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Bunch murder, arson case featured in new book

GREENSBURG – The story of a former Decatur County woman jailed for nearly two decades in connection with the home fire that killed her young son is featured in the recently-published third edition of a true crime anthology.

Kristine Bunch’s saga to overturn her 1996 arson and murder conviction is detailed in Andrew E. Stoner’s Notorious 92, a new book that delves into “the most infamous murders from each of Indiana’s 92 counties.”

Locally, there are perhaps few similar cases that garnered as much attention as that of Bunch’s.

After a fire destroyed her Lake McCoy trailer home and killed her 3-year-old son, Tony, in June 1995, Bunch was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the boy’s death.

The prosecution built its case on evidence from fire investigators who claimed accelerants were used to start to the blaze, and the presence of such materials indicated the fire had been set intentionally. The

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Accomack arson book adds to local crime tales

I’m thinking about true crime stories after reading the recent Daily Times story about the new book, “American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land” by Monica Monk.

Are you a true crime fan? I’m a former used bookseller who often sold true crime to fans.

Every used true-crime book in the store would eventually sell. They are what I call evergreens– and guaranteed sales. Used ones were easier to sell than they were to buy for inventory.

I saw “American Fire” recently on the corner of the Barnes and Noble information desk, where this local book could be pointed out should a customer ask for it. I was surprised to see the book was marked sociology, not true crime.

With more than 70 arsons, Charlie Smith and Tonya

Read more at: http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/opinion/2017/07/27/burn-accomack-county-charlie-tonya/103854470/

‘American Fire’ spotlights a troubling rural arson spree solved by old-fashioned legwork

July 13, 2017
A century ago, Virginia’s Accomack County was one of the wealthiest rural regions in the entire United States. Then it drifted. Farming dried up, and the glitzy resort hotel shut down. Now this colonial-era outpost on a peninsula between Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean is one of Virginia’s poorest counties.

In 2012, somebody torched an abandoned house. Then another building went up in flames. And another. By the time it was all over, investigators counted almost 80 arson-set fires, a string of blazes that criss-crossed the county and nipped at its northern border with Maryland. No one would be killed, but the fires left this red county in a blue state both focused and frightened.

Who did it? A troubled couple in love. He was a car mechanic and volunteer firefighter, she managed a little women’s clothes shop, and they lived ordinary blue-collar lives. Then,

Read more at: https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2017/0713/American-Fire-spotlights-a-troubling-rural-arson-spree-solved-by-old-fashioned-legwork