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"Flame Retard-ant", Way to Die #205, is the fourth death to be aired on "Better Them Than Us" which aired on March 16, 2011.

Plot

Richard was a pyromaniac with an intense addiction to fire. The sense of personal property was all lost on this freak as he usually torched his neighbors' trash cans. One day, he went out into the woods and waited for a camping couple to leave their tent unattended before he doused it in lighter fluid and set it ablaze. Afterwards, he wanted to take it to the next level. He was about to set fire to a tree (possibly with the intention of causing a forest fire), but he didn't realize at first that he accidentally got some lighter fluid on his pants. When he lit the tree up, he also went up in smoke. He flails in anquish as the flames tarnish his body, then jumps into a nearby creek. Despite the seemingly obvious result, Richard did not burn to death. When he was on fire, he suffered third-degree burns that burned all the way into his bones and cartilage. His joints, muscles, and bones melted and fused together, rendering him completely paralyzed. With this factor, Richard was unable to crawl out of the creek, and water seeped into his nose and mouth, resulting in him drowning. His demise could have been avoided if he threw his lighter at the tree from a long distance or backed up from the tree as he was spraying lighter fluid at it, and besides, he could have stopped, dropped, and rolled.

Interviewees

  • Dr. Marc Kern - Clinical Psycologist
  • Dr. Bal Raj - Orthopedic Surgeon
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Trivia

  • Also called "Stop, Drop, And Die" on the Spike TV website.
  • The producers might have selected Burnside as the location as a joke.
  • It is based on the death of 41-year-old Jenny Rider. She sprayed gasoline on her clothes and set herself on fire. As soon as she went up in flames, she regretted it and then jumped into a river in New Norfolk, Tasmania, to put out the flames. She lost consciousness on a rock and drowned.
  • A man named Lewis died similarly.
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