IMPOTENCY BEHIND COUPLE’S ARSON SPREE IN VIRGINIA: EX-FIREFIGHTER TORCHED 67 BUILDINGS TO PLEASE GIRLFRIEND
- ‘The moment I fell in love with her, my d–k stopped working,’ Smith later told cops
- ‘I want you to set that house on fire,’ Bundick told her boyfriend abruptly one November night in 2012, as the two were driving in their car, Hesse writes
- The couple was convicted of torching 67 buildings
( Daily Mail ) The stunning sexual motivation behind a massive arson spree that rocked a rural community has been revealed.
The dark secret behind Charles Robert Smith III and girlfriend Tonya Susan Bundick’s 2012 arson rampage across Accomack County, Virginia was revealed last month in a new book by Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse.
In American Fire, Hesse traces the investigation that kept a community on edge, with firefighters sleeping in the station instead of going home, and police staking out abandoned buildings as blazes sprang up nearly every night.
At the end of the Smith and Bundick’s rampage, the couple was convicted of torching 67 buildings, but the question has always remained: why did they do it?
Smith, a former captain of the Tasley Volunteer Fire Department, was an auto mechanic with a history of drug troubles.
He met Bundick at Shucker’s Roadhouse, about the only nightlife option in the community on the Delmarva Peninsula jutting between the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.
Money was tight for the couple, as Bundick tried to open a boutique clothing shop and Smith opened an auto body shop.
‘They were broke, they were isolated from their families,’ Hesse writes. ‘They were low on work, and they were going to the Food Lion and they were eating garbage.”
But the trigger for the crime was a frustration of a more personal nature.
‘The moment I fell in love with her, my d–k stopped working,’ Smith later told cops.
The arson spree started out as a twisted attempt to satisfy his girlfriend, Smith later confessed.
‘I want you to set that house on fire,’ Bundick told her boyfriend abruptly one November night in 2012, as the two were driving in their car, Hesse writes.
Smith agreed, got out of the car and came back saying he’d done it, although he hadn’t actually gone through with setting the blaze.
But Bundick, seemingly excited by the idea of the fire, went back to check and found Smith hadn’t set the fire.
‘Never send a man to do a woman’s job,’ she said, according to Hesse.
The went back together and burned the house down together, launching a 142-day arson spree that terrorized the county.