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Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire

Police in Austin, Texas, responded to a domestic disturbance. When they arrived and knocked at the front door, a woman shouted, “He won’t let me answer the door! He won’t let me go!” They kicked down the door to find the tussle was between a woman and her 20-year-old son, who had allegedly set fire to a rug. Fire crews were called in to extinguish the blaze. Scout Anthony Thomas Hodge set the fire, he told officers, to make a “political statement” — because he had been watching a TV show about politics that put him in a “bad mood” — and to prove he wasn’t a loser. He was arrested and charged with arson and unlawful restraint. (RC/KEYE Austin) ...What a loser.
Original Publication Date: 14 February 2016
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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