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John Russell Houser

Arson attempt


Sometime in the 1980s, Houser tries to hire a man to set fire to the law office of John Swearingen, an attorney representing the owners of pornographic theaters, which Houser detested. However, the man Houser tries to hire is a police informant who turns Houser in. According to Swearingen, Houser reportedly told the prospective arsonist to be sure not to kill anyone — except Swearingen. allegedly saying:

I don’t mind if he dies.

Swearingen agrees to not to press charges against Houser if the family gets him mental health treatment.