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The Prosecutor and the Snitch

In 2004, Cameron Todd Willingham was executed for starting a fire that killed his three daughters. The case hinged on the testimony of a jailhouse informant named Johnny E. Webb. Today, Webb says he lied.

Previously: "Trial By Fire," David Grann's 2009 article on the Willingham case.

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Letters From an Arsonist

Thomas Sweatt torched D.C. for decades and was finally jailed for killing one person. During a year-long correspondence from prison with a reporter, he confessed there were more.

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Love and Fire

Serial arson in rural Virginia: a love story.

Previously: The Longorm Guide to Fire.

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Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream

On Lucille Miller, who in San Bernadino in 1964 was convicted of burning her husband to death in his Volkswagen.

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Firestarter

From prison, a member of the Earth Liberation Front tells her story.

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The Town That Burned Itself Down

For 18 months, Coatesville, Penn., was besieged with an improbable number of arsons.  But who started the fires – and why?

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Church Burners

Early last year, 10 churches were torched in East Texas. The culprits? Two Baptist teens having a crisis of faith.

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Trial By Fire

The arson case that may have led Texas to execute an innocent man.