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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Pladizow's picture

A symbol of Obummer's Presidency!

tsx500's picture

is it just me , or has there been almost NO media coverage of this incident ? ?

McMolotov's picture

Yeah, I didn't even see it on Drudge. It's like it never even happened.

Horrible way to go. And no matter what the guy's politics were, or whether he was crazy or stupid or whatever, this shit takes some balls.

Whatever. I raise my Irish coffee to him. RIP.

Pig Circus's picture

Drudge had it up briefly yesterday:

Man sets himself on FIRE on National Mall... ^
From the October 04, 2013 23:33:24 GMT edition of the Drudge Report.

Nothing on Fox News last night or today. They are all in on it, supressing the news.

CH1's picture

Nothing on Fox News last night or today. They are all in on it, supressing the news.

Yup, the needs of the regime comes first!

logically possible's picture

Why should this be national headline news? Do you know how many people try to commit suicide in a day in this nation? The reason for this even making the news is because of location, gas and all the unknown assumption.

yogibear's picture

It's bad press for king Obama.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

What "Media" is there besides ZH?

And no, I did not see it on the evening news here on the West Coast (even with the 3hr lag).

walküre's picture

Spiegel is carrying it under the same headline as "US budget wars"

That's how this incident helps substantiate American credibility overseas.

Jim in MN's picture

It is being suppressed out of fear.  They know who he is.  There is a picture of the guy's minivan with brown paper or cardboard over the rear license plate that I saw somewhere.  The vehicle has a VIN for cryin' out loud.


It is probably in a file in the President's hands as we speak.


But the people will not be informed.


Until the real video is released????

rbg81's picture

Is some nutjob who sets himself on fire really "news"?  And, yes, anyone who would set themselves on fire is clearly a nutjob.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

I don't see women taking their clothes off to save this guy.
Clearly they want to be paid for this, at least in DC. ;-)

A Nanny Moose's picture

How could this happen in the Untied States? We need more oversight...a new department to facilitate the lack of communication between existing agencies, and to must ensure that no act of public self termination goes unpunished. Think of the impacts of such horrors, to the minds of the children.

NOZZLE's picture

they could always rearrest the guy who put up the anti Muslim video

Crash Overide's picture

They should probably close all the parks to protect us from ourselves.

Ranger4564's picture

Where have you been, they have been closing the parks across the world... NYC, Oakland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, etc etc etc in the US. Turkey, Greece, Cypress, etc.

Umh's picture

Just imagine the resources it will take to enforce this stupidity.

"Until government funding is restored, the fishing boats are prohibited from taking anglers into 1,100 square-miles of open ocean."
Smegley Wanxalot's picture

This is absolutely no joke.  The resultant global warming will need to be addressed for decades.


Burn in DC, burn in hell, whats the difference?

XenoFrog's picture

He was so happy to get signed up for Obamacare that he literally burst into flames.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Aren't we still waiting for a story of someone successfully signing up? I mean a real one, not the organizing for America shill who lied about it.

Freddie's picture

RIP.  Very sad.  Kudos to the joggers and people in the park who tried to save him. 

The same thing with that lady yesterday who they shot and killed in fornt or her child.

F**king police state is getting worse by the day.  The digusting media still loves their usurper dick-tater.

Chandos's picture

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


Agreed..anyone making light of this will promptly get crucified, and rightly so...

TBT or not TBT's picture

But then this is Fight Club, here, where...oh nevermind. You had to see the movie

F. Bastiat's picture

Disappointment in "Hope" and "Change" is reaching unprecedented levels.

Deacon Frost's picture

Propaganda is of no use to the politician unless he has something to say which the public, consciously or unconsciously, wants to hear.”

? Edward L. Bernays, Propaganda

F. Bastiat's picture


If Floyd Corkins, Chris Dorner, Ed Schultz, John Muhammed, Hussein Obama, Lee Boyd Malvo, Demetrius Glenn, Lakim Faust, Allan Brauer, Michael Davis, and Aaron Alexis are any indication, today's liberals are becoming increasingly unhinged, violent, and aggressive.

Pig Circus's picture

Fortunately, ecexpt for King Hussein, I don't know a one of those names.

verum quod lies's picture

As the gulf between their promised/theoretical utopia and reality widens the lies and acts of violence must increase. It is the truth that is in ever shorter supply as the big lie turns into ever bigger lie and so on until the collapse is complete and/or TPTB simply slink away to find some other host.

walküre's picture

The Grand Canyon between rich and poor in the US and the lack of opportunity unless you're rich is the only thing that matters going forward.

Renewable Life's picture

This was most likely the ultimate act of personal protest against his government!!! And I may add, the most Nobel and righteous!! If these crazed gunman and mass murder types had one ounce of the courage and commitment this man had, they would be doing the same and not spraying random people with bullets in random places!!

Having said that though, I hope this man didn't think America would react the same way as the Arabs in the Middle East did several,years ago!!! Those people in the Middle East understand they are living in a dictatorship and tyrannical society and they only needed a spark to ignite it! Americans in mass, still truly believe they are MOST free society on earth and the guardians of truth, freedom, and democracy everywhere!!! ( non Americans, begin to laugh now)

NFL just kicked off, it's sweeps season, and the Voice is bigger then ever, as long as the money (crack cocaine) keeps pumping in the form of trillions of dollars of spending, welfare, government jobs, etc etc, this incident will be forgotten by Monday!! I'm mean, are you ready for some football, or what???

walküre's picture

you're overestimating the power of the media and underestimating the power of righteous anger of the people

it can only be contained so long before BOOM

Renewable Life's picture

Maybe, but its a zero sum game for the big gov types, so they feel like they will always hold all the cards and even if they don't, they bluff better the the other guys!!

There is no party in America that represents "the people" as defined by our founders!!! Only ones who want a Kenyesian orgy of spending or just a run of the mill kegger party of's still a tax and spending party all the same!

So I'm not sure where you think the boom comes from??? I hope I'm wrong, but I'm planning for this shit to continue for another 5-8 years at this point!!

lasvegaspersona's picture


the unnoticed ticking time bomb is the 'gold' market. When GLD loses a bit more of it's inventory and it becomes clear that delivery cannot occur this market will close. Then  a real gold market must develop. The dollar then goes wobbly. This is happening now. GLD has lost 450 tons since January. It is now below 900 tons.

It does not look like it will last "5-8 more years."

Gold is still the basis of money. Don't let anyone fool you. Ask the Saudis, the Chinese, the Thais, the Indians, the Russians....even the US Treasury has stated they can't sell what they have or the world would 'lose confidence.' Look especially to the Euro. It declares 10,800 tons ON IT'S BALANCE SHEET. That says to the world 'you tell us what the Euro is worth'. When gold goes the whole linked currency goes.

prains's picture

A man sets himself on fire in Amerika and it barely registers as an "event" in the media...........Miley Cyrus sticks her ass in the air and the American Media loses its fucking mind with blanket coverage for weeks........When you start your revolution





clear out all media outlet buildings, take over the television and radio stations

blabam's picture

He didn't burn that!

max2205's picture

Hate to be racist but two african americans losing it in DC is as many days will lead to none allowed if this continues

F. Bastiat's picture

In America, liberals are crazy.  Complete lunatics.  The last two idiots in DC just provide more and more evidence of it. 

vxpatel's picture

If you ever want to light yourself up, just let me know...i'll bring a camera.

F. Bastiat's picture

You're the bomb.  Figuratively speaking, of course.

vxpatel's picture

i wish i had this guy's balls...but of course i wouldn't self immolate....there are 100 other people i'd immolate first.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Initiation of force is not the way, young grasshopper.

vxpatel's picture

true, conscious consuming is the way of the future...the only thing required is people to engage their thinking before spending money.

ebear's picture

Who's initiating?

When all else fails, it is righteous to take up the sword. --Guru Gobind Singh

Live free or die, young moose.

vxpatel's picture

Artists, writers, poets, film makers, musicians, shaman

duo's picture

Big Tex at the Texas State fair did it last year.