Man Who Lit Himself On Fire On National Mall, Has Died

Tyler Durden's picture

In a tragic development, the unidentified man who set himself on fire on the National Mall at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday in between the Air and Space Museum and the National Gallery, and who sustained burns to 80% of his body, has died. AP reports: "A District of Columbia police spokesman says a man who set himself on fire on the National Mall has died his injuries. Officer Araz Alali says the man died Friday night at a hospital where he had been airlifted. He says the man was so badly burned that he will need to be through DNA and dental records. The man poured a can of gasoline on himself in the center portion of the mall Friday afternoon. He then set himself on fire, with passing joggers taking off their shirts to help douse the flames."

Oddly enough, the deceased self-immolator was conscious and coherent enough in the aftermath of the incident to thank passers by for putting out the flames before being taken to hospital:

The man reportedly thanked the joggers before he was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center by a U.S. Park Police helicopter that landed on the Mall.


Fire department spokesman Tim Wilson said the man suffered life-threatening injuries, but was conscious and breathing at the scene.


Authorities are now investigating the man's motives.

As AP adds, Police are investigating the man's possible motives for doing so. They will hardly find any, as the last thing the Obama administration needs right now is to start explaining why D.C. has become ground zero for America's own Arab Spring. Especially, if in a country in which fomenting class and social hatred once again boils down to racial characteristics.

Some more recollections by observers:

"I saw like a spark," she said. "Then he just went completely up in flames."


"Some heads up joggers put out the flames," she said. "A guy took his shirt off, ran over, you know, start trying to beat the flames out. A couple other joggers also stopped to help."


"It's very shocking," she said. "It's horrifying. Literally watching this guy go up in flames. There was not really anything anybody could do."

A question has emerged: was it an act meant to be documented, and if so why:

Katy Scheflen, a furloughed civil rights attorney in the Justice Department, said she stopped because she saw "a guy with a tripod set up."


Scheflen said another man, who she thought the tripod with a camera was filming, then took a red can of gasoline, poured it over his head.


"At that point we didn't know what was going, maybe it was some sort of stage protest," Scheflen said. "And then he set himself on fire and went up in flames," she said. "Whoosh."


Scheflen said the presence of a mounted camera gave her the impression "he was aware something was about to happen. Otherwise he was filming nothing but a guy standing there."


"It was obviously an intentional act," she said. "Somebody has a video of the whole thing."


Scheflen said the man may have said something beforehand “but it was nothing intelligible.”

And speaking of the seasons, in Tunisia it was Mohamed Bouazizi's self-immolation on December 17, 2010 (and subsequent death 18 days later) that sparked the Arab Spring reaching as far as Saudi Arabia and China. One wonders: will the death of the so far unidentified man lead to anything more than even more vocal and relentless fingerpointing at assorted highly politicized media echo chambers.

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The man with pointy horns's picture

Why is the man's back pixelized?

Bloody censorship...

buckethead's picture

I don't suppose it was due to the gory nature of the image...


Hard to find a funny thing to say about such events.

CH1's picture

Yeah, jokes don't seem appropriate at this point.

General Decline's picture

I hope he secured the appropriate permits prior to doing this.

Max Hunter's picture

If not, they will find someone to charge, now that he's no longer with us.

F. Bastiat's picture

Red gas can.  An assault container. Holder will sue Exxon.

Smegley Wanxalot's picture

Sue the gas can manufacturer for omitting the explicit warning "DO NOT POUR CONTENTS OVER YOUR HEAD AND LIGHT A MATCH."

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

This too is the fault of Dubya - he's an oil man.
Kudos to the fellas who tried to help.

NoDebt's picture

Must have used an old pre-California gas can.  Ever try to pour gas out of a new one?  Damned near impossible.  Twist this, push that, stand on your head and use your third hand to lift it up and tip it over to pour.

tmosley's picture

His name was *CENSORED*.

His name was *CENSORED*.

His name was *CENSORED*.

Let us not allow his sacrifice to go to waste.

Call me Ishmael's picture

I'm betting this guy was on, or coming off of anti-depressants.

The answer to why did the lady try to drive through the White House's barrier, what went wrong with the mass shooters that caused them to break is anti-depressants. 

It's news that's never brought to you by your drug manufacturing news sponsors.

Jack Burton's picture

Bingo. I believe too that he was probably taking those mental health drugs. Veterans of Iraq are being given them like candy. Their suicide rates are off the scale! I suspect the medications. The drug companies have covered this up for profit. They are prepared to kill for a good bottom line.

FEDbuster's picture

Park Police were too busy guarding the WW2 Memorial from 90+ year old WW2 vets in wheelchairs to be of help trying to put out the guy on fire.

CrashisOptimistic's picture

He was being given whatever drug can be tied to the Tea Party and Golden Dawn.

PT's picture

... or he knew the woman who was shot?

... or ... Manifesto, naval yard, DC, bald-headed black man ... Chris Dorner, is that you?  Now he is immortal! 

Sofa King Confused's picture

I think he just wanted to try out his new Obama Care.

Manthong's picture

Self-immolation is a frequently used form of protest and expression in other areas of the world.

This abhorrent act used to be unthinkable in the right-minded homogeneous country that the USA previously was.

But now that we are left-minded, way multicultural, fractionalized and financialized, we get to experience things that are not in the American tradition.

..and/or maybe this is just one of the results of the success of the “War on Drugs”.

Socratic Dog's picture

Those non-uniformed bystanders who tried to help the poor bastard need to be made an example of.  That was a job for an official!

Socratic Dog's picture

"They are prepared to kill for a good bottom line"

Well, yes, they are.  The medical industry is the leading cause of death in the US.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Ishmael, we used to keep dangerously crazy people in institutions. The rate of mass murder incidents jumped up when patented drugs and therapy took over that job.

XitSam's picture

This brings up a question. Did he arrive by car? How far did he walk from his car tha no one noticed him carrying a red gasoline can?  In security paranoid DC?  Or did he walk the streets to get to the national mall?  Was the gas can in a backpack or something?

eatthebanksters's picture

What is really sad and ironic is that both the gal that was shot in her car after the ramming incident at the White House gate, and this poor guy, are black.  What are they saying to their President?

walküre's picture

The "President" is not black. So there's that.

General Decline's picture

The typical African (living on the continent of Africa, that is) views Obama as a white person.  As far as an African's presprective goes, if you're 1/2 white and 1/2 black, you are WHITE.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Obama was raised by whites, but leftist whites. That's what makes him "black" in America.

Jumbotron's picture

And let us not forget that Obama is not even the FIRST black president.....Bill Clinton was so said Toni Morrison.

All Risk No Reward's picture

Tell that to the Tutsies who were mass murdered while Bill Clinton fiddled.

Ghosts of Rwanda

Biggest Finance Capital needed mass death to create pretext for "responsibility to p[rotect" so they can turn loose terrorists to lob chemical weapons, blame the nation they are attacking and use that as a pretext to cover up their international war crimes against sovereign nations.

Genocidal Hegelian Dialectic piled upon genocidal Hegelian Dialectic.


Zadok's picture

Da pres'dnt half crack'r!

duo's picture

A:  "we voted for you because we though you would make our life better, but it's much, much worse than before you took office.  How could you do that to us?"

Spigot's picture

"What is really sad and ironic is that both the gal that was shot in her car after the ramming incident at the White House gate, and this poor guy, are black.  What are they saying to their President?"

Well, it certainly speaks to the abysmal economic circumstances of many in the "black" community, was well as the rampant drug use that exists areas dominated by same.

The guy could have been high as hell on bath salts, and decided he needed to "show people how to get their message across to Obama"...

And the woman? Maybe she was also high as hell on some other drug and decided she needed to talk to Obama in person, damn it. So, she took her daughter with her to help get her message across to Obama...

But none of that matters as they are both dead.

I suspect more to follow as people dependent on EBT cards no longer can use them and people start to unravel.

TBT or not TBT's picture

The black family got destroyed by Democrat policies, starting with slavery, but carrying for a dozen more decades then getting really busy under LBJ's Great Society etc. Since the 60's intact families and legitimate childbirths have sunken to tragic levels. Its a democrat caused disaster.

All Risk No Reward's picture

>>What are they saying to their President?"<<

Absolutely nothing.  How are people so ignorant to think that the actions of a couple people reflect on another person simply because of skin color.

How did Jeffrey Dahmer's actions reflect on white people?

What an ignorant question.

Folsk, drop the divide to conqueur perception management conditioning.

We are all individuals.  Stop dividing people up for the benefit of the conquering oligarchs.

I know most people's minds crave simiplicity and the illusion of knowledge, but they are barriers to true knowledge.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

I guess I will have to wait until the MSM tells me a lie about what happened to the burning man.

RiverRoad's picture

The shooter at the naval shipyard also was black.   That certainly makes Obama's issues with Travon Martin and racists a non-issue. 

Oldballplayer's picture

Just a note to those who may want to burn themselves:

Splash a lot on the ground around yourself. That prevents pesky heroes from getting to you.
Do it in the street if possible--more smoke, more attention.
Leave your manifesto up on your Facebook page to make it easier for the world to see.
Send your id to a few newspapers because the cops are not going to all allow it to be known until everything is scrubbed.

Don't say or yell anything. No one will understand anyway. The fire will get their attention.

Better yet, Just don't do it.

It's really gonna hurt.

Harbanger's picture

If there was a polical motive or point to be made, he really sucked at delivering the message.  That's why I'm leaning towards bath salts as the reason.

Spigot's picture

Drug induced psychosis IMO both cases.

New World Chaos's picture

Maybe the guy with the tripod was supposed to deliver the message later, but the Gestappo tracked him down first?  They obviously don't want the message, or even the immolator's identity to get out.  That's why they blocked his license plate.

Give them another day or two to change the message and run it through a focus group.  It will be something pro-Obama, anti-shutdown, MOAR government.  Poor guy chose such a horrible way to die and they will make a mockery of his sacrifice.

A Lunatic's picture

No shit. I've never spilled more gas than with these new and improved containers. They also swell up like a balloon in the heat because there is no external vent, so when you finally manage to open it up it spews a stream of gas for twelve yards. It also takes twenty minutes to pour five gallons into your car. The nozzles usually shit the bed after the ninth use or so and all of the guts fall into the container, making the whole thing a complete and total fraud upon the consumer. The best use of one I've found is to throw it in the trash.........

XitSam's picture

Amazon has a nice new green metal 5 gallon (well, 20 liter) can made by Atlantic British. They are great! Expensive but last forever.  I did not say it was a gas can, that would be a violation of federal law.  (Watch for rust in used jerry cans, bring a flashlight when buying)

*Note: Federal law prohibits the use of this container for the storage of fuel and California law prohibits the sale of any this jerry cans to California residents

RafterManFMJ's picture

Buy US military surplus. Still plenty of great 5 gallon metal cans around.

Moe Howard's picture

Don't forget the donkey dick.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Please sir! Children read this blog!

kchrisc's picture

"The criminals of government always accomplish the opposite of the stated goal. ALWAYS."

SnobGobbler's picture

then you set down the "safety can" and the fucker leaks all over the place.

jerry_theking_lawler's picture

Amen! Hopefully the guy realized that in a true 'time of need' his fellow citizens stood up to help him....praying for the persons family.

Urban Redneck's picture

They DID sue the gas can manufacturer (right out of business) - look what happened to Blitz USA- it's why no one in the US can buy functional gas cans anymore (and the Chinese crap-makers dominate the market)...

smlbizman's picture

did he die of dc lead poisoning