 Nov 24, 2010
Sorry for the multiple posts. Originally it said it couldn't post, so I commented again, only to find it did post the original, twice.
Maybe But

Columbus, OH

#35 Nov 24, 2010
Sad Heart wrote:
Much of this story has been left unanswered. There are many questions regarding how Hoffman was able to do all these vicious things by himself.
Our sheriff said there was no accomplice. I believe him. I do not think any officer of Knox Co. would let the community think there are no other accomplices if they did not know that for sure.
They would not do that. This is their home and community and they live and breath here too.
The answers will come in time. We just have to be patient.
Do we know for a fact there was no gun involved? If a lone gunman came into my house, there would be six people on the floor doing exactly what they were told to do. Can't expect the children to fight back, and mothers do what they're told to to protect the children.

As far as getting them in the tree, a few body parts don't weigh that much. Or he may have tied a rope around them, and hoisted them via a higher branch.

What we do know is that this is one very sick individual from whom society requires protection. Congratulations to the Knox County law enforcement for bringing this thing to an end soooo quickly.
UGH makes me sick

Lexington, TN

#36 Nov 25, 2010
This "man" is such a disgusting excuse for a human being! I cant imagine the grief the families of these individuals are forced to keep enduring! My heart goes out to young Sarah whos innocence, hopes and dreams were robbed from her and I pray she is able to move foward with her life, but beacuse of this selfish creep shes experienced Hell, and he gets protection for his personal safety! If right were right they would throw his sorry self right in prison general population and let all inmates know just who he is. Now that would be justice served- let him lay in the bed that he decided to make. SICK SICK SICK
The Real P Citizen

United States

#37 Nov 25, 2010
While you all are on here lamenting the dearly departed...how would ya'll like people getting on here disrepecting the dead amoungst you.
Calling them hoes'or crackhead B****es, hope they kill some more of em',etc...etc.
You'd be really pissed off, and incensed.

But I'm not going to do that.

But just remember, the next time a few of you decide to talk some smack about someone being shot and killed in the hood': remember the heartache and grief the family and friends of the departed feel.
As you do unto others... so it can be done unto you.

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