No, not that one.
A man who was critically injured when he poured gasoline over his body and set himself on fire on the Mall on Friday has died of his injuries, according to D.C. police.
The man was airlifted to MedStar Washington Hospital Medical Center, where he died about 9 p.m. Friday, said Officer Araz Alali, a D.C. police spokesman.
The man could not immediately be identified because his burns were so severe. Medical personnel will try to determine who he was using DNA analysis, Alali said.
Authorities did not say what might have motivated him.
He was standing near Seventh Street and Jefferson Drive about 4:30 p.m Friday when he picked up a brightly colored gasoline canister and doused himself, said Katy Scheflen, a furloughed Justice Department worker who was nearby.
“It didn’t look real,” Scheflen said. “It looked like it would happen in a movie. That’s how fast he went up in flames.”
Scheflen said a jogger running by ripped off his shirt and tried to smother the flames. Soon, others in the area did the same thing. The man was then was airlifted to the MedStar center.
The incident happened just blocks from the scene of a car chase that closed the Capitol a day earlier and set Washington on edge.
Meghan Van Heertum, a tourist from Wisconsin, was walking on the Mall when the incident unfolded. “I saw cops fly up from all directions,” she said.
She said she saw one of the officers kick something that was on fire near the man who was lying on the ground at that point. Van Heertum said she saw flames rising a couple of feet off the ground near the man.
She said the air “smelled strongly of burning flesh.”
U.S. Park Police officers found the man engulfed in flames when they arrived, said Maj. Patrick Smith. He said the incident was under investigation.
“I did not see flames on him, but his face and his arms were charred, and the ground nearby was in flames,” said Nicole Didyk of the District, who was jogging on the Mall when she saw the incident.
Didyk said she spoke to one of the men who helped the injured man. After the flames were extinguished, Didyk was told, the man thanked the people who came to his aid.
There appeared to be a red gas can, a yellow tarp and crumpled newspapers near the scene, in the center of the Mall.
Police had cordoned off a large swath around the area, and dozens of police vehicles were nearby. D.C. police spokeswoman Saray Leon said the man was “conscious and breathing” when firefighters responded.
In a testament to the strange and chaotic week it had been in Washington, a group of tourists snapped photographs of themselves in front of the police tape near the scene, with the Capitol looming in the background.
Postmodern media has an overwhelming desire to provide images. They don’t merely “supplement” the story — they are the story, as far as those in charge are concerned. Yet in this instance there weren’t any. Apparently everything happened so fast no “Mainstream” media rep was present and no one pulled out a cellphone phone to record it.
And so Pravda provides us with images of absence.
What happened is most remindful of THIS
And who can forget Madame Nhu?
On 2 November 1963, Diệm and Nhu, were assassinated in a coup d’état led by General Dương Văn Minh (Armed Forces Council) with the understanding that the United States would not intervene. At the time of the assassinations, Madame Nhu was in Beverly Hills, California, traveling with her 18-year-old daughter, Ngô Đình Lệ Thủy. Her other children were in Vietnam at the family retreat in Đà Lạt and she feared that they would meet the same fate as their father The children were not harmed by the generals and were flown out of the country into exile in Rome, where they were placed in the custody of their uncle, Archbishop Thục. Madame Nhu later flew to Rome to join them.
In response to the killings of Diệm and Nhu, she immediately accused the United States, saying “Whoever has the Americans as allies does not need enemies”, and that “No coup can erupt without American incitement and backing” She went on to predict a bleak future for Vietnam and said that, by being involved in the coup, the troubles of the United States in Vietnam were just beginning. She called the deaths an “indelible stigma” against the Americans and said “My family has been treacherously killed with either official or unofficial blessing of the American government, I can predict to you now that the story is only at its beginning.” She invoked biblical analogies, saying “Judas has sold the Christ for thirty pieces of silver. The Ngô brothers have been sold for a few dollars.” When asked if she wanted asylum in the United States, she said, “I cannot stay in a country whose government stabbed me in the back. I believe all the devils in hell are against us.”
In the aftermath of the coup, the statues of the Trưng Sisters that Madame Nhu had erected with her own facial features were demolished by jubilant anti-Diệm rioters. The Times of Vietnam office was also burned down, and the newspaper was never published again.
The military government of Vietnam under General Dương Văn Minh confiscated all of the property in Saigon that belonged to Madame Nhu and her family, and she was not allowed to return to South Vietnam. She went to Rome briefly before moving permanently to France with her children. Her daughter, Lệ Thủy, died in 1967, at age 22, in an automobile accident in Longjumeau, France
On 2 November 1986, Madame Nhu charged the United States with hounding her family during the arrest of her younger brother, Trần Văn Khiêm, who was charged in the strangling deaths of their parents in their Washington, D.C. home after being cut out of their will.
In the 1990s, she was reportedly living on the French Riviera and charging the press for interviews. In 2002, Madame Nhu gave an interview to journalist Truong Phu Thu of Dân Chúa Mỹ Châu, a Vietnamese Catholic community publication. It was published in October 2004. The article stated that she was living in Paris and working on her memoirs.
In 1993, she sued her parents’ insurance company to prevent it from awarding their death benefit because she contested the validity of their wills. Her parents allegedly changed their wills, disinheriting their son Khiem and Madame Nhu and making their sister Le Chi the sole beneficiary.
In her last years, she lived with her eldest son, Ngô Đình Trác, and youngest daughter Ngô Đình Lệ Quyên, in Rome, and was reportedly working on a book of memoirs to be published posthumously Her memoirs would be written in French and would be translated into Vietnamese and Italian.
In early April 2011, she was taken to a hospital in Rome where she died three weeks later, on Easter Sunday, 24 April 2011. News of her death was announced by her sister Lechi Oggeri. Family friend Truong Phu Thu was interviewed by BBC News after Madame Nhu’s death.
Take it away Elvis!