557. The Mysterious Case of Althea Bernstein / A woman claims to have been assaulted with cigarette lighters by 'frat boys' in Madison Wisconsin. There was a Black Lives Matter protest going on there at the time. / 2020-07-30
Type of hoax:
Althea Bernstein says that one of the boys “threw a lit lighter” at her to ignite the fluid. Since disposable butane lighters go out when released, one must assume that this lighter must have been of an old-time Zippo-like design. The cheapest Zippo lighters on Amazon.com retail for $16.95 and tend to pick up the user’s fingerprints, making them both rather pricey and incriminating to be thrown away in an arson attack. No lighter was found in Bernstein’s vehicle.