The Deranged Arsonist Who Filmed Their Own Crime • Mystery Files

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Summary

TLDRIn the gripping episode of 'Mystery Files', Ryan and Shane delve into the eerie 'House on Fire Tapes', a case involving a disturbing video that leads to a series of arsons in Redwood City. The investigation, initially stumped, takes a turn when the video is aired on 'Unsolved Mysteries', prompting a flood of tips. The case unravels to reveal two teenage suspects, Omar and John, linked to satanic rituals and animal mutilation. Despite the confession and conviction of the duo, the true extent of their crimes remains shrouded in mystery, with the chilling possibility of a darker path they might have taken.

Takeaways

  • 🔥 The 'House on Fire Tapes' case involves a mysterious video showing a house on fire and a voice claiming responsibility for the arson.
  • 🕵️‍♂️ The tapes were discovered by Alfonso Lua and his son Hector, who found them alongside a camo jacket with a peculiar patch.
  • 🚨 The arson investigator, George Wells, and the California Department of Forestry captain, Frank Curry, were both disturbed by the video's eerie content.
  • 🔍 The investigation initially struggled to identify the fire's location, but a task force was formed to solve the mystery.
  • 🏠 The fires were linked to a series of arsons in Redwood City, California, targeting large, newly built homes.
  • 📽️ The arsonist's video was compared to footage recorded by fire captain John Dellinges, leading to a match with a fire from August 15th, 1988.
  • 🎥 The arsonist filmed the fire from a hidden vantage point, undetected by the firefighters at the scene.
  • 📞 The case gained worldwide attention after being featured on 'Unsolved Mysteries', leading to numerous tips from the public.
  • 👦 A teenager named Omar, who lived in Redwood City, was identified as the person the video was made for.
  • 🔍 Further investigation into Omar's friend John's home revealed evidence of satanic rituals and a connection to the arsons.
  • 🛠️ John confessed to setting multiple fires, and both he and Omar were found guilty of arson, though the full extent of their involvement remains a mystery.

Q & A

  • What is the main theme of the 'House on Fire Tapes' mystery?

    -The main theme revolves around a series of arsons, with the mysterious 'House on Fire Tapes' being central to the investigation.

  • Who found the videotape that led to the investigation?

    -Alfonso Lua and his son Hector found the videotape near Stockton, California.

  • What was the significance of the camo jacket found with the videotape?

    -The camo jacket had a military-style patch with a key, torch, and lightning bolt, and was found near the tapes, adding to the mystery and possibly linking to the arsonist.

  • What was the reaction of the authorities when they first saw the tape?

    -The authorities, including George Wells and Frank Curry, were disturbed and frightened by the eerie content of the tape, with Curry stating it haunted him.

  • How did the investigators attempt to identify the location of the fire shown in the tape?

    -They analyzed the video for details such as the year mentioned by the arsonist, the commercials, and the fire engines' response, but the low quality and lack of specific details made it challenging.

  • What was the connection between the arsons in Redwood City and the 'House on Fire Tapes'?

    -Woodside Fire Captain John Dellinges linked the tape to a series of arsons in Redwood City, where affluent homes were being built and resentment was high among the local community.

  • Who was Omar, and how was he connected to the case?

    -Omar was a 17-year-old boy from Redwood City who was identified by a caller to 'Unsolved Mysteries' as a person of interest in the case.

  • What did the investigators find at John's house after it caught fire?

    -They found mutilated animal parts, a cutting table, large knives covered in blood, scrapbooks with newspaper clippings about the arsons, and videotapes with satanic messages.

  • What was the outcome of the investigation into the arsons?

    -John confessed to setting the fire on the tape and 14 others, and was linked to the destruction of additional structures and grass fires. He and Omar were found guilty and received appropriate sentences.

  • Why did the authorities worry about the potential escalation of John's crimes?

    -They were concerned because John's progression from arson to possible more violent acts mirrored the path of the 'Son of Sam' killer, who started with fires and escalated to murder.

Outlines

00:00

🔥 The House on Fire Tapes Introduction

The script begins with an intense scene setting, introducing the show 'Mystery Files' hosted by Ryan. Ryan plans to discuss the 'House on Fire Tapes' with his colleague, Shane, who is unaware of the case. The tapes involve arson and a mysterious voice claiming responsibility for the fires. The show is sponsored by NordVPN, and the story of Alfonso Lua and his son Hector finding a camo jacket and an unlabeled videotape is introduced, setting the stage for the mystery.

05:01

🌳 Redwood City Arson Case

The second paragraph delves into the Redwood City arson case, where Alfonso and Hector found a videotape with disturbing content. The Luas family handed the tape over to authorities, leading to an investigation by George Wells, an arson investigator, and Frank Curry, the captain of the California Department of Forestry. The tape's eerie content and the arsonist's theatrical claims add to the mystery. The investigation reveals a series of arsons in Redwood City, with the arsonist leaving messages like 'Please no more houses!' at the crime scenes.

10:01

🔍 The Investigation Continues

The third paragraph continues the investigation into the arsons, with John Dellinges, a fire captain, reviewing his own footage against the arsonist's video. Dellinges discovers the arsonist's vantage point and realizes the audacity of the arsonist's actions. The task force's efforts to solve the case are highlighted, as well as the challenges they face due to the arsonist's cunning and the lack of leads.

15:01

🤔 Theories and Confessions

In the fourth paragraph, various theories about the arsonist's identity are discussed, including an upset neighbor, a disgruntled construction worker, or even Satan worshipers. The discovery of a camo jacket with a pentagram and a ceramic skull adds to the complexity of the case. The public is involved in the investigation through the 'Unsolved Mysteries' TV show, which leads to a breakthrough in the case.

20:02

🔥 The Arsonist's Identity Revealed

The fifth paragraph reveals the identity of the arsonist as John, a 19-year-old who confesses to setting multiple fires. The investigation uncovers evidence of satanic rituals, mutilated animal parts, and a shrine dedicated to the arsons. The case takes a darker turn as the extent of the damage and the potential for escalation is realized.

25:05

🔒 Case Closed

The sixth paragraph concludes the case with John's confession and the arrest of both him and Omar, a 17-year-old boy who was also involved. The case is solved, but the motives behind the arsons remain unclear. The focus shifts to rehabilitation, with both boys receiving appropriate punishment for their actions. The mystery of how the tape ended up near Stockton remains unsolved.

30:05

🎬 The Mystery Files Show Wrap-up

The final paragraph wraps up the episode with a humorous discussion about the case's title and the hosts' reflections on the case. They joke about the show's scale model work and end the episode with a Batman reference, signaling the end of the mystery.

Mindmap

Keywords

💡Arson

Arson refers to the criminal act of intentionally setting fire to property. In the video, it is the central crime being investigated, with the arsonist taking pride in their actions and documenting them on a videotape.

💡Mystery Files

Mystery Files is the name of the show within the video, which delves into unsolved cases ranging from the creepy to the bizarre. It serves as the narrative framework for presenting the story of the House on Fire Tapes.

💡House on Fire Tapes

The House on Fire Tapes is the name given to a series of videotapes that document a series of arsons. The tapes are central to the mystery as they contain footage of the fires and a voiceover that taunts the investigators.

💡Redwood City

Redwood City is the location where a series of arsons took place, leading to the destruction of several houses. The city's rapid development and the resentment it caused among residents are suggested as potential motives for the arsons.

💡Omar

Omar is a name mentioned multiple times in the House on Fire Tapes, which becomes a key clue in identifying the individuals involved in the arsons. The name leads investigators to a teenager who knows the person behind the tapes.

💡Satan worshipers

The theory that the arsons were committed by individuals practicing Satan worship is one of the hypotheses considered by investigators. This theory is based on the discovery of items associated with occult practices at the crime scenes.

💡Unsolved Mysteries

Unsolved Mysteries is a television program that aired the story of the House on Fire Tapes, leading to a surge in tips from the public. The show played a crucial role in advancing the investigation by bringing national attention to the case.

💡John Dellinges

John Dellinges is the Woodside Fire Captain who played a pivotal role in solving the arson cases. He used his collection of fire footage to match the scenes in the House on Fire Tapes, leading to the identification of the arsonist.

💡McMansions

McMansions refer to large, impersonal, and often ostentatious houses that were rapidly built in Redwood City during the tech boom. The arsonist targeted these houses, which became a symbol of the changing community and potential motive for the crimes.

💡Satanic messages

Satanic messages are references to Satan or Satanism found in the content created by the arsonists, including videotapes with satanic themes. This element of the case suggests a possible motive or belief system behind the crimes.

Highlights

The "House on Fire Tapes" case is a deep dive into a bizarre arson mystery.

Alfonso Lua and his son Hector found a videotape containing disturbing arson footage.

The tape featured a man gleefully narrating the arson of a house.

The Luas turned the tape over to authorities, leading to an investigation by George Wells, an arson investigator.

The arsonist on the tape claimed the fire took place in 1988, and commercials on the tape seemed to verify this.

The tape's low quality made it impossible to determine the fire department that responded to the scene.

The camo jacket found with the tape had a military-style patch with a key, torch, and lightning bolt.

The arson series in Redwood City, California, was linked to the tape, with 11 houses under construction burned down.

Woodside Fire Captain John Dellinges believed the arsonist was a juvenile with a Robin Hood complex.

The case went cold until the Stockton Arsonist tape was connected to a specific fire in Redwood City.

The arsonist filmed the fire from the bushes, nearly 50 feet behind where Dellinges was filming.

The case was featured on "Unsolved Mysteries," leading to a surge of tips, including one about a teenager named Omar.

Omar knew the arsonist and revealed that his friend John was behind the tape.

John's garage caught fire, leading to the discovery of evidence linking him to the arsons.

John confessed to setting the fire on the tape and 14 others, causing over $2 million in damage.

Both John and Omar were found guilty of arson, with John committed to a state mental hospital and Omar serving time in juvenile hall.

The case file remains sealed due to their minor status at the time of the crimes.

The mystery of the "House on Fire Tapes" is officially considered solved.

The tape and a busted radiator led to the discovery of John before he could harm more people.

The origin of the tape's location near Stockton remains unknown.

Transcripts

00:02

(switch flicks)

00:08

(intense synth music)

00:09

- No more lies.

00:10

- No more lies.

00:12

- Arson is illegal, and I denounce it unequivocally!

00:16

- How did that feel?

00:17

How did it feel?

00:17

How did it feel?

00:19

Welcome to "Mystery Files",

00:20

where we take a deep dive into cases that span

00:22

from the creepy to the truly bizarre,

00:24

and everything in between.

00:26

I'm Ryan, and today I'll be forcing my colleague, Shane,

00:29

to hear all about the alarming "House on Fire Tapes".

00:33

And in the end, you'll have to decide

00:35

if the mystery is solved, or if it's simply a mystery.

00:40

(mysterious synth music)

00:52

(slides clicking)

00:59

(mysterious synth music continues)

01:07

(slides clicking)

01:08

(static whooshes)

01:09

You seen about this? You heard about this?

01:11

- I have never heard of this, no.

01:12

- I start with Jay Leno every time with these.

01:14

(Shane mock mumbling)

01:16

- The House on Fire Tapes.

01:17

Have you heard about this? You seen about this?

01:18

No? Anyway...

01:19

- House on Fire, no.

01:21

Going on context clues...

01:23

- Yeah, you could gather a couple key things.

01:25

Let's actually test that investigator mind

01:27

right at the top here.

01:28

- House.

01:29

- [Ryan] Yeah.

01:30

- Fire.

01:30

Tapes.

01:31

So, there's a house that's on fire, there are tapes.

01:35

- You have aced that test.

01:36

I'm very proud of you.

01:37

- Is it just tapes of a house burning,

01:39

and people being like, "Ah!"

01:41

- No, no.

01:42

- Okay. I don't want to hear that.

01:44

I don't enjoy that sort of thing.

01:46

But you're not here to show me snuff films

01:48

in the basement, are you? - No, no.

01:49

No, I'm here to show you something special

01:51

from my own collection.

01:52

- Okay.

01:53

Oh, another one of your stag films?

01:54

- That's right.

01:56

Hey, why don't we go ahead and pop it in?

02:00

(tape clatters)

02:01

(static whooshes)

02:02

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03:17

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03:18

This one's for you, Vinny.

03:20

(calming saxophone music)

03:23

(mysterious synth music)

03:26

As Alfonso Lua's car overheated

03:28

on the blistering summer day of August 15th, 1989,

03:32

he pulled off of Interstate 205 near Stockton, California.

03:36

Alfonso and his son, Hector, examined the car,

03:39

but had no luck fixing it.

03:41

As they trekked down the road to find a house with a phone,

03:44

Alfonso and Hector spotted a camo jacket.

03:47

Crudely sewn on was a military style patch

03:50

of a key crisscrossing a torch and a lightning bolt.

03:54

While examining the jacket,

03:55

they found multiple cassettes of heavy metal music,

03:58

and an unlabeled videotape.

04:02

Before moving on, they took the videotape with them.

04:06

When they arrived home,

04:07

Alfonso and Hector inserted the VHS into their VCR.

04:11

Nothing could have prepared them

04:13

for the disturbing images they would see

04:15

when they pressed play.

04:17

Let's take a look.

04:19

- [Speaker] Look at it.

04:20

Look at it.

04:22

Look at the fire.

04:26

This is my domain.

04:30

My hell.

04:32

Look at it, Omar.

04:34

(Shane laughs)

04:35

This is what I've been doing on your week's vacation.

04:38

(Shane laughs) Look at the flares.

04:40

(Shane laughs)

04:41

Listen to the coyotes yell.

04:43

Take a good look at that,

04:45

and you tell me that I cannot set fires.

04:51

I gotta go now...

04:55

But remember me.

04:56

(Ryan laughs) (slide clicks)

04:57

- Pretty good.

04:58

- So this guy obviously sounds pretty gleeful

05:00

when he's setting fire to this house.

05:02

And I, curious about the psyche of this man,

05:04

wanna get a taste of that euphoria that he's feeling.

05:08

So maybe we should go outside and test it for ourselves.

05:11

Here we are. - Yup.

05:12

- You see a little model?

05:13

- [Shane] It's really nice.

05:14

- Cul-de-sac here. - Yeah.

05:16

- And I'm glad to replicate the euphoria

05:18

of setting fire to a building,

05:19

so I could understand why that guy was talking that way.

05:22

Hold on. It's a little windy out here.

05:24

(lighter flicks) (whimsical music)

05:28

Okay.

05:30

(lighter flicks)

05:33

I might need that torch.

05:34

(whimsical music continues)

05:37

(lighter flicks)

05:39

Oh, wait! Shane got it!

05:41

How did that feel?

05:42

How did it feel?

05:43

How did it feel?

05:44

- Pretty irresponsible.

05:46

- Oh!

05:47

- This is not good firemanship, you know?

05:49

But there it goes.

05:50

- [Ryan] The house is on fire!

05:51

- [Speaker] Oh, that's...

05:53

- [Speaker 2] Too big?

05:53

- [Speaker] Should we...

05:54

- [Ryan] Should we probably put that out?

05:55

- [Shane] Yeah, you should put it out.

05:57

(extinguisher whooshes)

05:58

Whoa! (Ryan cackles)

06:00

- Well, you know, I consider this a smashing success.

06:03

(whimsical music)

06:04

So, what'd you think, right?

06:07

- It was really fun to use a fire extinguisher.

06:09

I've never actually done that.

06:10

- Anyways, let's move on.

06:12

Believing that the demented voice on the tape

06:14

had set the fire,

06:15

the Luas turned the video over to the authorities.

06:19

George Wells, San Joaquin County Arson Investigator,

06:22

said that when he first saw the tape, quote,

06:24

"I immediately thought that we were dealing

06:26

with somebody that was disturbed."

06:28

End quote. (bell dings)

06:29

No shit. - [Shane] Yes.

06:30

- Yeah, that person is not in their right mind.

06:33

- I don't know.

06:34

I think we're dealing with just a funny guy.

06:37

(Ryan scoffs)

06:38

He sounds too funny.

06:39

- I can play the tape again for you.

06:40

- Could we do it one more time?

06:41

- All right. You wanna hear it again.

06:42

- [Shane] Yeah.

06:44

- [Speaker] Look at it.

06:46

Look at the fire.

06:48

(unnerving music)

06:50

This is my domain.

06:53

- That's...

06:54

- Yeah, let's invite that guy over to Thanksgiving dinner.

06:56

That sounds great.

06:57

- "This is my domain, my hell."

06:59

- [Ryan] Pass the gravy.

07:00

- It's very theatrical, you know?

07:03

- I think the fact that you think that says a lot.

07:05

(dramatic synth music)

07:06

The captain of the California Department of Forestry,

07:08

Frank Curry, was haunted by the video.

07:11

He said, quote,

07:12

"I've never run across anything as eerie as this tape.

07:16

It frightened me.

07:17

As a matter of fact,

07:18

I thought about it that night when I went to bed."

07:21

End quote.

07:22

(Ryan chuckles) - All right, dude.

07:23

(Ryan laughs)

07:23

Look at this guy.

07:24

Look how scared he looks.

07:25

- Oh! Were they able to...

07:26

Well, maybe we'll get into this.

07:28

Were they able to identify where the burn took place?

07:31

- Like where this actually happened?

07:33

- Where the video was filmed.

07:35

- I mean, yeah, that's kind of what the mystery-

07:37

- We're getting into that?

07:38

- It's Mystery Files.

07:39

- I thought the mystery was, "Who is this?"

07:41

I wasn't sure if the mystery was-

07:43

- Two-pronged, perhaps.

07:44

- So we got a two-pronged mystery?

07:45

- That's right.

07:46

- Oh, boy.

07:47

(Ryan mumbles)

07:49

What'd you say?

07:50

- Nothin'.

07:51

Curry watched the tape hundreds of times,

07:53

as they attempted to determine the location of the fire.

07:56

Few new details emerged on the tape.

07:58

The arsonist claimed that the year was 1988.

08:02

Commercials on the tape seemed to verify this.

08:05

Fire engines came onto the scene,

08:06

so they knew the fire had been reported.

08:09

But from where?

08:10

- Well, so it's a long tape.

08:11

We just saw a little bit of it?

08:12

- Saw a little bit.

08:13

I mean, we saw the abridged.

08:14

We didn't see the director's cut.

08:16

The low quality of the video made it impossible

08:18

to determine which fire department arrived on the scene.

08:22

When a county arson investigator went back

08:24

to where the tape was found,

08:25

they were shocked to find the camo jacket

08:28

exactly where it had been left.

08:31

As they examined the jacket for evidence,

08:33

they discovered a wooden pestle and a ceramic skull.

08:37

- [Shane] Cool.

08:38

- Complicating their search,

08:40

Highway 205 is near several major highways.

08:44

It was possible this tape wasn't from Stockton,

08:46

or even California.

08:48

It could've been from anywhere in the country.

08:51

Just because like it was found in Stockton, California,

08:53

doesn't mean it was actually in Stockton, California.

08:55

This is on a highway, so it could be, you know,

08:57

someone from Louisiana or something like that.

08:59

- Mhm.

09:00

That's up there by the Bay, huh?

09:02

- Yeah, that's the Bay.

09:04

- Okay, it seems like a nice part of the state.

09:07

- It's where the Zodiac killed a bunch of people.

09:09

When it became obvious that the fire on the tape

09:11

was not one he had investigated,

09:13

George Wells distributed the video statewide.

09:16

It made its way to Woodside Fire Captain John Dellinges,

09:21

in San Mateo County.

09:23

Dellinges was part of a task force investigating

09:25

a series of arsons about 80 miles west of Stockton in...

09:30

Redwood City, California.

09:31

- [Shane] Mm!

09:32

- Redwood City had once been a small farming town.

09:35

But in 1987, that was changing.

09:38

Seemingly overnight, a series of large affluent homes

09:41

were built throughout town.

09:43

Resentment exploded.

09:45

11 fires were set to homes that were under construction.

09:48

Seven of them burnt to the ground.

09:51

Nobody was hurt,

09:52

but there were millions of dollars in damages.

09:55

In some of the homes,

09:56

graffiti littered the wall with the words,

09:58

"Please no more houses!"

10:01

And neighbors revolt.

10:03

You get that? It was like the Riddler.

10:04

- No more lies.

10:05

- No more lies.

10:07

Woodside Fire Captain John Dellinges

10:09

believed whoever was setting the fires

10:11

was just getting started.

10:12

He explained, quote,

10:13

"Experienced arsonists, number one, they don't leave clues.

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And there were a lot of things left at the scene

10:20

that indicated to us that juveniles were involved."

10:22

(bell dings) End quote.

10:23

Paranoia set in.

10:24

Neighbor was accusing neighbor.

10:27

We got ourselves a little bit

10:27

of a witch trial brewin' here.

10:29

- Yeah.

10:30

You're really selling this person to me.

10:31

And this person's just going around burning down McMansions?

10:35

Nobody's living there?

10:36

It's just these big, ugly houses?

10:37

- You're a demented man. You know that?

10:39

- I mean, nobody's getting hurt.

10:41

Except for-

10:42

- What year were you born? - Developers.

10:44

Uh, '86.

10:45

- I could see it.

10:46

- I could see it too.

10:47

If I were around that area in this time,

10:50

I might be doin' this.

10:51

- All right.

10:52

Kind of incriminating thing to say on camera, but-

10:54

- Now I wanna be clear, I don't support ars...

10:56

Arson is illegal.

10:58

That's an illegal thing to do, to set fire to a place.

11:01

I'm just saying...

11:03

This has already happened, and I think it's funny

11:08

that he burned down a bunch of McMansions.

11:10

- Why did you deliver that like there was someone

11:11

holding a gun on you off camera.

11:13

- I'm just saying...

11:14

- "Nobody should commit arson!"

11:16

- There's nothing we can do about it.

11:17

- No one should do that.

11:19

- This has already happened,

11:20

and unfortunately, I applaud this person.

11:22

- Look, man, just admit you're a sicko.

11:24

You got a poster of this guy on your wall.

11:26

Arson- - [Ryan] You're like...

11:27

"I love this guy!"

11:28

- Arson is illegal, and I denounce it...

11:32

Unequivocally!

11:33

Unilaterally!

11:35

- Why are you crossing your fingers?

11:36

- I applaud this person. I applaud this person.

11:38

(Ryan laughs)

11:40

- Well, glad we delivered that very confusing PSA.

11:45

Let's proceed forth.

11:46

A task force of state and local officials was formed

11:49

to put an end to the fires.

11:51

But they raged on.

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In 1988, four more homes were burnt to the ground.

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One home was set ablaze with people inside.

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- Can't be doin' that.

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- Now this is where you hop off the train.

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- That's where I hop off the train, if it's the same person.

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But also, maybe they just made a mistake.

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- Could you just look at the horror

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of this inferno through this window.

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I don't know if this- - Fires start fast.

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I've watched a lot of videos of fires starting.

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- Yeah.

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- And it would blow your mind, man.

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- I saw "Backdraft" when I was a little kid,

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and I realized I was never cut out to be a fireman.

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- Yeah, it's scary stuff.

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- It looks pretty hot.

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Though it is kind of cool to have the big suit on.

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I went to a fire department once, and I put like-

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- When you're a kid, and they're like,

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"You gotta put all this on."

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And you're like, "What?'

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- "Imagine walking upstairs in this!"

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And I'm like, "No, thanks.

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I'm gonna make YouTube videos."

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- "Surrounded by fire!"

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- The smell of smoke woke them up

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in time to make it out alive.

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Dellinges confessed, quote,

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"We kept up the patrols

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and the nighttime surveillance work,

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but we were still unable to find anybody

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that was responsible for setting these fires"

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End quote.

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By 1990, they had no leads.

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The task force dwindled to only a handful of people.

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The embers went out.

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The case went cold.

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Until the Stockton Arsonist tape

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came into John Dellinges' hands.

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Realizing he had recorded all the fires

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for investigation and training purposes,

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Dellinges set up two TVs side by side,

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and reviewed each tape he had against the arsonist's video.

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The House on Fire Tape.

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Eventually he came across one that fit.

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Here's a screenshot of that side by side.

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He's like Morgan Freeman setting up all the TVs in "Batman".

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- [Shane] Mhm.

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- We're just gonna talk about Batman this entire episode.

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- "Everything burns!"

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- I think this guy fancies himself

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to be somewhat of a Batman.

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A Robin Hood complex, if you will.

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Burning only rich houses.

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- [Shane] Yeah.

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- The date of the fire was August 15th, 1988.

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Exactly a year before the tape had been found.

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By comparing a lamppost, power pole, and trailer,

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they verified that this was the fire from the video.

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When they returned to investigate the scene of the crime,