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    Huckaby and the Arson Fires

    One of the first articles about this was in the Orange County Register on Sunday April 19, 2009.
    The article itself is a good long look at some of her adventures in Southern California, including her brush with fire.

    Woman suspected in 8-year-old's slaying grew up in O.C.
    Melissa Huckaby blended in at high school before hitting rocky patch.

    By SARAH TULLY and LOU PONSI

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    "Before moving to Tracy, Huckaby rented a room for a few months in a four-bedroom house in La Palma in 2007.

    "She was very nice ... very cordial," said Evelyn Lloyd, her housemate who lived at the house for about 12 years. "Every girl who ended up in (that) house had a story. She (Huckaby) really didn't have a story. She was very secretive."

    At first, Lloyd said she "never detected any depression or craziness or any violent behavior."

    But then, in 2007, two fires were set at the house just eight days apart. Lloyd was arrested in the first fire on July 20, but the case against her was dismissed. Lloyd said Huckaby might have set her up.

    Huckaby and her daughter were at the house when the second fire broke out, on July 28, said La Palma Police Chief Edward Ethell. Everyone who lived at the house, including Huckaby, was questioned about the fire.

    Huckaby was considered a "person of interest," but she was not arrested, Ethell said. La Palma police officers are sharing information about the fire case with the Tracy Police Department and the investigation is ongoing, Ethell said."

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    Thanks to the fine young journalists at Tracy Press we now have a new article about Huckaby and the fires.

    Huckaby linked to SoCal arson case

    by Justin Lafferty
    Wednesday April 22, 2009

    Tidbits only, its a must read article. and the Tracy Press articles seem to disappear fairly quickly. Their server isn't big enough, I guess.

    "Evelyn Lloyd, Huckaby’s roommate for eight months, said in a phone interview today from Southern California that police should look more closely at Huckaby’s involvement in the two fires that damaged the four-bedroom house they shared in La Palma."

    "After the first fire, Lloyd said, police found a baby’s bottle with gasoline, a threatening letter and newspapers stuffed in the side window of her first-story room."


    The previous article said Huckaby had lived there four months, this one says eight months which is a much more significant amount of time, imo.

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    i.b. nora, thank you for starting this thread.

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    Interesting part in the article bolded:

    After the first fire, Lloyd said, police found a baby’s bottle with gasoline, a threatening letter and newspapers stuffed in the side window of her first-story room.

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    Couldn't they have run some forensics on the letter, the baby bottle, etc.? It sounds like another dropped ball to me! Sheesh! Wouldn't that be Arson Investigation 101?!
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    I think more stuff about MH will come out of the wood work soon............she seems very distructive, secretive and very odd..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by passionflower View Post
    I think more stuff about MH will come out of the wood work soon............she seems very distructive, secretive and very odd..........
    I agree passion... and she seems to like to leave letters/notes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by passionflower View Post
    I think more stuff about MH will come out of the wood work soon............she seems very destructive, secretive and very odd..........
    She seems very diabolical and dangerous imo.

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    do we have dates for the fires that were 8 days apart? TIA
    found my answer July 20 and 28th 2007
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    Quote Originally Posted by passionflower View Post
    do we have dates for the fires that were 8 days apart? TIA
    found my answer July 20 and 28th 2007
    Actually July 19 and 27, 2007


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    The article sounds like the letter was threatening Ms. Loyd since the note was found in her window. I wonder what the note said, how much damage was done with the two fires, if Ms. Loyd lost all her belongings or had trouble getting insurance coverage since she was suspected. How evil. The note proves there was definitely no accidental fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arielilane View Post
    Interesting part in the article bolded:

    After the first fire, Lloyd said, police found a baby’s bottle with gasoline, a threatening letter and newspapers stuffed in the side window of her first-story room.
    Great thread! I was wondering if someone was going to find an article that mentioned the fires, and this article was awesome... thank you i.b.nora!

    arielilane,
    The note part jumped out at me to, would that be part of her m.o.? I know that psychiatry has basically thrown out the diagnosis of multiple personalities, but I can totally see how the crimes that we know of present MH as a very Dr. Heckle/Mr. Hyde.
    * Bad MH writes a threatening letter, good MH tries to destroy it by fire (I know that at first glance the setting the fire is seen as the "bad" act, but thinking outside the box she could have trying to destroy her "bad" self. The crime is just so filled with symbolism: baby bottle usually associated with nurturing and motherhood is filled with gasoline, a poison, toxic substance. The note, symbolizing the voice of her guilty "bad" self is tried by fire, judged and destroyed.)
    * Good MH steals in an attempt by the "good self" to draw attention to MH, to get help, "bad" MH was probably resisting services.
    * "Bad" MH kidnaps and drugs a little girl, "good" Sandra returns the child to her home and would have been investigated were it not for the attitude of the police.
    * Before having to face treatment as a result of the theft charges, the "bad" self rapes and kills Sandra, the "good" MH turns herself in.

    Ya, I know the above is "out there", I guess the fire and the bottle really caught my attention because of her family's background with the church. Fire = Hell, Bottle = Mary.... This case is just so out there to begin with.

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    Or, if she did it, maybe she thought that she could get back with her husband or go live with parents, grandparents for free if there was danger and her home was destroyed. Some women have even set up fires to get rid of husbands and their own children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txsvicki View Post
    Or, if she did it, maybe she thought that she could get back with her husband or go live with parents, grandparents for free if there was danger and her home was destroyed. Some women have even set up fires to get rid of husbands and their own children.
    Do you mean she set the fire the her room so that it would be destroyed so she could tell everyone she needed to be rescued? I can see her thinking like that.

    If her little girl was young it seems kinda weird that her family would not want to provide a transitional place for MH and her daughter to stay, ya know not wanting their grandchild/neice to grow up around strangers. I wonder if she lived at that place because she did not want to be around her family or because they did not want to be around her.

    Since the baby bottle was in the fire I can see her telling them that next time the little girl might not be so lucky, they don't really know who set the fire etc. Do we know if she went from this place to stay with her grandparents? I wonder if there are other incidents like this that her family or friends know about but haven't mentioned because they didn't have any direct proof that it was Melissa?

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    Quote Originally Posted by i.b.nora View Post
    One of the first articles about this was in the Orange County Register on Sunday April 19, 2009.
    The article itself is a good long look at some of her adventures in Southern California, including her brush with fire.

    Woman suspected in 8-year-old's slaying grew up in O.C.
    Melissa Huckaby blended in at high school before hitting rocky patch.

    By SARAH TULLY and LOU PONSI

    excerpt

    "Before moving to Tracy, Huckaby rented a room for a few months in a four-bedroom house in La Palma in 2007.

    "She was very nice ... very cordial," said Evelyn Lloyd, her housemate who lived at the house for about 12 years. "Every girl who ended up in (that) house had a story. She (Huckaby) really didn't have a story. She was very secretive."

    At first, Lloyd said she "never detected any depression or craziness or any violent behavior."

    But then, in 2007, two fires were set at the house just eight days apart. Lloyd was arrested in the first fire on July 20, but the case against her was dismissed. Lloyd said Huckaby might have set her up.

    Huckaby and her daughter were at the house when the second fire broke out, on July 28, said La Palma Police Chief Edward Ethell. Everyone who lived at the house, including Huckaby, was questioned about the fire.

    Huckaby was considered a "person of interest," but she was not arrested, Ethell said. La Palma police officers are sharing information about the fire case with the Tracy Police Department and the investigation is ongoing, Ethell said."
    I'm wondering if that house was some kind of group home or residence for mentally ill people. Her housemate lived there for 12 years?? Was she a member of the family that owned the home, or just a boarder?

    And then the part about "every girl who ended up in that house had a story" intrigues me. How many girls lived there during the 12 years the housemate was there? What kind of "stories" did they have??

    When you're a normal person and you rent a room in a house, they don't speak of you "ending up" there. "Ending up" from where? All those girls through the years "ending up in that house"...

    And the housemate "never detected any depression or craziness or any violent behavior." That's an odd thing to say, IMO. Was she expecting something along those lines, and surprised that MH seemed more normal?

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