1. week of madness

    Man Who Set Himself on Fire Dies

    Police officers investigate the scene where a man set himself on fire in front of the U.S. Capitol building on the U.S. National Mall in Washington, October 4, 2013. The man was rushed to a local hospital by helicopter after using fuel to set himself ablaze near the National Gallery of Art in the middle of the mall, which remains closed due to the U.S. government shutdown.     REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES  - Tags: CRIME LAW)   - RTR3FLVF

    Gary Cameron/Reuters

    The man who lit himself on fire yesterday on the National Mall has died at the hospital from his injuries—which are so severe that DNA and dental records will have to be used to identify the body. Witnesses say around 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, the man doused himself in gasoline and set himself ablaze. Nearby joggers took off their shirts to extinguish the flames. Police say he was breathing and conscious when firefighters arrived and airlifted him to a hospital. His death comes just two days after a woman was shot and killed by police after ramming into gates near the White House. Did someone taint the water in D.C.?

    Read it at The Associated Press