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Jay Scott Ballinger - 'Missionary of Lucifer' Church Arsonist - Christmas Card and Envelope


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Jay Scott Ballinger deliberately set fire to 26 churches across eight states including one in which a firefighter was killed.

Ballinger frequently expressed his hostility toward organized Christianity, signed individuals he met to contracts with the devil, and termed himself a Missionary of Lucifer and a Saint of Hades. In late 1993 Ballinger met an 18-year-old woman named Angela Wood with whom he soon entered into a romantic relationship. Ballinger and Wood traveled the country together, primarily living in motels on a short term basis. Wood obtained short-term employment as a nightclub dancer at various locations around the United States in order to support them and pay their living expenses. Wood also assisted Ballinger in setting many of the church fires, primarily acting as a lookout so no one would see Ballinger set the fires, but also carrying gas cans and other supplies for Ballinger while he set the fires.

Ballinger's setting of church fires followed a distinct pattern. Most of the fires were set late at night or early in the morning. Most of the fires were set at isolated rural churches. On most occasions, Ballinger broke a window at the side or back of the church, poured a flammable mixture (usually gasoline) into the church, set the flammable mixture on fire with a lighter, then left the area.

Ballinger carried out more acts of church arson than any other church arsonist. Federal authorities initially stated that Ballinger admitted burning 30 to 50 churches in 11 states between 1994 and 1998.. Balliger was sentenced to 42 years and ordered by a federal judge to pay $3.6 million in restitution. 

Christmas card and envelope. Inside of card contains handwritten message. Card is signed in full. Original matching handwritten envelope is also included.

Product Code: JBALLING100E


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