In 2012, 77 arsons plagued a small, rural community on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Over the span of five months, Accomack County residents and firefighters could not pin down the culprit, who was widely suspected to be living among them. Washington Post writer Monica Hesse reported on the story, which became not just an account of crime but also a tale of love and loss. Hesse joins Kojo with one of the country’s lead “arson hunters” to discuss her latest book, “American Fire.”

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  • Monica Hesse Author, "American Fire"; Reporter, Washington Post; @MonicaHesse
  • Matt Hart Councilmember, Onley, Va.; Leader, Eastern Shore Arson Hunters

When Arson Terrorized A Small, Rural Virginia County

American Fire: When Arson Terrorized A Small Virginia County - The Kojo Nnamdi Show

In 2012, 77 arsons plagued a small, rural community on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Over the span of five months, Accomack County residents and firefighters could not pin down the culprit, who was widely suspected to be a member of their community.

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