Trial by Fire - Did Texas execute an innocent man?

The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, seeping into each room and through crevices in the windows, staining the morning sky.
Buffie Barbee, who was eleven years old and lived two houses down, was playing in her back yard when she smelled the smoke. She ran inside and told her mother, Diane, and they hurried up the street; that’s when they saw the smoldering house and Cameron Todd Willingham standing on the front porch, wearing only a pair of jeans, his chest blackened with soot, his hair and eyelids singed. He was screaming, “My babies are burning up!” His children—Karmon and Kameron, who were one-year-old twin girls, and two-year-old Amber—were trapped inside.
Willingham told the Barbees to call the Fire Department, and while Dia…

Mentally ill Saudi sentenced to death over multiple murders

Man who strangled, stabbed wife, four children suffered from mental health problems

Manama: A court in Saudi Arabia has condemned a Saudi national to death for killing his wife and four children in 2013.

The multiple murders in Sharurah, a small town in the southern part of the kingdom, occurred at around 11.30pm.

The murderer himself reported the murders to the police, telling the officers that he had strangled them before stabbing them in the neck.

Reports said that the murderer decapitated his wife, 26, and then killed his three sons, aged between five and 11, and his two-year-old daughter.

Medical reports confirmed that the killer suffered from mental health problems.

Witnesses said he often mumbled incomprehensibly and that he was abusive and strict with his children.

They said his behaviour worsened a few days before he committed the crime.

On the day of the tragedy, he brought one of his children from the home of his former wife and killed him, according to Saudi reports.

Source: Gulf News, June 30, 2015

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