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Cameron Todd Willingham's Lighter
Cameron Todd Willingham's Lighter

Origin

Cameron Todd Willingham

Type

Lighter

Effects

Boils water in immediate vicinity

Downsides

Can incite a flashover event

Activation

Proximity

Collected by

Warehouse 13 Agents

Section

Nero-637H

Aisle

778-0001

Shelf

99005-6578-622

Date of Collection

1992

[Source]


OriginEdit

Cameron Todd Willingham (1968 – 2004) was an American man who was convicted of murdering his three young children by arson. On December 23rd, 1991, a fire destroyed the Willingham family home, killing three daughters. Willingham himself managed to escape with only minor burns. Stacy Kuykendall, Willingham's then wife and mother of the children was out shopping for Christmas presents. Prosecutors at first charged Willingham with murder in an attempt to cover up child abuse. However, there was no evidence of child abuse and Kuykendall told prosecutors that Willingham would never harm his children.

However, signs at the house showed proof that the fire was started 'by a human's hand' as there were accelerant puddles all over the house to suggest gasoline or lighter fluid was used. This adamant defense stayed with him all the way to his execution in 2004. The case was examined after the fact with both sides stating that Willingham was both guilty and innocent. In late 2009 Kuykendall came forward stating that Willingham confessed on the eve of his execution that he had indeed set the fire that killed his daughters.

EffectsEdit

Turns all water in vicinity boiling if someone nearby lies. Water will keep boiling until said person(s) confess. If the lies prove too numerous, contradictory or obviou, the nearest area will flashover. Everything combustible will burst into flames all at once. Can cause a swirling inferno that traps anyone unfortunate enough to be in the area. Damages appear to be weaker when in large or empty spaces as opposed to a packed home.

TriviaEdit

Affected area is 400 square feet for the boiling, but the resulting fire may consume more.

Inspiration for the Twilight Zone episode "Burned" of the second revival series.

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