security guard accused of burning down homes at the suburban Washington housing development where he worked told investigators he was upset his employer did not show enough sympathy after his infant son died this year.
Aaron L. Speed, 21, who worked for Security Services of America, told police he left his job from August to October because of SSA’s “indifference to the death of his infant son,” according to court papers released Friday.
When asked by investigators who might have started the fire, Speed said: “Someone who works at the site and recently experienced a great loss.”
A relative said Speed lost an infant son earlier this year.
Speed had been hired to protect the Hunters Brooke development, where a string of fires Dec. 6 destroyed 10 houses and damaged 16 others. Authorities said it was the biggest residential arson case in Maryland history, with damage put at $10 million. No one was hurt in the fires; many of the houses were under construction.
Early on, there was speculation the fires were set by environmental extremists, because some environmental groups had complained that the houses were a threat to a nearby bog. But no evidence has been found to support that theory, police said.
Several readers think I should be ‘eating crow’ regarding this, and I am not sure why. All I did was state that eco-terrorism should be treated more seriously, as I was relying on the media suggestions that this was in fact eco-terrorism.
As for eating crow- piss off. I don’t think the ELF and ALF and EarthFirst, whose websites all advocate arson (or have in the past), have been unfairly smeared by this website.