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Old 10-05-2013, 11:34 PM
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Re: Man Sets Himself on Fire at National Mall

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This story is getting stranger. It seems like most of the news outlets aren't really carrying this story anymore, as it has been removed from most media front pages. Snippet from LA Times article:

Didyk said one of the men told her the man had "saluted the Capitol and then lit himself on fire."

Some reports have suggested he may have tried to film his immolation.

Most of the breaking news pieces mentioned a second man filming the event on a tripod with several witnesses attesting to that as well as multiple bystanders recording the event on their phones. Why has that factoid been removed from all of the major news articles? Aside from the original article I linked, the big name pieces have either been taken down or edited out these admissions. The only mention of the video recording I can find online now is this tweet:

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Witness says she saw man pour gas on himself in the middle of National Mall and then set himself on fire as another person video taped it.
2:14 PM Oct 4th
Is the second guy in custody? Why have the stories been altered and why aren't any of the cell phone vid's coming out online? Total blackout on this.



Photo after being extinguished



Alright, just found a news source that involves the second man. Click here for the full article.
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"The NY Daily News is now reporting that the man had an accomplice – a deliberate witness who set up a camera and tripod and watched as the man doused himself with gasoline and lit his flesh ablaze."
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A witness to the incident, Katy Scheflen, a furloughed civil rights attorney in the Justice Department, was near the scene when she said stopped after seeing “a guy with a tripod set up.”

Scheflen said she saw someone setting up his camera and aiming it towards the man in the center of the lawn.

“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, describing the sickening sound of seeing the man self-ignite with a “whoosh".
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Scheflen said seeing the mounted camera aimed at the unidentified man was a giveaway that the incident was planned.

“He was aware something was about to happen. Otherwise he was filming nothing but a guy standing there,” Scheflen said. “It was obviously an intentional act. Somebody has a video of the whole thing.”
Second article here.

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However, she said she did notice that another man with a tripod was standing nearby, but then he disappeared by the time the police arrived. It was not clear whether or not a recording may exist.

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Re: Man Sets Himself on Fire at National Mall

Seems to me the pixelation may be to reduce the graphic nature of the image for publication.

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Yeah I guess it's okay that he's on fire but rear end nudity is a no-no I guess

As far as why he did it people can only speculate it was involving the government shut down. The media doesn't seem to be asking where the person is who appeared to be part of this, claims are another guy was filming it on a tripod nearby. As far as the folks in the picture I guess they're trying to help.

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This story is getting stranger.
Some reports have suggested he may have tried to film his immolation.

I knew he was a DR member

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**Man Identified**

Man Who Set Himself on Fire at National Mall was From Mt. Laurel, New Jersey

WASHINGTON - October 7, 2013 (WPVI) -- Police in Washington, DC, say the man who set himself on fire at the National Mall was from Burlington County.
He is identified as 64-year-old John Constantino of Mt. Laurel.

Police say Constantino poured a can of gasoline on his head and set himself on fire on the National Mall Friday.

He was transported by U.S. Park Police helicopter to a local hospital in critical condition.

Constantino later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The reason for the self-immolation remains unclear. But it occurred in public view, on a central national gathering place, in a city still rattled by a mass shooting last month and a high-speed car chase outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday that ended with a woman being shot dead by police.

Constantino was standing by himself in the center portion of the Mall when he emptied the contents of a red gasoline can on himself and set himself on fire moments later, said Katy Scheflen, who witnessed it as she walked across the area.

Police say they responded around 4:20 p.m. Friday.

Scheflen said passing joggers took off their shirts in an effort to help douse the flames, and the man was clearly alive as the fire spread. A police department spokesman said he was conscious and breathing at the scene. MedStar Washington Hospital Center tweeted that the man was taken there and he was in critical condition.

"There was not a lot people could do because it was a gasoline fire," Scheflen said.

She said he may have said something before he acted, "but it was nothing intelligible." She said she did not see him holding any signs before he set himself ablaze and that there was another man with a tripod set up near him but did not mention if he was filming.

Lt. Pamela Smith of the U.S. Park Police, which is investigating along with the D.C. police department, said, "I'm not aware of any signage or any articulation of any causes."

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department's TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

Still searching for before photo. Just updated about 40 minutes ago.

October 8, 2013

By M. Alex Johnson, Staff Writer, NBC News

"Man Who Set Himself on Fire on National Mall was Mentally Ill," Family Says

Police at the scene where a man set himself on fire in front of the US Capitol on Friday. The man, who died, was identified as John Constantino, 64, of Mount Laurel, NJ.

The man who died after having set himself ablaze last week on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., had long battled mental illness, his family said Tuesday.

John Constantino, 64, of Mount Laurel, NJ, suffered, "significant," burns over his entire body and died at a hospital, D.C. police said.

Constantino doused himself with gasoline from a red canister and set himself on fire Friday afternoon near the National Air and Space Museum, further rattling a city that was already on edge a day after a Connecticut woman was shot dead after she tried to ram her car through a White House barrier.

His family members said in a statement Tuesday they were, "shocked and deeply saddened," by his violent demise.

"His death was not a political act or statement, but the result of his long battle with mental illness," his family said in a statement released by attorney Jeffrey Cox. Constantino had three adult children.

Initial speculation was that the man may have been homeless, but Burlington County property records listed Constantino as living at a home in Mount Laurel as recently as last week.

Regina Horner, a neighbor, told Reuters Constantino was a pleasant man.

"He was very friendly and showed no signs of depression," Horner said.

"He did not want to talk about politics because the government did not care about us," she added.

"Significant burns? Ya think "Mentally ill?" Of course he was!

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omg look at the evil whites trying to steal his clothes

Damn skippy we do!

Christmas is coming and I wanted to know if he had on the latest Jordan sneakers

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