Search the Archive

Segment 3 (Arson For Profit) #495424

NBC Evening News for Monday, Sep 19, 1977
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws. For any such use, please visit NBC NEWS Archives XPRESS.

(Studio) Professional arsonists set fires for hire and in so doing endanger lives, wreck neighborhoods and cheat insurance companies
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(NYC) Deliberate fire to burn company in Shelton, Connecticut, noted. (Film shown.) Was set to get insurance money; FBI and local police found evidence of arson and S were convicted. Arson in New York City cited. [Ins. executive Thomas FINLEY - notes cost of arson to public in premiums paid for insurance] Increased number of busmen. turned to arson in economy squeeze of 1974; things better now but arson still increases Arson case in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, noted; arson is cause of 1 out of 6 fires in eastern Pennsylvania. There is so much suspected arson in area that federal and local agencies have formed arson squad with headquarters in office of United States attorney David Marston. [MARSTON - notes arson is often not done by hard-core criminal, but just as often by busman. helping out another who's in trouble. Cites how arson subject and decision usually come up.] Evidence is usually destroyed in fire and it's almost impossible to connect landlord with arsonist. New York City fire marshal's assts. take reporter to talk to arson informer. [INFORMER - says all one has to do is let it be known what is required and there's always someone on street to do it.] [Philadelphia fire commissioner Joseph RIZZO - notes book called "American Is Burning", put out by National Fire Control Admin.; says title is truth.] No one knows how to stop it.
REPORTER: Richard Hunt

Chancellor, John;
Hunt, Richard

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.