It is hard to wrap your head around what would motivate someone to do something so incredibly evil as to actually intentionally light someone on fire, but that is the case last week in Brooklyn Center Minnesota. his story as reported by Bring Me The News has lots of twists and turns with a lot of unanswered questions.

59-year-old Charles Medgar Hall has been charged with allegedly dousing a man in gasoline and setting him on fire in Brooklyn Center on December 1. According to the criminal complaint, earlier that day Hall and the victim had gotten into a verbal fight, and apparently, the victim called Hall and said he was going to "smack the s%$# out of him."

Here is where things take a wild turn Hall asked his son if he could borrow his car, which he did. Then Hall went to a gas station and filled up a "BIG GULP" cup with gasoline, which I would guess would seem to raise a flag to a clerk but what are they supposed to do, not let someone buy a cup worth of gasoline?

Hall's son and the victim had left the house together and were gone for about 2 and 1/2 hours and when they returned Hall was waiting for them with his cup of gasoline.  As both men headed toward the house Hall told his son to "step aside" then doused the victim with the cup of gasoline and then set him on fire with a butane torch.

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"According to the criminal complaint, the victim's skin "appeared to be melting off his chest, stomach, face and hands" when police responded to the 911 call. After he became incoherent, he was taken to a nearby hospital."

The only information available on the victim is that he is intubated and in a medically induced coma and is in critical condition, his prognosis is unknown at this time. Hall is charged via a warrant with first-degree assault causing great bodily harm in this case. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and/or up to a $30,000 fine. Of course, if the victim does not survive his charges will change.

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