Fiend confesses to elevator blaze that killed B’klyn woman who fired him
By LARRY CELONA, LAUREL BABCOCK and BOB FREDERICKS
A Brooklyn fiend repaid the kindness of an elderly woman who hired him for odd jobs by first stealing from her — and then burning her alive when she fired him, police said yesterday. “I hope he burns in hell!” the victim’s stricken daughter, Sheila Gillespie Hillsman, 49, fumed to pals on Facebook.
Accused sadistic killer Jerome “Jerry’’ Isaac, 47, was reeking of gasoline when he turned himself in to cops more than eight hours after the horrific torching of tragic 73–year-old churchgoer Delores Gillespie.
Cops said Isaac was furious that the postal clerk had refused to pay him for some of the work he’d done at her Prospect Heights apartment after she discovered he’d swiped her kitchenware and DVD player. Isaac allegedly ambushed the terrified woman at 4:10 p.m. Saturday, standing in the fifth-floor hallway of her building as the elevator doors opened and she started to step off, returning from a trip to Key Foods with bags hanging from her wrists.
Isaac sprayed her with a flammable liquid, used a barbecue lighter to set her ablaze, tossed a Molotov cocktail at her and then sprayed her again for extra measure even though she was already engulfed in flames, screaming in agony, police said. The madman then fled — first to his nearby apartment at 315 Lincoln Place that he shared with his brother in the gentrifying neighborhood to also try to set it ablaze, police said. He managed to only damage the door frame. LINK
I’m not what most of us think of as a religious person. That’s because I have my issues with organized religion. But that doesn’t mean that I’m not a spiritual person. As far as I am concerned they are two different things. Growing up Catholic and witnessing the scandals that have plagued the Church and the Church hierarchy’s response to them as well as some of the political positions the Church has taken have left myself and many other faithful completely disaffected. In my spiritual life I have learned to separate traditional Church dogma from the spirit of being a Christian. Today I identify more closely as a Christian than I do as a Catholic. In any event I strongly believe in the Christian teaching of good and evil, right and wrong. If ever there was a case to be made for the existence of evil in our midst this is it.
This savage animal killed this woman without remorse and in a most heinous manner. He is evil in its most pure form. If you ever ponder the philosophical question of whether or not there is good and evil I think you need to look no further than a case like this. This poor woman wanted to do something good and hired this maniac to help her worth some odd jobs. Maybe she was a bit naive to be sure. Most likely her desire to do something good for someone who she thought just needed a chance or an opportunity outweighed her instinct of self-preservation. She clearly didn’t see the evil coming her way.
Some very religious people may even identify this killer as a modern manifestation of a Demon or other evil spirit. I don’t know if using a label like that makes any difference. I’m comfortable identifying him as pure evil. So let this remind us all of a few things. One- there IS evil in this world like it or not. There are evil people out there capable of doing the most gruesome things to their fellow humans, often without remorse. Two- you never know when you will cross paths with a “Demon” or other manifestation or evil so you should always be on guard. Three- We as a society must confront evil when we see it and call it as such. Someone who is capable of incinerating another defenseless human being, alive in broad daylight, for no reason is not an object of legal pity or reason. They are what they are…