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Son Wanted More Than Coal This Christmas

FEASTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) A man angry that he got no presents for Christmas burned down his parents' house early the next morning, police said.

Steven Murray, 21, was charged with arson and risking a catastrophe in the blaze that broke out early Sunday. No one was injured.

Police said Murray had himself committed to a hospital on Christmas Day, but then signed himself out and walked eight miles home. Later he told police he saw the flames in the distance.

But officers said his jacket smelled of smoke and they found a lighter in his pocket and a gas can near the front door.

"He was irritated that his family gave him no presents for Christmas," Lower Southampton police officer Peter Liese said.

Murray was jailed on $1 million bail. It was not immediately known whether he had a lawyer.

posted by -- on Dec 30, 2004 02:46PM

Maybe he was just playing with his lump of coal. You know - it's all fun and games until somebody loses a house...
posted by Clint Phipps on Dec 30, 2004 11:33PM