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Segment 3 (Arson For Profit) #495424

NBC Evening News for Monday, Sep 19, 1977
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(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

Reporter(s):
Chancellor, John;
Hunt, Richard
Duration:
00:04:20

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