Bullhead Arizona Death Case

Topics: Firefighter, Volunteer fire department, Thought Pages: 2 (679 words) Published: March 10, 2010
In Bullhead City, Arizona, the city Sue Johnson and her husband thought would be a great place to raise their two children, one of their children, Scott dies in a mysterious shack fire. Sue and her husband moved from California to Arizona in the year 1973. Less than fifty yards from their new home, there stood an old shed, once used by copper miners as a powder magazine. Soon enough it became a playhouse for Scott and his friends, while Sue kept a close eye on the kids. On April 3rd,, 1974, at 3:45 P.M., the bullhead City Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call, the shed (The old powder magazine) was on fire. A former Bullhead City Fire Chief Larry Adams says he can remember the details very vividly: “What I could see through the smoke is what appeared to be upholstery on the floor. When I got the pike pole, I stooped down to look under the smoke to hook this material and hook it out to extinguish it.” But what Adams found were the badly burned bodies of Scott Johnson and his friends. After 7 weeks went by, the coroner concluded that the fire was accidental; suggesting the boys were play with matches or gasoline, but Sue didn’t buy it.

Sue had no doubt in her head it was a murder stating: “I was shocked, I was very shocked. My child was certainly smarter than to just lay in the back of a building and wait to be asphyxiated by smoke or burned by fire. It’s kind of an obvious thing. I always knew it was a murder, always.” But Sue wasn’t the only one to believe that this was not an accident, former fire chief Adams also believe that Scott and his friends were victims of foul play. As evidence shows a few feet away from the door Adams found a small 2-by-12 inch wooden plank. Adams thought it was odd that a board had a small charred circle on one side. Adams states his reasoning for thinking this was a murder: ‘it indicated to me that somebody had prevented their escape through that door. They may have initially tried to hold the door, but it’s metal, it got...
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