“One of my homes is Firebombed”


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In late June 2015 one of my tenant’s friends came by at around 3 am and thru a Molotov cocktail into the back door of one of my homes. He intended to burn my tenant and her 4 year old daughter to death while they were sleeping. Fortunately neither my tenant or her daughter were home. My tenant came up to me, at the end of the day and apologized for the home being destroyed AND then asked me when could she get her security deposit BACK!!! I was speechless.


Many people on the block knew who the arsonist was yet no one knew his name. No one knows anything. I am told that he still drives around the neighborhood…to  this day. It has been 6 months since the fire Marshall gave me her 10 page report stating the investigation is still pending! It has bee 6 months since the Camden City police department has yet to responded to my queries about the investigation!


My wife and I have had a face to face meeting with the NJ state senator, in her office, for discussion and assistance…no word as of yet! However she did say that the police department would install a ‘eye in the sky’ camera on a telephone pole in front of my shop building. There use to be one there last year but for some unknown reason the camera was removed in October.

I now know what it must feel like when I see, on TV, some person or family who has had their home destroyed by a drone or and madman who wants to kill the inhabitants. If anyone is interested in buying one charbroiled home please contact me. $50K up in smoke. As they often say in Camden…”Thanks Be to Jesus.” Mr. John

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3 Responses to “One of my homes is Firebombed”

  • Carol Ward says:

    John & Amy,
    This fire bombing has left, I’m sure, scars on your souls. It’s very frightening to think about how much
    hate the bomjber had to intend to harm two human beings. The silence of onlookers is one reason such crimes con ontinue. Someone must have seen enough to convict the guilty person.
    I for one am sorry this ever happened!

  • Frank Bruno says:

    It is interesting that I read all these articles about rebuilding Camden, but I have a feeling it is all about big developers. Which you are not. Although your burned out home has impacted the block tremendously, the spirit of renewing Camden doesn’t apply to Fourth Street. Everybody is doing there job?????????, but no completed reports no results. Things being done the Camden way, or should I say the wrong way. A speculator-not an investor like you should be a priority to the City for assistance. A real shame. A block across the street from Scared Heart School with tenants and home-owners with a burnt out building in the middle of the block. It says a lot about the City’s mentality. An area where the church, school, and theatre are within blocks. It should be a priority to fix the one eye sore in the area. I hope you can see my head shaking. As things change some things don’t change at all! Keep the Faith, have the Strength to carry on.

  • Marc Marini says:

    I remember showing Cindy that house years ago look what aunt Ann gave us to live in as I opened the door Cindy said cool I can see clear to the train tracks where is the back wall I told her I can fix it not a problem after rebuilding the wall I installed plumbing heating and new wiring for the first time it never had any of those things before.
    everyone would say wow you have a beautiful home then Marcus came down with DMD so we rebuilt it again to accommodate his needs then moved rented for awhile and sold it to john

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